Dwelling: Some Things Old, Some Things New


One of my all-time favorite ways to escape the real world is to pick my way through a shop packed with antiques, collectibles and maybe a few new pieces tucked into the mix. I can lose myself for hours sorting through a stack of old lithographs or thinking about why I need that boudoir lamp with the bell-shape silk shade. When a friend recently asked me what I like best about my favorite haunts, a couple of essentials came to mind: a well-lighted space that has great things (at prices I want to pay) and that replenishes my soul with clever displays, inspiring ideas and a touch of the unexpected. Here’s a look at a few spots where I usually can count on the whole package.

Happy Hunting
To keep things fresh, antiques stores, co-ops and specialty shops often stock a mix of old and new merchandise. If you are in doubt about whether something is antique, collectible, just plain old or brand new, ask. That said, get out there and buy what you love. Here’s a look at what you’ll find where.

Antique Trove
236 Harding Blvd., Roseville
Collected wares for home and garden from 200-plus dealers

10139 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks
Salvaged architectural pieces, furnishings and objets d’art, new and old

Cottage Girls
5912 Palm Drive, Carmichael
Unusual and artfully arranged antiques, collectibles, furniture and accessories

7301 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael
Flowery and feminine European flea-market fare

The Tattered House
417 Oak St., Roseville
Vintage home and garden style with a twist of contemporary flair

Magnolia Antiques & Home Interiors
6468 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael
Pretty and practical antiques, collectibles and accessories (new and old) from 28 dealers

Six Yellow Chairs Vintage Living, Antiques and Accents
4216 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs
New and vintage pieces reclaimed from attics and garden sheds