Virginia Brown (seated), owner of Carousel Horse Antiques, Collectibles and Home Décor, pauses for a photo with Pam Towry and Vicky Groce. Carousel Horse, located at 1115B Huntsville Hwy., behind Shorty’s Restaurant, will host an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Shoppers will delight in exploring the many gift ideas in the ambiance of a winter wonderland during Saturday’s open house at Carousel Horse Antiques, Collectibles and Home Décor.

Located at 1115B Huntsville Hwy., behind Shorty’s Restaurant, Carousel Horse will be awarding door prizes, hot cider and other refreshments between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during their open house on Saturday, Dec. 7. Fayetteville’s Christmas Parade follows the open house at 5 p.m.

Carousel Horse offers a selection of gift ideas and stocking stuffers from $5 and up, along with gift certificates, antiques, collectibles, décor, glassware, purses, jewelry, a large selection of Blackberry Paint and painted furniture, soaps and much more. Though they offer gift wrapping service, some items are already wrapped and ready to go.

Owner Virginia Brown credits three constant vendors, Vicky Groce, Pam Towry and Dot Rigsby, for their artistic flair while decorating and arranging merchandise.

“It’s set up so you can imagine what it ought to look like in your home,” Virginia said. “Groupings of furniture and merchandise are set up to give consumers an idea of how it might look in their home.”

It’s also set up so that those in wheelchairs can easily navigate between the displays. She is currently in the process of expanding the store behind the “Man Cave” area.

Virginia’s husband and partner, Jimmy, sadly passed away in May this year. He served in the United States Army for 20 years and for another 20 years in civil service. During his military career, he did three tours in Germany and served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Korea and Japan. Virginia recalled how she and Jimmy loved touring Europe and that she purchased many European antiques there. Jimmy mostly collected old metal toys and trains, which are displayed in showcases in the store.

“In Europe, he let me buy antiques, and I let him buy tools,” said Virginia.  “About 30 years I thought about opening a shop.”

“We bought land in 1999 and built a house. Jimmy retired from Redstone in 2007,” she said.

Then, in 2017, Jimmy went to a Van Massey auction and bought the building in which the store is currently located.

Following a lot of time and effort fixing up the building, the couple opened the Carousel Horse in March 2018.

“He worked hard,” Virginia said of her husband.

Regular hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

To contact the store, call 256-603-7267.

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