An 1890 horse-drawn carriage, a giant statue of Jesus and Mary and lots of stenciled burlap pillows are part of the eclectic mix at the newly opened Princess & the Pauper store in northwest Fresno.
The store, at 1755 W. Bullard Ave. at the southeast corner of West Avenue, sells new and consigned furniture, home decor and gifts. The store was born out of owners Jannell and David Anthony’s hobby of checking out furniture and other shops while traveling.
They loved to do it, “so, why not turn it into a business?” David Anthony says.
Many of the items at the Princess & the Pauper were picked up on their travels. Some come from vendors they deal with, like the one who brought them old metal gates imported from France. Others are repurposed, such as an old trunk the Anthonys turned into a coffee table. Some are sold on consignment by homeowners and the couple is looking for more people interested in selling items through consignment.
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While the carriage, which the Anthonys found and had restored, sells for $1,999, the store also carries many smaller, less expensive items. There are little boy bow ties for $3.99, purses, organic soaps, vintage earrings and gloves made from alpaca fiber.
Jannell Anthony makes newsboy caps with multi-colored fabric and other items for the store. She embellishes many of the burlap pillows with the words “tea time” and/or fleur-de-lis designs.
Princess & the Pauper is in a former bank facing Bullard Avenue in the Fig Tree Plaza. The bank’s vault is now part of the sales floor and displays a dining room table, chairs and old doors.