Our Story

Karolina's Antiques was started by a Mexican immigrant mother looking for a job that would allow her to bring her children to work with her. She stumbled across the old North West Flea Market and started selling knick knacks, old toys, clothes, and just things her family out grew. She instantly fell in love. The flea market was just the begining, in 1997 as her kids got older she opened her first second-hand store "Samantha's" named after her only daughter, the store was located on Blanco and Fresno. As years went by she really missed the hustle and bustle of the flea market, and in 2004 a bigger location had become available in the same shopping center as her beloved flea market. She knew it was going to be alot of work having such a large store, but with her husband and her two older sons by her side they decided to take on the gamble. The gamble was profitible and "Samantha's" was a huge hit at its new location and Maria had her beloved flea market just outside the door. One day while driving down Blanco, Maria saw an empty building that caught her attention. She than told her two boys "look! One day this is going to be mine" the boys just laughed and said "sure Mom" as they kept driving. Just as she promised in 2007 she signed her contract and had that building on Blanco. Her and her family contimplated on a name for weeks finally deciding on "Karolina's" after her hero, her mother. She had her eldest son Uriel work at "Karolina's" as her middle son Anthony stayed and helped at "Samantha's" but the honeymoon did not last long. In 2009 the North West shopping center and all its tenants including Peter Piper Pizza, The North West flea market, and Samantha's were closed down, indefintly. With a heavy heart "Samantha's" was retired and all the families energy was focused on "Karolina's". When "Karolina's" was opened in 2007 a business venture that was not in the plans was presented.  As Maria and her family began painting the store in bright beautiful multi colors people began inquiring to what the building would be and if there would be areas to rent inside the business. This had not even crossed their minds but they thought why not. The store opened in less than two weeks to a great opening and with 6 vendors. After about four years with the far corner of the Blanco Center, Maria set her sites on a second location. Just as her search began another opportunity presented itself and the opposite end of the Blanco Center came up available. Maria jumped at the opportuniy and in 2011 opened up a second "Karolina's". Now only 3 years later in 2014 Maria took over the middle part of the 9000 sq foot building. Now with fifteen vendors,  a 2015 "Best Antique Store in San Antonio" award from The San Antonio Current and many other social recognitions for her family owned and run store continues to grow. Maria's wish is to continue to grow and expand while keeping her families strong bond through their business, also by keeping her long time and new customers happy in the nostalgic feel of her shop. She strives to uphold her motto "a little bit of everything for everyone" by keeping "Karolina's" eclectic, fun, and at a reasonable price.

Family Roles

  • Maria Vega: Owner, Picker, Pricer

  • Leonard Vega: Owner, Picker

  • Uriel Diaz: Manager, Sales Person, Labor

  • Anthony Diaz: Manager, Sales Person, Labor

  • Samantha Diaz: Paper work, organizer

  • Leonard Vega: Part time sales

Social Recognition

  • 2011 San Antonio Express news "$hop girl finds shopping bliss in Beacon Hill" 

  • 2014 Beacon News "Spotlight on Beacon Hill Businesses

  • 2014 San Antonio Current BOSA runner up "Best Antique Store"

  • 2015 Karolina's Fiesta Medal 

  • 2015 San Antonio Express news "Renovating History in Government Hill"

  • 2015 San Antonio Current BOSA WINNER "Best Antique Store" "Best Discount Store"

  • 2015 Out in SA magazine "Fall 2015"

  • 2016 Karolina's Fiesta Medal 

  • 2016 San Antonio Current BOSA runner up "Best Antique Store"

  • 2016 www.outinsa.com "LGBT block party/fashion show" 

  • 2016 San Antonio Current "Mexiqueens"

  • 2016 www.sacurrent.com "Moments from Mexiqueens" 

  • 2016 www.do210.com "Mexiqueens"

  • 2016 www.sacurrent.com "Go Retro"

  • 2016 Karolina's Antiques Facebook 1300 likes

  • 2016 @karolinasantiques Instagram 1199 Followers

Feb 24, 2016

Go Retro

Karolina's Antiques is mentioned as one of the must visit vintage spots in San Antonio 

Apr 09, 2016

Moments from Mexiqueens

"Mexiqueens" was an art gallery and fashion show by local artist Anthony Diaz and local deisgner Caterina Gutierrez hosted by Karolina's Antiques 

Jan 08, 2016

LGBT Block Party/ Fashion show

LGBT Block party/ Fashion show with local artist, musicians, and designers held in front of Karolina's Antiques

Oct 20, 2011

$hop girl finds bliss in Beacon Hill

Karolina's Antiques is mentioned as one of the treasure finds made by $hop Girl in this "blissful" Beacon Hill neighborhood 

Jan 18, 2015

Renovating History in Government Hill

Karolina's Antiques is mentioned by one of thier loyal customers when asked about one of his favorite pieces in his beautiful home.

Apr 22, 2015

Best of San Antonio 2015

Karolina's Antiques won "Best Antique store' and "Best Discount store"

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