Owner Delisea Carter used to work in real estate, but she decided to spend more time with her family after being diagnosed with cancer several years ago.
After a couple of years of being a stay-at-home mom and taking care of her health, Carter said she found herself wanting to do more.
That is when her husband called her about a friend who was salvaging old boxcars and making the pieces into furniture. Her husband encouraged her to open a furniture store to sell the pieces.
“I instantly fell in love, and I knew this was something I wanted to do,” Carter said. “… I saw the potential in those furniture pieces and not those stamped-out pieces you see everywhere else.”
Carter started the business in April 2016 and opened her first location on Rose Lane in Frisco on July 4, 2016. Her second location in downtown Frisco has been open since November 2018.
“Something that is unique about our furniture is that if two people were to come in and pick out the same design for a table, the tables wouldn’t look exactly the same,” Carter said. “Each piece is made from different wood out of different cars, so there’s different distressing, or the wood could take the [paint] stain differently.”
Carter also said furniture can be built to the customers’ liking.
Boxcar House started to receive acclaim after opening and was named one of the Best Boutiques in the South by Southern Living Magazine. Carter said the store began receiving requests from people all over the country, including “Fixer Upper” TV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. The couple purchased the store’s diploma desk, which had material that previously served as steel floor grates and as a wash grate for cargo spillage.
“We have been so fortunate to receive that attention, and it showed that we really have something unique here,” Carter said. “Our goal is for our customers to have at least one unique piece of furniture in their homes that will truly last a lifetime.”
122 Rose Lane, Ste. 702, Frisco
6990 Main St., Ste. 15, Frisco
Rose Lane location: Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m.
Downtown location: Tues.-Sat. noon-5 p.m.