Sunday, October 18, 2009

Article on Vintage Indie

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Tea Leaf Cottage Orange, CA

My husband and I recently visited Southern California for our anniversary. After 2 1/2 days at Disneyland, we rented a car and ventured into the historic district of Orange. Easy to access either by freeway or main roads, this charming little town is considered the "antiques capital of southern California". It definitely lives up to its reputation.

There are many antique malls as well as individually owned and operated shops. At least two vintage clothing stores line the streets. However, one shop stood out among all the rest. Tea Leaf Cottage, owned by Joan Alford, is a delightful mix of antiques and gift items. Specializing in romantic decor, the booths are filled with vintage purses, jewelry, hats, dolls, stationery, glassware, china, chandeliers, pillows, shabby chic items and more. The displays are eye catching and beautiful.

Alford purchased the business 8 years ago. She had been a dealer with the original owners. The shop now has 6 different dealers who have been with her the entire time. Diane Sedo, author of Taking Tea with Alice, has a booth at Tea Leaf Cottage. She has been featured in Romantic Homes on several occasions. Alford moved the shop to its current location 4 1/2 years ago. The building itself was built in the late 1800s and has the original tin ceiling and wood floors. Soft music playing in the background completes the attention to detail and beauty one will find here.

Gift certificates and layaway are offered.

Address: 141 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866

Phone: 714-771-7752

Hours: 10-5 or 11-6 depending on the season, extended hours during the Christmas season and special town events.

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