For the last two years, Irma Robles Haraughty was a vendor at Country Roads in Old Towne. Now she and her husband Ken have branched out on their own, opening Vintiques Home Décor at 105 West Chapman Ave.
Highlighting everything from Country French to Shabby Chic, the newly opened shop features 15 unique vendors showcasing an array of home décor wares. Among the items on display include lamps, chandeliers, mirrors, refurbished and hand-painted furniture, candles, accessories and more.
Pointing to the variety of unique finds in the store, Irma expresses pride in the quality of her vendors.
One of our booths features a carnival theme with colorful items like old metal ducks on wheels, a vintage roulette wheel and an antique French table, says Irma.
Our vendors shop their hearts for what makes them happy, and you can see it in their booths.
In the retail business for 17 years, Ken provides the brain and the brawn to their venture, says Irma, who focuses on the creative side. Ken is the former owner of Game Rooms by Design in Riverside, which sold pool tables, poker tables, air hockey and more.
Eventually the couple moved to Indiana, but soon returned to Orange County where Irma became involved in flea markets.
I love antiquing, as well as refurbishing old things, she says. Some of our vendors are friends I knew from my time doing flea markets.
Irma says customers are in for a treat regarding the range of inventory at Vintiques Home Décor, which includes primitives, coastal, Antique Victorian and beautifully painted furnishings.
We feel like a family and everybody is so happy to be here, she says. Its amazing how positive and awesome our vendors are.
Published in the Nov/Dec 2012 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review
Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Jeanine Hill
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