“The Little Cottage Antiques” was a name that came about by happenstance.
Prior to the Feb. 1 opening, Ripon residents Sharon and Dave Sanchez were working on the shop in historic downtown and took notice of the detached structure.
“It looked like a cottage,” said Sharon Sanchez, who operated two similar-type businesses in Modesto and twice in Oakdale. “That’s where the name took off.”
As far as getting to the antique store that carries a mix of new and old products?
She noted: “We get asked that all the time – where are you?”
The address is 113 E. Main St. – on the same side of the street as Ripon Roadhouse, A Matter of Taste Wine Bar & Bistro, and Las Casuelas Mexican Restaurant – but in order to get to The Little Cottage Antiques entails driving into the side car-lot park where East Main Street and South Industrial Avenue meet up.
The Little Cottage Antiques is in a standalone building facing the parking spaces, equipped with a front lawn, plants, and a picket fence adorn by a stars & stripes bunting.
Sone of the new inventory includes ball caps with the worn-out look, AWSB soap line, Swan Creek Candles, wine stoppers, potpourri, rice & tissue papers, paint brushes, Dixie Belle Mineral Paint, coffee mugs, and other gift ideas.
Forget today’s preassembled furniture made of pressed wood – The Little Cottage Antiques carries the old-fashioned quality items such as chested drawers, dividers, tables, etc.
“We’ll paint it to fit,” said Sharon Sanchez, who is also an interior designer.
The Little Cottage Antiques is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 209.253.0620 or click on to The Little Cottage Antiques on Facebook.