Down Home Antique store is owned by husband and wife, Don and Peggy Arbenz. Peggy began collecting antiques as a child and decided to become a dealer by renting space in local malls. In 1996, Peggy, with her sisters, Janet and Patty, opened their own store in a 700 square foot storefront in Yorba Linda, California. Soon they realized they needed more room and after a year and a half, Peggy and Janet moved locations and opened Down Home American Country Antiques, Inc. in their hometown of Orange, California. In July, 2010, Janet retired from the business, but still maintains dealer space at Down Home Antiques. Don retired from Anaheim Fire Department in December 2009 and stepped in as Peggy's partner at the store, as well as in life.
Orange is unique in that its old town area was preserved and many of the buildings have not changed much since the early 1900's. Old Town Orange is built around a traffic circle. The four spoke streets off the plaza are lined with gorgeous historic buildings that house stores and restaurants. While we remember going to the movie theater to watch Elvis Presley movies, and tagging long with our mom as she shopped at J.C. Penny's, today it is a tourist destination lined with Antique stores, Boutiques, and Eateries. No wonder several movies and commercials have been filmed in Old Towne Orange.
While Down Home shares the Plaza with many other businesses, Down Home's antique store stands out for a variety of reasons. We have 4000 square feet and 30 dealers, certainly not the biggest antique mall in Orange, but we definitely have a lot to offer antique collectors and decorators searching for that special piece. Our dealers look for the best in American Country, often traveling to all parts of the country to do so.
When many antique malls have resorted to gift items, newer collectibles, and lesser quality pieces, we try to offer items from the 1950's and earlier, with a huge percentage coming from the 19th century.
We strive to find pieces in their original condition and always look for unusual, interesting items. While we cater to those collecting American Country, we have several sub-categories in our antique store such as Americana, Patriotic, Lodge, Western, Garden, General Store, Advertising, Folk Art, and Cottage. While we always have true-blue country like yellow ware, stoneware, ironstone, quilts, hooked rugs, folk art, early s