Orphanage Antiques-Strawberry

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Avoid at all costs unless you like to be harassed as you shop! This was the worst shopping experience I've ever had!

The aisles are extremely narrow and you need to *ask permission* to be allowed into any of the other levels off the main floor.

There was a lady at the counter and a male worker. The lady asked the man to let us into the lower level. He seemed friendly and tinkered around while we browsed. He was there but didn't follow us or seem to be staring at us.

Then we looked around the second (main) level a bit more. I had my 2.5 year old in her umbrella stroller (which barely fit the aisles) and my 5.5 year old daughters with me, both of whom have antiqued their entire lives. I am a fanatic about keeping tabs on them both- no touching etc. and they are extremely well behaved.

So at this point the woman starts following us around the main level. At no point have my kids done anything to make her think that there was going to be a problem (nor me for that matter). Well then my 5 year old saw a pretty perfume bottle that was on a shelf about a foot off the floor. She went near it and was not going to pick it up, but did touch it with her finger- a no-no in my book- and as I was correcting her, the female shopkeeper exclaimed like my daughter had picked up the perfume bottle as if to throw it - she said very loudly OH NO THAT IS EXPENSIVE!!! I just continued to correct my daughter and moved on.

I asked to be let upstairs to see the antiques since the main floor was all gift type stuff. The female shopkeeper dismissed the man who was sort of friendly and said she would take us upstairs. Before we went upstairs she LECTURED me on watching my daughters and how expensive the stuff was up there. I was polite and told her that I keep very close tabs on my children and that we've never had an incident yet. She replied in a snotty tone, "Well, I don't want MY place to be the first."

Once we were upstairs she was never more than 5 feet from us and stared at us the entire time. I quickly looked around and then could not get out of there fast enough. I was out the front door before she was even down the stairs.

This was the most unfriendly, inaccessible, overpriced antique store I have ever been in. She should change the name from "Orphanage Antiques" to "Orphanage Museum" so she can charge people admission and enforce her no-touch rules. It looked as if nothing had been moved or sold in ages as everything was covered with dust. She obviously has some issue with children which was ironic as she had lots of kid-oriented things for sale by the front door (stuffed animals etc). She has no business dealing with the public and I have no idea how she keeps that place open. Just an awful experience that I wish I had skipped. It literally clouded the rest of my afternoon.

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Avoid at all costs unless you like to be harassed as you shop! This was the worst shopping experience I've ever had!

The aisles are extremely narrow and you need to *ask permission* to be allowed into any of the other levels off the main floor.

There was a lady at the counter and a male worker. The lady asked the man to let us into the lower level. He seemed friendly and tinkered around while we browsed. He was there but didn't follow us or seem to be staring at us.

Then we looked around the second (main) level a bit more. I had my 2.5 year old in her umbrella stroller (which barely fit the aisles) and my 5.5 year old daughters with me, both of whom have antiqued their entire lives. I am a fanatic about keeping tabs on them both- no touching etc. and they are extremely well behaved.

So at this point the woman starts following us around the main level. At no point have my kids done anything to make her think that there was going to be a problem (nor me for that matter). Well then my 5 year old saw a pretty perfume bottle that was on a shelf about a foot off the floor. She went near it and was not going to pick it up, but did touch it with her finger- a no-no in my book- and as I was correcting her, the female shopkeeper exclaimed like my daughter had picked up the perfume bottle as if to throw it - she said very loudly OH NO THAT IS EXPENSIVE!!! I just continued to correct my daughter and moved on.

I asked to be let upstairs to see the antiques since the main floor was all gift type stuff. The female shopkeeper dismissed the man who was sort of friendly and said she would take us upstairs. Before we went upstairs she LECTURED me on watching my daughters and how expensive the stuff was up there. I was polite and told her that I keep very close tabs on my children and that we've never had an incident yet. She replied in a snotty tone, "Well, I don't want MY place to be the first."

Once we were upstairs she was never more than 5 feet from us and stared at us the entire time. I quickly looked around and then could not get out of there fast enough. I was out the front door before she was even down the stairs.

This was the most unfriendly, inaccessible, overpriced antique store I have ever been in. She should change the name from "Orphanage Antiques" to "Orphanage Museum" so she can charge people admission and enforce her no-touch rules. It looked as if nothing had been moved or sold in ages as everything was covered with dust. She obviously has some issue with children which was ironic as she had lots of kid-oriented things for sale by the front door (stuffed animals etc). She has no business dealing with the public and I have no idea how she keeps that place open. Just an awful experience that I wish I had skipped. It literally clouded the rest of my afternoon.

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The sales people follow you very closely around the store, makes you feel like they don't trust you. The store is over packed with very narrow aisles so it is hard to get around and look at anything. They have a huge selection but are over priced. It isn't a friendly feeling to shop here.

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The sales people follow you very closely around the store, makes you feel like they don't trust you. The store is over packed with very narrow aisles so it is hard to get around and look at anything. They have a huge selection but are over priced. It isn't a friendly feeling to shop here.

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