Though shops are somewhat scattered, Orleans is full of great finds for browsers and grazers.
Got an old house in need of illumination, or a new one in want of some style? You'll find some 400 vintage light fixtures at Continuum Antiques, 7 S. Orleans Rd./Rte 28, south of the junction with Route 6A (tel. 508/255-8513; www.oldlamp.com), from Victorian to colonial, along with a smattering of old advertising signs and venerable duck decoys. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 4:30pm, by chance or appointment.
Arts & Crafts
Stop by Kemp Pottery, 9 Cranberry Hwy./Rte. 6A, about one-quarter mile south of the rotary (tel. 508/255-5853; www.kemppottery.com), and check out Steve Kemp's turned and slab-built creations. From soup tureens to fanciful sculptures, they're remarkably colorful and one-of-a-kind.
Tree's Place, at the intersection of Route 6A and Route 28, Orleans (tel. 888/255-1330 or 508/255-1330; www.treesplace.com), is considered the premier gallery for contemporary realist work in the region. There is also an extensive fine-crafts, gift, and tile shop here.
In the Skaket Corners shopping center, on Route 6A, is a branch of the large retailer Booksmith/Musicsmith (tel. 508/255-4590).
Karol Richardson, 47 Main St., in the center of town (tel. 508/255-3944; www.karolrichardson.com), is a preview of Richardson's main showroom in Wellfleet; stop in to see the latest from this gifted ex-Londoner.
Birders will go batty over Bird Watcher's General Store, 36 Rte. 6A, south of the rotary (tel. 800/562-1512; www.birdwatchersgeneralstore.com). The brainchild of local aficionado Mike O'Connor, who'd like everyone to share his passion, it stocks virtually every bird-watching accessory under the sun, from basic binoculars to costly telescopes, modest birdhouses to birdbaths fit for a tiny Roman emperor; there's also a good selection of CDs and field guides.
For something a little different, check out Weekend, 217 Main St., East Orleans (tel. 508/255-9300; www.capeweekend.com), a boutique opened by former set designer Mari Pocari, in a historic building that used to be a general store. It sells one-of-a-kind colorful jewelry, art, women's fashions, baby apparel, and home-design and spa products.
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