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Cadillac Antiques Calling Lucerne Valley it’s High Desert Home

Small towns, like Lucerne Valley, can seem to move at their own pace — too slow for the younger generation, too fast for those entering their retirement years. Then there’s the working folk who want a slower pace.

Stylish Glass and Vases

Stylish Glass and Vases

Meet Patty Muldoon of Cadillac Antiques. She’s slowly moving up to the High Desert one weekend at a time. The new shop, open just a year ago come July, is a long-term investment for two couples. Patty and her husband, Ralph, are co-partner/owners with good friends Charlene and Dave Guertin.

“The High Desert offers so much of what we want: less noise, wide open spaces, blue skies, and at night you can see the stars,” says Patty.

When they made the choice to find the perfect place for an antiques shop in 2014, they all fell in love with the two-story Pueblo Building in Lucerne Valley. The building was once owned by Tom and Arla Daugherty and their daughter, Karen. Over the years, ill health took both Tom then Arla. Karen owned another business out-of-state so she began placing the large Pueblo-styled shop on the market.


A Few Dolls & Crafted Toys

A Few Dolls & Crafted Toys

The Muldoons and Guertins  made the move and the commitment to see their business grow, while the Muldoons are gradually moving to the less stressful lifestyle of the desert.

“We made some remodeling changes that exposed the wood rafter ceilings, then we painted and changed a few more things. I was a bit nervous when the current owner came by to check on us,” said Patty. “But Karen was pleased with the facelift, too. And I think her mother would have loved it.”

Men with find Car-lectibles and repurposed auto parts

Men with find Car-lectibles and repurposed auto parts

Settling into the new community has been much easier than they thought. Patty reports that so many people like to just come in and browse, talk to us like we’ve been here a long time.”

With the ideas of expansion, Patty explained that they’d like to add a “Cruising Cars & Coffee” event maybe once a month, and eventually a café next door. “In a small town people need something to do,” said Patty.

Snowy Curio Family

Snowy Curio Family

It’s the antiques and collectibles that draw new customers. You can stroll through a selection of mid-century art and icons, repurposed car art what Dave and Ralph call their ‘car-lectibles”, dolls, jewelry, paintings, kitchen gadgets and cut glass — all lovingly displayed in curio cabinets, and bookcases. Some items are on consignment, or offered through quality vendors, but most items are managed by the owners.

Two Young Girls

Two Young Girls

This past Saturday Patty hosted a bloggers brunch and shopping event with members of She provided breakfast croissants, fruit, pastries, and coffee. Bloggers will be posting here about their experience visiting with Patty and shopping among the vintage and antique items.

Meet Patty Muldoon

Meet Patty Muldoon

“Maybe it’s the small town attitude, the easy pace, that let’s us know that Cadillac Antiques is home. So we’ve decided to purchase the building in July.”


Cadillac Antiques, in Lucerne Valley’s historic Pueblo Building, is at 32090 State Hwy 18. They can be reached at (760) 248-2829. The store is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 11am-5pm; and closed Mondays.

The Pueblo Building now Cadillac Antiques store

The Pueblo Building now Cadillac Antiques store

Rusty LaGrange

Find Your Ps and Qs Antiques Latest Shop on 7th Street

At Find Your Ps and Qs Antiques Kelli, daughter of owners, admires the Green Room

At Find Your Ps and Qs Antiques Kelli, daughter of owners, admires the Green Room

Scott and Daughter Kelli greet shoppers on the weekends

Scott and daughter Kelli greet shoppers on the weekends

One of the newest antique and vintage shops is Find Your Ps and Qs Antiques. The odd name and the eclectic collections draw in curious vintage shoppers. There’s no disappointment at all. As you wander throughout, individual consignment rooms are filled by the whimsy of the booth renter, the collections become like night and day, antique and repurposed, tattered and loved, collectible and curious. 


Scott and Debra Pavone, and their daughters Kelli and Brandi, just hosted their Grand Opening of Find Your Ps and Qs Antiques to a crowd of eager shoppers last month. The owners’ daughters jumped right into the “up cycling” trend and crafts venture of their own, making personalized and themed coffee mugs and tile coasters.


Find Your Ps and Qs is also sponsoring our High Desert Blogging’s, first-ever, “Autumn Basket Give-away.” Their basket is full of useable and collectible items. Too many to list here. Stop by when you shop and sign-in to win. No purchase necessary. No tickets to buy. Three baskets will be given-away Nov. 15th and two more on Dec. 6th.


And why is all this happening? Because High Desert and their network of guest bloggers, have grown and helped advance the word of blogging into the communities for the past three years. We’re giving back to the communities that supported our efforts.Love pink? Step into the room that honors it.

Love pink? Step into the room that honors it.


Just sign up at any of the five vintage businesses listed below, and you could win one of five baskets brimming with antiques and collectibles, comfort foods and office supplies, and other personal lotions and potions from  many donors.

Scott and Debra’s shop is easy to find on downtown 7th street at the renovated Metropolitan Plaza in Victorville. Look for Gridiron Pizza, Find Your Ps and Qs Antiques is to the far right. The shop was formerly a doctor’s or dentist’s office many years ago, and now houses a variety of collections in small rooms and quaint alcoves managed by consignment booth renters or by the owners. Their shop is open 10-5 daily, except for Sundays, call (760) 951-2262 for more info or email

High Desert Blogging  “Autumn Basket Give-away” Victor Valley area sponsored shops:

1.      Vintage Gypsies, 21880 Hwy. 18 (across from Molly’s Country Kitchen in Old Town), Apple Valley, CA

2.      Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures, 19222 National Trails Hwy., Oro Grande,

3.      Salvaged & Tattered, 19248 National Trails Hwy., Oro Grande, CA

4.      Find Your Ps and Qs Antiques, 15080 7th Street, Suite 11, (near Gridiron Pizza) Victorville, CA

5.      The Desert Cottage, 15451 Bear Valley Road, Hesperia, CA


 More news coming…



Antique Shopping in the High Desert

Planting pink flowers in pots

Pink Aster

Mother’s Day is the second most popular gift-giving day of the year! Fashion, coffee shop, and antique shop gifts and gift cards are among the most favorite Mother’s Day gifts women receive. The other three things high on that favorite list are cards, flowers, and going out to eat at a restaurant.

“Give it some thought,” one young wife said she told her husband when he told her she’s hard to buy for. “It doesn’t take much – a card, some flowers, and take me out to eat, and I’m happy,” she said.

Make Mother’s Day meaningful for someone. Know someone whose mother doesn’t live near or a mother whose children live afar? Take her to one of the antique shops in the high desert. Browsing the vendor shops can bring back wonderful memories.

There are several nice antique and gift shops to consider such as Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures and Antique Station out in Oro Grande and The Desert Cottage on Bear Valley Road in Hesperia.

Carriage House Antiques is having a spring sale Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Take a pleasant stroll through the vendors’ shops while listening to the special music by Quiet Fire. Fun, food, giveaways and great prices are part of this antique shop’s spring sale day.

Mother’s Day can be filled with mixed emotions.  It’s a day to honor our mothers. If you know someone feeling down, missing a mother, grandmother, aunt, child or other loved one, perhaps you can be that one to bring some cheer by going with them to an antique shop for tea and a cookie.

A smile, a thoughtful word, a card, or flowers will be appreciated. Make it a special day.

California’s Old West Route 66 Antique Shopping

Source: via Angela on Pinterest


Antique shopping in So Cal’s High Desert should definitely be added to the things-to-do list for visitors to southern California. There are antique and vintage shops to keep one busy for a day or two at least. When a road trip between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is on a traveler’s vacation agenda, shopping in the Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley area will be worth the stop.

Owner Linda Marie of Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures often meets visitors from all over the world that travel the famous Route 66 who stop by her quaint vintage shop. Her shop is not far from I15, and Antique Station is next door. P’s & Q’s Antiques is not far from these two shops, and Vintage Gypsies vintage shop is on Highway 18 in Apple Valley located in the Historic Roy Rogers Apple Valley Inn. Carriage House Antiques in Hesperia only takes minutes to get to from these other shops and definitely is worth seeing.

High Desert Blogging’s featured antique shop this week is Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. Last weekend one of her new vendors held a grand opening, the Deadwood Mercantile. Browsing the vendor shops outside is what one could imagine taking a shopping trip back to the Old West or to the 1950’s would be like.

A visit to Linda Marie’s shop on Facebook makes it easy to keep up with current vintage finds. The photo collage below captures vintage variety finds the day of March 16, 2013 Deadwood Mercantile grand opening. Guests signed up for giveaway prizes near the gate entry where Nerium Oleander anti-aging treatment cream was displayed by Brand Partner Angela Horn.


Vintage Shopping at Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures

Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures, Oro Grande, CA

High Desert Antique and Vintage Shops:
Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures
19222 National Trails Hwy
Oro Grande, California 92368
(760) 484-6300
Antique Station
19176 National Trails Hwy
Oro Grande, CA 92368
(760) 951-2421
P’s & Q’s Antiques
15080 7th St, STE 11
Victorville, CA 92395
Carriage House Antiques
11370 Hesperia Rd
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 948-5577
Vintage Gypsies
20601 Hwy. 18 Cottage 302
(Located in the Historic Roy Rogers
Apple Valley Inn)
Apple Valley, CA (760) 221-4600

High Desert Vintage Shopping Events for March 2, 2013

The High Desert’s Smoketree Junction Antiques, 815 Hwy 138/Oasis Rd in Pinion Hills and Vintage Gypsies, located at 20601 HWY 18 Apple Valley cottage 302, Apple Valley, are the places to go for flea market days this first Saturday of March.

Try out your haggling skills at Smoketree Junction Antiques’ Haggle Days. Meet the vendors and negotiate a great deal. Shop at the Saturday Flea Market, or barter at the Sunday Barter Market. Mark your calendar for every first weekend of the month. This is an outdoor event, but do go inside the shops and visit the outdoor nursery where you’ll find amazing yard art for sale.

Specially featured this week at Smoketree Junction Antiques is Artist Andrea, gifted with an amazing talent in mosaic, decoupage, and other art.

Featured Artist Andrea, Smoketree Junction Antiques











Want to learn mosaic art? Take one of Andrea’s business cards inside the shop at the front counter and contact her for more information on signing up for a mosaic art class. (She’s very patient with beginners, too!) See this fabulous vintage tub designed by the amazing Andrea:

Mosaic Clawfoot Tub










Andrea recently made these darling button push pins, perfect for adding to the message board in your kitchen like this cool wine cork message board:

Wine Cork Note Board with Featured Vendor Andrea’s Button Push Pins











Wine Cork Note Board with Featured Vendor’s Button Push Pins













Ask a shop vendor in Smoketree Junction Antiques to direct you to Andrea’s space to find the decorative push pins and her many other artistic beauties. Browse through G&A’s rustic country upcycled space where you’ll see 30% off of everything – you’ll find the wine cork boards there.

Take extra spending money and don’t be in a big hurry because you don’t want to miss this fabulous weekend at Smoketree Junction Antiques.

Now for those of you meandering over to Apple Valley to do some vintage shopping, mark an A1 on your to-do list for Saturday, March 2nd, to go by the Vintage Gypsies shop. You’ll find anything from romantic accessories to wear to rustic upcycled decor and everything in between – even a revolutionary skin care product called NeriumAD that is showing amazing, true, real results and improvements in fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin texture, enlarged pores, and aging skin. Find out more about the vintage giveaway opportunity for those who sign up for the skin care product.











Look for more events on our Events page… and enjoy your weekend shopping!

High Desert’s Smoketree Junction Antiques

Smoketree Junction Antiques in Pinion Hills is a delightful place to shop. If you’re headed for Wrightwood or going to or coming from Lancaster and Palmdale on CA Highway 138, allow at least an hour or more to stop by and browse. This antique store located at 815 Highway 138, Pinon Hills, CA is filled with antiques, home and garden decor, and artsy upcycled vintage items. The “store” actually includes two shops and an outdoor garden and nursery between the shops. You’ll be welcomed by owner Sandi or her friendly vendors.

Smoketree Junction Antiques owner, Sandi













The front of the shops are always decorated with vintage lovelies from various vendors’ spaces (see above photos). Vendors G&A have advertised 30% off of all items in their space. The wine cork note board and mosaic garden art are two items from Vendors G&A space.

Since special recognition this week is given to vendor and gifted artist, Andrea, upcycled vintage beauties of hers were added to the main shop’s display on Saturday, February 23rd.

Featured Artist Andrea, Smoketree Junction Antiques


Featured Vendor Andrea's Button Push Pins and Dog Bed

Andrea is known for her talent in decoupage and mosaic arts. Follow our posts this week about Andrea and other vendors at Smoketree Junction Antiques. Also included daily will be photos of the multiple lamps one can find there. There are many styles to choose from – retro, vintage, antique, romantic, and eclectic.

Smoketree Junction Antiques Burgundy Lamp









Leave a comment on your favorite photos from our featured Smoketree Junction Antiques blog posts this week. If you have any questions about the items listed above, call Smoketree Junction Antiques (760) 868-8806.

Places to Go in the High Desert

Word-of-mouth advertising still works in the High Desert. Either you like a place and want to tell all your friends about it, or you dislike a place and tell all your friends not to go there. Local online communities such as Yelp, Citysearch, and Angie’s List are popular places to write and read reviews of local businesses. Some online communities are free, and others charge a fee. Read individual blogs and blog networks, also, to learn about local entrepreneurs, network marketing opportunities, and brick and mortar businesses.

Hospitality is important to any business. Awhile back a certain business owner and I were discussing the hospitality (or lack of) scenarios that customers experience. A negative opinion had been voiced to her about a particular business. The customer had walked in and instead of receiving a welcome, was ignored by the young person that was working. The youth was busy texting and watching a movie on a laptop. A similar experience happened to me since then. I walked into a small shop and observed a lady carrying her items to the checkout counter. Two young people, probably in their late teens or early twenties, were working. In a way it was comical to me because the lady was treating them like customers should be treated. She kept saying positive things about the store and asking the youths’ names, commenting on how she liked the names. She even mentioned that the store was a place you could meander around, that there was so much to see, and that she would like to bring her friend back with her. The young people gave somewhat of a little laugh as though they weren’t sure how to answer her. The lady left, and I looked around for a bit. Before I walked out, the young guy and girl were watching a movie at the counter. I’ve visited the place before, but this time I left with a feeling of not wanting to go back.

Let me tell you about two businesses in the High Desert where you’ll be welcomed with great hospitality.  A few people  I know from the High Desert had suggested to me that I visit the Hi Desert Oasis Book Store on Jacaranda Road in Hesperia and the Vintage Gypsies on Highway 18 in Apple Valley.

First, I visited Hi Desert Oasis Book Store. You walk in and are immediately greeted with a welcome and offer of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. You don’t have to wonder which direction to take to find your favorite book niche either. There’s even a patio for those who favor the outdoors. It’s a top-notch bookstore where you’ll find great customer service.

The Penman family became new owners of the bookstore in June 2012. It’s close to Victor Valley College but isn’t a textbook bookstore, though textbooks might occasionally be available there. The Penmans plan expansion in the near future which will make a great place for bloggers (and yes, there’s WiFi, bloggers, so you’ll be able to bring your laptops), authors’ groups, or anyone who loves books and loves to write. Mark your calendars, seniors, for their two-hour “Happy Hour” starting February 26th, at 10:00 a.m.

The Vintage Gypsies “where everything old is new again” is a vintage store at the Historic Apple Valley Inn. This was another place of warm hospitality and welcome.

Vintage Gypsies, Beckie and Kathy, have been friends for over 20 years and welcome their customers as they walk in. They encourage you to browse through the lovely vintage store and are there to offer assistance should you have questions. If you love antiques and vintage things that have been upcycled, you’ll love it here. I purchased a birthday gift, the cutest little drawstring bag and soap made by vendors.

Vintage Gypsies Beckie and Kathy

Handkerchief Drawstring Bag and Soap, Vintage Gypsies

Drawstring Bag, Vintage Gypsies

Drawstring Bag from Vintage Gypsies shop









The Vintage Gypsies invite you to their outdoor vintage sale scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Spaces are available for only $10.00. The store is located in the Historic Apple Valley Inn, 20601 Highway 18, Cottage 302, Apple Valley, CA. If you have questions, call (760) 221-4600.

You are also invited to attend the anti-aging NeriumAD discovery Real Results party on the porch at the Vintage Gypsies shop on the day of the outdoor vintage sale, Saturday, March 2nd. People, including me, are having amazing results since finding out about this anti-aging discovery.




A family setting up at a flea market

Become a videographer. A fellow vendor at an antique shop where I have a booth mentioned to me that it would be nice if someone would video the flea market we were having. That’s an excellent idea! Especially since the few video clips of the flea market with my simple cell phone’s low-grade camcorder are not working up to par for uploading on my blog post, I was convinced that videographing would be a fantastic idea. You would need to ask permission for publication of those you video and a signature. Think about it, though. If you are videographing vendors selling their wares, then they might be grateful because the video can provide advertisement they can use in marketing their products.

Charging a fee

Come up with a reasonable fee you can charge vendors for your videography. If you’re just starting out, try keeping your prices low. Do a little research to see what newbie videographers are charging to get an idea how to set your fee.

Events/places to offer your videography services

  • Antique shop anniversary and holiday events
  • Birthday parties
  • Flea markets
  • Holiday events

Check out eBay or other online stores or visit camera equipment retail stores to research the type of equipment you want. You don’t have to begin with fancy equipment. Start with something inexpensive, and gradually add to it. Most of all, have fun making extra cash.

How to Generate Cash Flow in 30 Days, Day 3

Tiered Plates

Flea market and haggling made the Number 3 of my 30-day list for generating cash flow. Look in your area for a flea market to set up a booth or table. Numbers 2 and 3 of the list complement each other. I rent a booth (Number 2 on list) at SmokeTree Junction. Every first Saturday of the month the antique shop hosts a flea market outside. People bring all sorts of items. It’s an opportunity to clean out your storage and eliminate the pack-rat syndrome and make some cash. You might be  a collector and want to sell your collectibles. Go for it!



The nice thing about the flea market being held at the antique shop is that the visitors can shop at the outdoor flea market or inside the shops.

A family setting up at a flea market








One of the flea market vendors brought things in her trailer that she remodeled inside. She put up insulation, drywall, and the result was a delightful little place for flea marketers to shop in. She sold aprons, antiques, vintage and costume clothing, and much more.

SmokeTree Flea Market Vendor








It’s beneficial to participate in the flea market days when you have a booth there. You can send customers inside to see other items for sale.

Spend Some Time at Your High Desert Museums


 Our town enjoyed great weather and a number of events this last  weekend. From Motorcyle clubs raising funds for our local FFA students to Garden Club Plant Sales and a two-day Powwow, Lucerne Valley had everything going.

So my daughter, Chelsea, and I opened the Lucerne Valley Museum. We took advantage of the increased number of visitors in town to share our town’s outdoor collection. We counted 30 on Saturday and 19 on Sunday. Not bad for a venue of mining and agricultural equipment.

You see, we don’t have an indoor museum like most towns… we just haven’t been able to afford it. But whenever we can, we dust off the counters, sweep out the spider webs, and share our valley’s rich heritage with anyone passing by.

The Muller Family view displays from the porch

Some indoor displays with Chelsea LaGrange

We’ll be opening the Museum on a regular bases, once the weather cools off. Our tentative schedule may be the last Sunday of every month… if weather permits. We’ll post the hours here later. Entrance is free and families or groups may make  appointments to see the Museum by calling CSA 29 office 760-248-6048 or


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