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Get Your Kicks On Route 66

The signs along the roadway invited you to “Get Your Kicks
On Route 66“ and even though the signs are gone…well… you can still find the retro
signs for sale in High Desert vintage shops and museums along the 2,248 miles
of history.

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA


The Mother Road, as it is also called, was built when travelers first packed up their Packards
and went gallivanting across the wide-open country. Most of the original miles
were dirt. Eventually, as motorists wanted roadways that gave them a more
comfortable tour, it was completely paved from Santa Monica, California to
Chicago, Illinois in 1937.


In the 1950s, families reconnecting after WWII were eager to
hit the road again. This time in convertibles and the newfangled travel
trailer. Life was good. Though not everyone owned trailers. But to keep motorists happy, motor hotels sprang up along the route…. hence the name “Motel”.


With travelers and their children, they got hungry, so more
rest stops and restaurants provided an amazing variety of menus for their
starving numbers. Many of these services and amusements along Route 66 are gone
but if you check out websites like
  you’ll get the feel for finding it the way it was… wind in your face at a slower pace.


And, if we follow the snappy Route 66 song written by Bobby Troup,
you’ll be purchasing a road guide for Route 66 at a museum in San Bernardino,
Victorville or Barstow, and retracing the famous pavement across the southwest
states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, then up into the
Nation’s “Breadbasket” of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.


And here’s the lyrics:


If you ever plan to motor west,

travel my way, take the highway that’s the best.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to LA,

more than two thousand miles all the way.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

Now you go through Saint Looey

Joplin, Missouri,

and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.

You see Amarillo,

Gallup, New Mexico,

Flagstaff, Arizona.

Don’t forget Winona,

Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.

Won’t you get hip to this timely tip:

when you make that California trip

Get your kicks on Route 66.



The California Route 66 Museum is located on D Street, between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, in the heart of Old Town Victorville, CA.

Rusty LaGrange



Holiday Vintage Finds

Blogging about vintage finds is a fun hobby for many people to do in the High Desert. Three people within the last week have shared their vintage shopping finds or experiences with me. One collects baby items, and one couple loves to collect antique rustic vintage things. They all go yard saling, looking for that special antique or old vintage piece to add to their collections. The ideal early Saturday or Sunday morning for vintage shoppers is to head out early for yard sales and also stop for breakfast at one of the Molly’s or Rusty’s restaurants (I know there are others, but these are definitely two of my favorites) while out and about. You don’t have to be looking for anything in particular. However, it does help to have a cell phone with a Wi-Fi with you to look up vintage or antique items to check out prices.

When I went by Carriage House Antiques in Hesperia to pick up a layaway last weekend, I couldn’t resist walking around. It’s a relaxing place to shop and dream – and, of course, to buy that vintage item you really don’t want to go home without. One of my favorite vintage items I picked up that day happened to be an old vintage Bible. I opened it to see the price and saw that it said FREE. One thing I like about it is that it has a great concordance in the back. The vintage Bible has a new home now – mine.

The Holy Bible

Sell Your Vintage Finds by Blog Networking

How does one sell vintage or homemade craft items? By networking. Network with a vintage/antique shop owner like Linda Marie at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures in Oro Grande. Vendors sell their vintage finds, antiques, and crafts at her shop on consignment. If you enjoy vintage shopping, you will fall in love with this amazing place. The benefits are you can make extra income, make new friends, and increase traffic to your own business blog by connecting with Ms. Linda Marie, vendors, and customers.

Virginia, a vendor at Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures

Virginia's Vintage Lamps

One of Virginia's Vintage Items

Speaking of increasing traffic to blogs, have you started your own vintage blog yet? The Christmas shopping rush increases traffic to the brick and mortar vintage/antique shops during the holidays. After-holiday sales follow, then Valentine’s Day pretties quickly show up everywhere. But you don’t have to wait for the next holiday to increase traffic to a blog. Blog about the vintage items you have available. Sell the items on your blog. Show pictures of your items for sale, and provide a way for your blogging visitors to order and purchase the vintage items on your blog. Joining a network will increase traffic to your blog.



A Day Spent with High Desert Authors, Writers, and Vintage Entrepreneurs

Saturday, December 10th, has been a fun and busy day meeting and visiting with High Desert writers, authors, and entrepreneurs. The morning began with the California Writers’ Club, High Desert Branch. Several authors, including a guest Vietnam veteran, presented their books for a group book signing today at the fast-growing club. Interested in learning how to write? This writers’ group has much to offer: critique groups, guest speakers, writers’ conferences, and the opportunity to  meet monthly with other High Desert writers and authors. It’s a wonderful group to be a part of.

After the writers’ meeting and Christmas luncheon this afternoon, I stopped by the Antique Station on Highway 18. It’s a place you can easily lose track of time in as there are many vendors’ spaces. It’s fun to shop there and not so easy to leave without making a purchase. Cookbooks seem to sparkle as I walk by them. There’s just something about them that makes resisting too much to deal with. So I stop and browse through the recipes as though I’ve never cooked before. I think I’m becoming like a friend described herself recently. She said she loves to read cookbooks from cover to cover. Collecting cookbooks is one of my hobbies, and I blog about cooking and everything to do with kitchens, too.

The purchase of my cookbook was made, and I made my way over to join a group of entrepreneurs at the quaint vintage shop near the Antique Station. The  vintage shop is owned by the friendly and lovely Linda Marie over on Route 66. I remember when Linda Marie had just opened the shop. In one year’s time, talented vendors began displaying their vintage items and handmade crafts. Now it looks like a little village and looked beautifully festive on this chilly evening with the Christmas lights. Hors deuvres, wine, hot apple cider, and coffee were available as the guests enjoyed mingling. New friends and entrepreneur connections were made, and like-minded individuals enjoyed an evening of simple, down-to-earth conversation – the kind of thing High Desert Blogging is all about.

Damaris and Family


Pictures taken at Linda Marie’s will continue today. Come back to see additional pictures.

High Desert’s Holiday Cheer at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures

Meet Ms. Linda Marie from Linda Marie’s Enchanted

Treasures in Oro Grande:

Linda Marie from Linda Marie's Enchanted Treasures

On Route 66 in Oro Grande just past the Antique Station on the left, you see what appears to have been a small house at one time. It doesn’t take long, however, to notice that it has been turned into a quaint antique shop. At first you may think, “I’ll zip in and out of here in a jiffy,” (that is if you’re from Texas or understand Texan lingo). Not so. You might zip inside the door alright, but you’ll turn a corner and discover some lovelies, then another corner to discover more lovelies. Have you ever been to Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks? You drive along amazed and think you’ve just seen the most beautiful scenery ever. Then you turn a corner and stare in awe at even more beauty. That’s what Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures is like for a person who adores vintage treasures and antiques. You walk in and find a room of all kinds of vintage treasures. But you notice another room and another then find out that there are more exciting things when you walk out back. This adorable shop perfectly fits the “enchanted” of its name.

Shop owner, Ms. Linda Marie, invites you to a special occasion. Do go by if you can, and let the charming shop owner know that Angie at High Desert Blogging told you about her friendly welcome and enchanting shop.

Personal Invite by Linda Marie at Enchanted Treasures:

** Please Join us for some Holiday Cheer

Sat Dec 10 4pm – ? for Holiday Open House**

Refreshments, Special and Good Company…Guest Vendors to Include Deborah Mohr …Jewels by Park Lane …Timothy K. Sneed Sr…Author …Get your Book signed …Ann O’Lear of O’Lear Studios…Clothing Designer …A Ton of New Loot!



Fall Festive Antique Shopping in the High Desert

Fall feels festive as families plan Halloween parties, visit apple orchards and pumpkin patches, eat candy corn and caramel apples, and enjoy the season. Holidays are coming quickly, and it will be time for baking pumpkin and pecan pies and all the favorite family dishes. It’s also a fun time for shopping, especially at Carriage House Antiques where I went last weekend. I noticed colorful fall fruit displays for holiday decorating. It just so happened that my camera was handy, and I snapped a few photos for my blogs to share the beauty.

Carriage House will be having the annual November sale soon, and it was a treat to see a preview of the lovely fall displays. Ladies and gents both visit this fun antique mall with the many creative vendors. There is a tea area where one can enjoy hot herbal tea and a cookie. Carriage House Antiques offers a pleasant atmosphere with music and many antique, vintage, and beautiful items to shop for.

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