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Iconic Wagon Wheels of the Old West

Collecting the West — Wagon Wheels Still Tie Us to the Spirit of the West

By Rusty LaGrange, president of Lucerne Valley Museum Assoc.

A wagon wheel is notably an icon of the Old West. You can still find them in antique shops and salvage yards across America. It ties us to the heritage of our early years as the United States opened its doors to go westward. Wagon wheels took us on our journey. The best ones are strong with thick spokes and an iron tire. Even these are getting harder to find today.

Wagon wheels

Hansen Wagon Wheels

 

 

 

 

Nearly every museum with a theme of natural history is bound to have several of these on display — on a vehicle or leaning up against a fence. Out in Lucerne Valley many ranches have several Old West wagons in their yards as honorable piece of history worthy of a glance as friends drive in through the gate.

Museums and Ranches Preserve the Past

Museum logo

Lucerne Valley Museum logo

Our Lucerne Valley Museum logo utilizes two icons – the wagon wheel signifying mine ore hauling and the plow to signify the agricultural roots of our valley – and defines our basic heritage. Without wagons to haul ore, alfalfa, and logs down from Big Bear, most industrial ranches would have had to rely on railroad for commerce.

 

Wagon wheels were designed for every conceivable rolling convenience. Each had specific need and sizes. Hundreds of companies built wagon wheels for hauling heavy loads and spindly ones for fast moving surreys.

The stagecoach set the standard for many travelers because they were built for long distances, larger cargo, and places for the public to sit. It wasn’t the easiest ride but for its time, it was good enough. Some bench seats were padded, some not. Some stages had open sides to allow more air flow during hot rides through even hotter territories. Often times, riders would opt to ride on top to get a breeze and take advantage of the vistas.

Catching a Breeze

The open air for passengers

Riding atop of a stagecoach provided a longer swinging action to the rough ride. Like getting in the back of a bus, the farther you sat from the axles the more energy was disbursed. The ride was cushioned by the leather straps or sling system that held the body to the framework.

Looking at the Details

Next time you look at a stagecoach up close, at a museum or special event, notice the difference in size of the front wheels at 39” tall and 43” for the rear. The differences allowed the tracking of the wheels to run smoother around corners.

Old work wagon

Very old utility wagon in Daggett CA

Farm wagons and drays were the working equipment for a busy ranch. They had to be durable. Most were painted a typical dark blue-green, similar to the hunter green we are familiar with today. The paint on the box, using an oil-base consisting of pigments ground in linseed oil, provided protection and style. Most all farm wagons were painted with bright-colored gears, red, orange, or yellow. The bright colors of the gear and wheels hid dirt better than a dark color, and the style of the day was for work vehicles to be brightly colored. The brilliantly striped gears and bodies of the farm wagon seemed to be on the verge of gaudy or a competition among the many makers to produce the most marketable look. This fact helps collectors today identify the companies that made them. Very few makers marked their names on axles and boxes.

Stagecoaches in films

Our love with the Old West and wagon wheels began long ago

Hollywood film industry continues to be as authentic as possible with historic Westerns, even down to the type and construction of stagecoaches as in the Lonesome Dove series and others like the movie Hidalgo, and the Wells, Fargo Company who regularly takes replicas out to the public for historical events nationally.

Whether the wheels are found on wagons, stagecoaches, buckboard, spring buggy, or Black Moriah funeral coach, they all hold a long and deserving place in our Old West history.

Rusty

Thanx goes to Hansen Wheel and Wagon for keeping these horse-drawn transports still on the ground

New Basket Give-Away at Cadillac Antiques in Lucerne Valley

We just heard the news! Cadillac Antiques is gearing up for their first year anniversary with a Blog Basket Give-Away in July. It’s been nearly a year since the shop first opened in the Pueblo Building in Lucerne Valley. To celebrate, owners Patty, Ralph, Charlene and Dave have decided to fill a huge basket with everything donated from the store, its consignment vendors, and High Desert Blogging members.

Cadillac Antiques has Car-lectibles and furniture, glassware, and paintings and great gifts

Cadillac Antiques has Car-lectibles and furniture, glassware, and paintings and great gifts

Watch here for the latest news as the basket begins to fill with collectible goodies, new and used gifts of all sorts, plus a few re-purposed “car-lectibles” — auto parts with a new lease on life as chromed gadgets, and what-nots. We don’t know what surprises are inside. READ MORE »

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 www.HighDesertBlogging.com. 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

Only 6 Days Left for Sugar Shack’s Basket Give-Away

With only 11 days before Christmas, shopping ideas might be just what you’re looking for. A gift of a bygone era — as in collectibles and small antiques —  can brighten anyone’s holiday. We have so many vintage and antiques in the High Desert to choose from.

 

Vintage, Antiques, and Candy

Sugar Shack

What if you are searching for a gift for children or teens and venturing into an electronics store is a bit overwhelming? Why not try candies and confections instead? I don’t know of anyone who would turn down candy!

Right now Sugar Shack, one of the newest candy shops  on Route 66 in Oro Grande, is stocking its shelves with the scent of peppermint and chocolate. There’s more, of course, but those are my favorite flavors. They offer sugar-free candies, too.

Even better is the Autumn Blog Basket Give-Away continuing with the latest entry basket at Sugar Shack. It’s crammed with everything: some candy, a number of collectibles, handmade and crafty items, and I think I saw an antique, too. Their basket drawing is set for Dec. 20th. Nothing to buy. No tickets. No charge at all. Just stop by and sign up. Winner will be notified by phone and email. Winner doesn’t need to be present. it’s High Desert Blogging’s way of thanking our High Desert community for supporting our efforts for the past 3 years.

Some of their regular shoppers at Sugar Shack come in just for their morning coffee and a pastry. The shop also offers a collection of antiques and handmade crafts, and collectibles — I saw “Betty Boop” collection looking at me from the shelf. As Sugar Shack grows, mother and daughter owners, Debbie Justice and Tonya Edwards, will expand their line of goodies. They currently house three vendors who offer the handmade goods.

Betty Boop is alive and well and living at Sugar Shack

Betty Boop is alive and well and living at Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack collectibles, candies, and antiques open early 6 am Monday through Friday and close by 5 pm. On weekends they open 10 am until 5 pm. Their new store number is (760) 646-0562.

You can find out more about them and some daily specials on Facebook. Go To: www.Facebook.com/sugarshackHD

Stop in and say “hi” to Debbie and Tonya, get a hot mug of coffee, and let your sweet tooth do the shopping.

 

Rusty LaGrange

 

Desert Cottage Joins Autumn Basket Give-Away

 

Grace and elegance are the best words to describe The Desert Cottage, a home repurposed into a fashion plate for vintage and antique pieces. It was such a pleasure walking slowly through what seemed like endless shops in one. Each room and cozy niche was tastefully decorated in vintage style with different themes. With 20 vendors, the mix is a true adventure.

A little bit camera shy, Yvonne and Anna, share a silly moment while showing the holiday decor

A little bit camera shy, Yvonne and Anna, share a silly moment while showing the holiday decor

 

Too many wonderful things… so little time. I think that’s my motto.

 

Anna at Desert Cottage

Anna at Desert Cottage

The Desert Cottage has also joined High Desert Blogging’s “Autumn Blog Basket Give-Away.” Their donor basket is filling fast with yummy foods, collectibles, and more, added daily. The drawing is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th at noon. A winner will be drawn from those who have signed in at the shop. Stop by and enter. There’s no charge, no tickets. It’s just the way that High Desert Blogging is giving back to High Desert  communities for their support these past three years.

Flower Arrangements by Yvonne

Flower Arrangements by Yvonne

 

For your visit there, be sure to talk to Anna, the owner and her long-time friend, Yvonne. They love to greet new visitors and cater to the many requests they receive from hunters looking for gifts and collections. Yvonne specializes in flower arrangements while Anna has a creative eye for vintage goodies. Her creations are placed throughout the main section. Christmas décor is beginning to fill in, so most vendors will have something for everybody.

 

The Desert Cottage can be found on Facebook and Instagram with latest sale items listed. Their hours are 10-5 daily with Sundays and Mondays closed, located at 15451 Bear Valley Rd near 11th Street, (760) 948-7225.

 

Vintage Gypsies Join “Autumn Basket Give-away”

 

A stunning Oriental Cabinet displays shop's odds & ends

A stunning Oriental Cabinet displays shop’s odds & ends

 

Gypsies now carry their own line of handmade soaps and scented lotions

Gypsies now carry their own line of handmade soaps and scented lotions

Historically, gypsies have been known to travel, so when Vintage Gypsies moved into Old Town district of Apple Valley, the move was well worth it. Reopening last month, Vintage Gypsies displays antiques and collectibles, outdoor décor, and their own line of scented lotions and handmade soaps. Antiques above all else, shoppers stop and gaze up, around, and down to take it all in. “We really do like the extra attention we’re getting. Old Town location is great,” said Becky, during the Grand Opening. She and her partners, Kathy and Kevin, all seem so

 

much happier with their new digs.   Their shop is now in a row of antique shop storefronts facing across from Mollie’s Country Kitchen, on Happy Trails Highway, Hwy 18, Apple Valley at the east end of town. The shop hours are 10-5 Wednesday through Saturday, with Sunday through Tuesday closed. Find them on Facebook, too. Those extra days off  will help them buy, repair, and refresh their inventory of eclectic goodies each week.

Gypsies with basket give-away Dec. 6th    Gypsies with basket give-away Dec. 6th

We’re proud to announce that Vintage Gypsies is also sponsoring our High Desert Blogging’s, first-ever, “Autumn Basket Give-away.” Their basket is full of useable and collectible items, coffee gift card and mug, and samples of their house brand of scented soap and lotion — too many to list here. Stop by when you shop and sign-in to win. No purchase necessary. No tickets to buy. Overall, three baskets will be given-away Nov. 15th and two more on Dec. 6th.

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

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.

See Vintage Gypsies listed below, or call (760) 552-5851 or contact them on Facebook.

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, CA
  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

 Our first three baskets will be given away this Saturday, Nov. 15th between 10:30 and noon at stores #2, 3 & 5. Winners do not need to be present to win.

 Rusty

More news to come…

 

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 Blogging.com 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 FindYourPsandQsAntiques@gmail.com.

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…

Rusty

 

Cadillac Antiques Cruises Into the High Desert

 

The quaint pueblo-styled building that once housed Country Styles Western wear for many years is now home to Cadillac Antiques in Lucerne Valley. It’s the most appropriate spot for the new venture run by two local couples, Char and Dave, Patty and Ralph. Or was that Dave and Patty, Ralph and Char? Their shop opened with a bang on July 4th, but this weekend is its Grand Opening.

 

Step into Cadillac Antiques

Vintage Dressy Doll and Carousel Horse

On Saturday visitors to the antique shop indulged in free hot dogs and sodas out on the open patio, while inside, shoppers wandered through every little nook and intriguing corner. It will take hours to investigate it all. Cadillac Antiques did take advantage of every room to display their ceramic and glass figurines, furniture, handcrafted items, vintage dolls, mid-century collectibles, and jewelry.

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There’s even something for the guys,” said Patty Muldoon, pointing to the long back wall that stretched from one end of the building to the other. “We have unusual ‘garage art’ items that are repurposed auto parts, even mid-century bicycles finding a second life as chromed lamps, statues, and what Dave and Ralph call ‘car-lectibles.'”

Garage Art

Repurposed Auto Parts Get a Second Life

 

Grand Opening of Cadillac Antiques

Char and new vendors show excitement during the Grand Opening

Cadillac Antiques is gaining staff support and antique variety through its eight vendors, who will be learning the ropes and working behind the counter. Patty said that they select their vendors by the quality of the vintage and antique items that they have displayed in other locations around the Victor Valley. It’s one way of keeping the selections of high quality. They also take items on consignment.

Local shoppers who remember the style of the pueblo building will be very comfortable walking into the front parlor. They’ve repainted and redesigned the layout but left the character of the old wood floors and plaster walls in place as a welcoming grande dame of the valley.

Chrome and Upscaled Bike

Up-Cycling a Cycle

For those who want to tell all their antique-hunting friends, Cadillac Antiques is at 32090 Highway 18 on the north side as you enter town. Their hours are currently 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Their phone is 760-248-2829. Tell them that Rusty sent you.

 

Rusty LaGrange

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Community Life Blog Network in the High Desert

High Desert Bloggers, Route 66 Molly Brown's

High Desert Bloggers at Molly Brown’s on National Trails Highway

What is a community blog network, and how can it benefit you as a resident or entrepreneur?

It’s a group of individuals who blog about local life. A blog network can also be a community of blogs by various individuals.

Highdesertblogging.com is a network of bloggers who write about life in the High Desert. Topics include food, nature, events, arts and crafts, gardening, antiques, shopping, and more.

Is a blogger who joins a blog network required to have a personal or business blog? Not necessarily but it helps. How? When you blog on a community blog network, you can link to your personal or business blog. That can attract more readers to your own blog, especially if the blog network has an average to good PageRank rating between one and ten.  When you get to Rating 3, at least in my experience, you’ll start receiving requests from people wanting to do a guest post. That’s a good thing. It’s free to add a PageRank to your blog.

Highdesertblogging.com is a network of bloggers who write about life in the High Desert. Topics include:

  • food
  • nature
  • events
  • arts and crafts
  • gardening
  • antiques
  • things to do in the local area
  • writing
  • blogging
  • products and services of entrepreneurs
  • and other topics related to high desert living

Topics such as ones listed above make residents aware of current events, day trips, discounts, and various interests in their local vicinity. Entrepreneurs who connect to a blog network can stay up to date on current happenings. Advertising on the network’s site can expand the amount of traffic to their business services and products.

A blog network can also be a community of blogs by various individuals. There are free and paid blog networks. Both can be beneficial. Look for one in your local area to join. No blog network available in your community? Start your own.

Bloggers need accountability and motivation. They will also add their individual strengths to a network. Each will offer an area of expertise. Put all of those experts together, and you’ve got a thriving group with services to help grow the community.

Highdesertblogging.com now offers a page designated to paid members, their photos, links to their personal blogs and a bio. Members are highly encouraged to use their own photos. However, paid members receive perks like:

  1. having the privilege to use fellow members’ photos published onhighdesertblogging.com (bloggers agree to offering this privilege when becoming members)
  2. receiving a huge advertising discount for their businesses
  3. listing of blogger’s photo, links to other blogs and websites, services, products, and bio

Members at highdesertblogging.com are required to publish at least one post weekly and comment often on posts of fellow bloggers, either on that site or their other websites.

Is a blogger who joins a network required to have a personal or business blog? Not necessarily but it helps. How? When you post an article on a community blog network, you can link it to your personal or business blog. That can attract more readers to your own website, especially if the blog network has an average to good PageRank rating between one and ten (It’s free to add a PageRank to your blog.).When you get to Rating 3, at least in my experience, you’ll start receiving requests from people wanting to do a guest post. That’s a good thing, a subject we’ll cover in the next post.

 

 

Take a Road Trip With High Desert Bloggers

Happy bloggers from across the valley met at Molly Brown’s Country Café near Helendale for  a terrific breakfast on Saturday. It was the first stop on our vintage-themed road trip. We know that bloggers tend to stay at home blogging but once in a while we just gotta get out and meet the others who we may have blogged with in the past.

 

High Desert Blogging friends meet at Molly Brown's Country Cafe

High Desert Blogging friends meet at Molly Brown’s Country Cafe

“What a great idea,” said Beverley, who was one of the bloggers arriving from San Bernardino. She was curious to learn more about the High Desert and getting out with her new blogging friends was just the thing she was looking for. “This way I also get to see some new areas that I never would have tried on my own.”

Main gate to the Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66

Main gate to the Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66

She joined Patty and Josef, Natalie and Joan, and Angie Horn, our High Desert Blogging creator and me, Rusty. Our road trips are a new feature that the HighDesertBlogging.com bloggers are enjoying for 2014. Sharing some creative ideas plus doing a bit of adventuring helps to develop more blogging focus. The exercise is good, too.

After breakfast we caravanned down the road to Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch, an odd feature along Route 66. Elmer’s been crafting iron tree shapes to hang discarded bottles on for more than 15 years.

Elmer greets the Bloggers -- a rare treat

Elmer greets the Bloggers — a rare treat

Each tree is a wonder of color, collectibles, and weathered antiques. Not one word can describe it — entertaining, whimsical, and recycled art — are a few that come to mind. You just have to see it to believe it. The Bottle Tree Ranch has been featured in numerous papers, magazines, and captured on countless video cameras from visitors around the world.

 

 

 

Recycling Wonder at Bottle Tree Ranch

Recycling Wonder at Bottle Tree Ranch

Our bloggers had a rare chance to meet him and ask a few questions. He was recently interviewed by an LA Times reporter. But you’ll read more about Elmer’s Ranch from our other bloggers. Keep checking back.

Since this was a road trip, we had to move on to our next stop at Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. The roadside vintage store is outside as much as inside. Her crafty repurposed creations are clever, entertaining, and useful.

 

A nook full of chimes and wind catchers

A nook full of chimes and wind catchers

Patio kitsch, chimes, trunks, and re-imagined furniture cover the outside walkways that twist and turn. Inside, the little shop is “floor to ceiling” with Americana, handcrafted items, dolls, glassware, and ornamentals. It takes more than one visit to really “see” it. Enchanted Treasures has been featured on High Desert Blogging before but it’s a shop that changes with the seasons. Worth a stop.

Glass menagerie line shelves in a nook trailer at Linda Marie's

Glass menagerie line shelves in a nook trailer at Linda Marie’s

 

Our last vintage stop was the old-timer — Antique Station. It’s been an active antique store for many years. The old warehouse, L-shaped, building houses dozens of consignment nooks with different themes and collected items from various decades. A casual walk through time turns into extended hours of recalling historical events, childhood memories, and wishing that you had more money to spend. They do offer lay-away in some cases.

Our road trip came to an end but not our shopping time. Several of us stayed on to roam the entire building, others scouted the outside porches, while a few made their way home. We are now recharged with many blogging posting stories to share with you.

As we gain more guest bloggers and regulars on the site, the plan is to bring more benefits to bloggers. “We’ve updated some of the benefits for our group,” Angie noted. “Soon we’ll have memberships and discounts on services that bloggers and businesses will find in common.” Advertisers can extend their exposure to attract more customers and bloggers will be linking to other blogs through linking and marketing strategies.

Stay tuned for more road trips and inspiring stories to help your blogging become more creative and valuable to a wider readership.

Rusty LaGrange

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