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Valentine’s Day Shopping Day Trip to So Cal’s High Desert

Valentine's Day Shopping at Sugar Shack

Do some retro shopping early for Valentine’s Day. Take a day trip from LA or Las Vegas to Oro Grande’s vintage shops on Route 66. It’s only 1-1/2 hours from LA and 3 hours from Las Vegas. Here are a few of the shops:

  • Silver Trails Antique Store, 19248 National Trails Hwy Suite C, Oro Grande, California
  • Sugar Shack, 19248 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, California
  • Salvaged & Tattered, 19248 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, California
  • Antique Station, 19176 National Trails Highway, Oro Grande, CA 92368

Silver Trails and Sugar Shack are hosting a Valentine’s Day basket giveaway. Enter to win when you visit their store (winners need to pick up the baskets).

Sugar Shack is a candy-antiques-vintage store. You can fill up a gift bag easily with all the goodies in this shop. Make time to sit and drink some coffee while you’re there – and treat yourself to some candy.

Sugar Shack, Oro Grande, CA

Sugar Shack Valentine’s Basket Giveaway

Vintage Aprons

Retro Apron at Sugar Shack

Hi Desert Book Oasis, Apple Valley, CA

Hi Desert Book Oasis,
Apple Valley Inn,
Apple Valley, CA

Down the road about 15 minutes from the Oro Grande vintage shops is a place that book lovers will enjoy – Hi Desert Book Oasis Book Store. The book store is located in the historic Apple Valley Inn. They have books galore and an adorable corner for kids to play.

You’re bound to get hungry on your day trip. A few doors away from Sugar Shack and Silver Trails is a pizza restaurant, Cross Eyed Cow Pizza. If you prefer something different than pizza, try Maxwell’s (burgers, salads) or Overland’s Meat Deli (the best) are on Hwy. 18 between Oro Grande, to Hi Desert Book Oasis.

If you run out of time on your Valentine’s Day shopping day trip, no need to worry. Plan another High Desert shopping trip. Vintage enthusiasts will love visiting the area’s antique shops.

Used book store in Apple Valley, CA

Hi Desert Book Oasis Open House 

Hi Desert Book Oasis makes the perfect place for meetup groups. Meetup.com groups, High Desert Bloggers and High Desert Entrepreneurs meet there monthly. Interested in meeting with your own group? Call and speak to owner Donna about scheduling a time for your group. Tell her you heard about her fun book shop from Angie at highdesertblogging.com.

Trendy Vintage Art for the Kitchen and Valentine’s Day

Popular kitchen trends for 2013 are popping up in shades of white and bright colors. The retro red and aqua look that was trendy from 2012 isn’t going away either. Shades of white blended with a touch of these lively colors cheer up the kitchen. A High Desert kitchen with large windows overlooking a backyard of sand, cacti, and maybe a Joshua tree or two can use a bit of cheery colors. But go for what you like best.

Who determines the kitchen color trends anyway? Let the kitchen-color trend setters choose any colors they like.  They don’t live in your kitchen. Choose colors that invite you into your kitchen, make you want to sit down at the table and drink a cup of hot tea or coffee and eat a big fat pink cupcake like in Fran King’s Diamond Cupcake art. Now that’s an idea. If you like shades of white or gray in your kitchen, spruce it up with pink and black art.

Fran King Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another beauty of Fran’s is her ice cream cone art, another piece of pink and black art for the kitchen.

Ice Cream Cone

Ice Cream Cone, Fran King Art, Signed

Speaking of cheery colors, Fran comes up with fun ideas for 3D art for the kitchen like “The Bad Apple” below:

Bad Apple, Fran King art, signed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fran makes other types of art, too, like this vase perfect for a Valentine gift:

Ace Dice Vase, Fran King Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer the bright colors in style that include red, red and aqua, red and white, red and gray, you must see Fran’s red 3D art over at Smoketree Junction in Phelan. Fabulous! You’ll enjoy browsing through all of the vendors’ booths. Don’t miss Haggle and Flea Market Days coming up this Friday and Saturday, February 1st and 2nd. You’re bound to find just the right gift for your Valentine!

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