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October 11, 2013

Something for your design needs

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The desert is full of collectable show rooms, consignment stores, antique stores, vintage and mid modern shops, and the following stores fall into the various categories for your design needs, or gifts or collectables. You will be amazed at the business that is being generated through these establishments. Each place is like a museum, and each one has their own specialty. I must say we are the Mecca of collectables in our nine desert cities. The shop owners I have met, are wonderful people to talk to, as they are very knowledgeable and they are eager to share all this terrific history, and information not to mention the fascinating stories they have to tell.

Meeting people and connecting people is what I enjoy the most, about this column. In life everyone collects something and seniors are giving up their homes and collectables. They then become someone else’s treasure. The Gen-X and Baby Boomers want to get a piece or two of these treasures to mix with their modern furnishings. That is why shopping these places may be a little like visiting a museum, but the difference is you don’t just have to just look, you get to buy these items, and bring them home, and make them your own. Venture out and explore for yourself .

The heat and uncomfortable air has played a large part in having to postpone the expedition shopping bus trip, until, August 21, you can call today to reserve a spot on the bus, which will be making stops at unique shops in the desert that I have written about. To experience a day of shopping like you have never had before call (760) 202-4007 and reserve your seat before they are gone.

The following stores are some of my new discoveries, read further, and you too will discover places where you will find everything to fulfill your needs.

Rancho Mirage:

Victoria’s Attic Antique Mall; 69930 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City at 67777 East Palm Canyon. What a beautiful store organized like a mall. They have in their Rancho Mirage store, over 30 individual vendors, displaying their items in glass cases, or have a designated area. The Cathedral City store has over 80 vendors, who sale antiques, collectables and consignment merchandise. Owners Victoria and John Routh, have been in business three years in Cathedral City and one year in Rancho Mirage. They carry everything from jewelry to furniture and every thing in between. These stores are very well organized and are beautifully arranged and displayed while being chocked full of merchandise. Be prepared to spend a lot of time to check out the collectables they have to offer. They even have a China Closet that is full of different periods of China and linens. It is a lot of fun to view the many cases of jewelry and one can find a bauble or two that belonged to someone else and priced just right. Stop by and meet the owners, their vendors and their staff, and maybe you too will make a new friend or two. They are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

James Mark Antiques and Interiors, 69930 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. While touring Victoria’s Attic, one of the vendors , James Mark Antiques and Interiors, impressed me with something quite unusual. His space was filled with Hollywood memorabilia, and the most impressive thing, was the pristine collection of album and sheet music all encased in clear plastic jacket covers. You can tell the pride this shop has for its merchandise. This is one of the finest collections of memorabilia I have seen in a long time. I even called a friend of mine who is looking for particular sheet music to tell him “I bet you can find it here.” James, owner of the shop has a story to tell. He is originally from Missouri, and is a pianist since he was three years old. He has collected many of the sheet music he has in the shop during his lifetime.

He is also known as a music director, and has a Master’s Degree in performing arts. He touts his store has something for everyone. It is quite fascinating to look way back into the history of many of the performers, including the first ever album Frank Sinatra made. The shop is open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. James can be reached at (760) 202-1500 for more information.

Palm Springs:

Terra Gallery; 187 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Terra Gallery, believe it or not has been in business for 16 years. They have moved three times during that period, all in the same area. Owner, Mike Seigle, came to the desert from Hawaii, and has a store full of art, gifts and jewelry. The store carries ceramics and glass items, along with metal sculptures and paintings from various artists. The store is very eclectic. Mike’s passion for art and unusual pieces comes from the many artists in his family. He is quite fond of nature, and as a matter of fact, he is a seasonal park ranger. He loves artists that create things from nature. At the same time the store is quite exclusive. If you want to find a unique gift for someone this is definitely the store to find that in. They carry the original Troll Beads , made of glass. Prior to being in Palm Springs, he had a store in Las Vegas, so you can imagine what type of merchandise the store carries; very beautiful and very unique items. Visiting the store is a very pleasant experience. Be sure to say “Hi” to Mike who is always on hand to help out visitors and customers alike. Terra Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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