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February 27, 2014

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The Beauty of Living an Artful Life

January 13, 2014

Taking it Easy: Roadside Stops

All too often, we're so preoccupied with getting to our destination that we miss out on all the adventures and memories to be had along the way.


One of the best parts of any trip is the journey itself.

It's telling road stories to pass the time, it's stopped to take pictures of the scenery on the side of the road, it's eating delicious treats you find along the way, and it's stumbling upon eccentric roadside attractions. This past weekend my boyfriend took me on a winter adventure to the mountains of Big Bear for a snowboarding weekend at Snow Summit. On our way back down the mountain we stumbled upon this eccentric roadside shop, Big Bear Thrift & Treasure House, and explored the grounds of this unusual attraction.

The Big Bear Thrift & Treasure House is filled with an undeniable love for the objects and trinkets of yesteryear. Its a cross between an outdoor museum, vintage-antique shop, and junk yard, that takes you on a trip through the ages. I love old things, love! I love the history and secrets they hold. I love their craftsmanship and aesthetic... even the way they smell. Holding a antique object is like holding a piece of the past in your hands. You can feel the energy it has accumulated over the years radiating from its very being.


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You can find anything you possibly may want from a vintage/antique mining town here! Vintage signs, outhouses, milk canisters, water pumps, furniture, dishes, pottery, and so much more. There is so much to see and look at at this place, and everything is for sell. One of my favorite signs 'Please Remove Your Clothes', made the both of us laugh. I can't imagine how long it has taken the collector to gather all these things and set them up as she's done, but I definitely appreciate her efforts.

The beauty of living an artful life, a life where stopping to 'smell the roses' is just second nature and where you strive to use all your senses to experience every moment is that it gives you the chance to really feel life. You feel the crispness of the mountain air on your skin, the earth and loose gravel beneath your feet, you smell the pine and wetness of the alpine forest that surrounds you, you hear the breeze whisking its way through the trees, and you can taste the sweet beauty of it all.

Can you imagine the lives these pieces must have lead? The hands that foraged them, the hands that used them... the stories that may never be told of their experiences on this earth? I appreciate them having existed and that they keep their secrets safely locked away. Though how cool would it be to be able to hear what they have to say about the past?

Each of the little houses and sections on the grounds were setup in various themes. The one Tom is standing in was setup in tribute to the Hatfield and McCoy family rivalry. My boyfriend just so happens to be a Hatfield (no relation to these particular Hatfields however), but couldn't miss out on the opportunity for a bit of role playing. By the way, isn't he ridiculously good at the evil/creepy face? Almost too good...

Part of the fun of site-seeing is having the opportunity to create memories that otherwise would have been missed out on. It's the exploration, the adventure, and the 'tomfoolery' experienced together. The beauty of the BBT&T is that it is the perfect setting for such exploration, adventure, and tomfoolery because of the treasures it holds. Above I joined Tom is a bit of role play for our version of 'American Gothic', the famous painting by Grant Wood.


I can't wait to one day visit again and see what new old things have been added to the collection at Big Bear Thrift & Treasure. If you're interested in visiting this interesting treasure-trove of objects and collectables the address is below.


40074 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


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