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Crestline's overlooked antique rows

November 5, 2009 | 11:18 am

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On the way to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear, most folks drive past Crestline, the rustic mountain town on the shores of Lake Gregory. That's all the better for shoppers with a taste for vintage Americana at reasonably priced stores that don't have websites. 

Crestline boasts two short shopping strips on and around Crest Forest Drive and Lake Drive, and each has a new kid on the block. Remember Me at 23805 Lake Drive is strong on early American and Victorian pieces, including wicker baby carriages, birdhouses and the rosewood settee, above left, $895. For cottage and camping furniture with a 1930s and '40s vibe, Lambs & Ivy Boutique at 23447 Crest Forest has tray tables with an ivy print, above right, $14.95, and McCoy-style cups and plates, $2 each. 

Crestl Midcentury modern fans might find Crestline somewhat lacking except for barware and decorative accessories. During a recent visit, I found a few bargains: The 1960s vinyl vanity stool, right, was $14.95 at Gogue Studio's & Trinket Trader, 23832 Lake Drive, and a vintage package of Donald Duck drinking straws, far right, was $4 at Antiques on Springwater, 23948 Springwater Road.

Click here for a Crestiline map. For more shopping information, consult the Crestline/Lake Gregory Chamber of Commerce website and scroll down to "retail stores."

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: David A. Keeps / Los Angeles Times

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