November 4, 2009 – Want to get an early start on holiday shopping or pick up some fall decorations? East County’s backcountry area has several events this weekend. Fall is a beautiful time to visit East County’s rural areas—and pick up some one-of-a-kind, hand-made or vintage items as well. Here are details on events in Alpine, Descanso, Julian and El Cajon this weekend, plus a folk art country Christmas sale in Escondido next weekend.
COUNTRY OPEN HOUSE: Fall show at 8458 Briar Glen Road in El Cajon (8 East to Los Coches Road exit, right at bottom of ramp, left at Camino Canada, right on East Country Road, left on Piping Rock Lane, left on Briar Glen Rd.) Find hand-made country gifts, jewelry, dolls, florals, jams, ceramics, baked goods, baskets, pottery, tole painting, wreaths and more. Along the way, it’s worth a stop at the APPLECRATE COUNTRY STORE, 13227B Highway 8 Business in El Cajon at the intersection of Los Coches Road and Old Highway 80 (Los Coches Road exit east off 8, to the Old Highway 80 junction).
AN ALPINE CHRISTMAS: 17th annual craft boutique at the Attic Fanatic, 2156 Alpine Blvd. Take I-8 east to Tavern Road exit, merge right, then turn left on Alpine Blvd. Show will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 from 5-8 pm, Friday Nov. 6 from 10 am-7 p.m., Saturday Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many crafters are exclusive to this show, which is indoors.
DESCANSO MERCANTILE’S 5TH ANNUAL FALL FLEA MARKET & ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from a variety of vendors, antiques, collectibles, knick-knacks, bric-brac, and more for sale, as well as a silent auction including single and box lot items. 8306a Highway 73, Descanso (619)659-9206.
DESCANSO ANTIQUE & ESETATE SALE: Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual antique sale is held in conjunction with a 100-year-old estate sale oon location, including lots of old furniture, small antiques and collectibles. 25104 Viejas Blvd., Descanso. Take I-8 a few miles east of Alpine, exit Japatul and follow signs.
THE BIG RED BARN’S FOLK ART COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 12-14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., this event features country crafts and garden accents, all locally made – no imports. Items include primitive country folk art, farm-style furntirue, country home accents, antiques, garden accessories, birdhouses, blooming flowers/herbs, primitive dolls, gourmet soups/dips/pickles/olives, wooden toys, children’s dress-up costumes, primitive paintings by local artist Linda Kelly, and more. Also savor hot fire house kettle corn. 15175 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, near the Bandy Canyon junction.
COUNTRY MARKET: Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wynola Junction Antiques, 4326 Highway 78, three miles west of Julian, (760) 765-4758. Wynola Junction is a 3,500 square foot Antique Mall in a building that was originally a fruit packing shed for apple growers in the area. Now with more than 30 quality dealers, there is an intriguing assortment of collectibles and antiques, glassware, dishes, enamelware, quilts, yard-art, toys, tools, books, jewelry, furniture and more.