About Desert BloomsOur Ruby Lane shop reflects our eclectic and varied interests. We have been collecting and buying antiques for over 40 years, ever since we were graduate students living in the Midwest. From our very first auction it was love at first bid. As we moved around the country we began to explore thrift stores, garage and estate sales. We started collecting mercury glass( the real deal, not the stuff from the home stores ). We scoured antique stores and flea markets buying 19th century pieces and later the Art Deco ones from Czecho-Slovakia. We collected porcelains, pottery and textiles. As our interests grew we morphed into Wedgwood and Vallauris pottery from France.
Our graduate degrees in Art History and Interior Design provided us with a good foundation to research the items we were collecting. The more we collected the more we read and researched until finally our house runneth over.
We are self taught and we realize we do not know everything, especially some of the technical terms. Please pardon us for any mistakes. We pride ourselves in our honesty as we describe our treasures. Join us as we adventure together.