I have had many occasions recently to travel along Lincoln’s Highway (Rt. 30) on my way to visit Gettysburg. I love the history of the place and have been taken with the majesty of the battlefield for the past ten years and probably haven’t seen every monument yet.
There is this place west of Gettysburg on Route 30 that has this huge rooster that I’ve always admired. When you look at the other statues they are to scale, but that rooster is something else. I have always threatened my wife that I was going to buy that for our yard. It makes me smile every time that I drive by…I don’t know why exactly; it just looks fun. I have probably driven past Desert Flower Wholesale, Inc. at least fifty times and beside my rooster buddy it more or less looked like any other yard monuments store, although tremendously larger.
Recently I was on my way home from Gettysburg and it was a beautiful day so I decided to drive through their lot. I had been looking for some furnace brick to make a pizza oven and I thought that they might carry it (they didn’t). When I drove around the lot I was treated to every imaginable concrete creature, real and mythical, bird baths, shinyglobes and chimenea. This joint was jammed with cools yard ornaments.
This trip happened to be around Halloween and they had these brightly colored ceramic pumpkins on display. It was all that I could do not to buy one, but I resisted. I did however notice that they had an indoor showroom. I had always assumed that this was where they made their products and had never much thought about the inside.
When I stepped in, it blew me away. The word ECLECTIC screamed at me. For every cool lawn ornament on display outside there were 10 things inside. I think that there are six display rooms, some larger than others and probably tens of thousands of items for sale. There were blown glass ornaments hanging from the ceiling, brightly painted frogs, turtles, salamanders, suns, dragonflies, butterflies hung everywhere, vases, statues, you name it. It was really hard to take it all in.
Frogs seemed to be a popular item and I loved this band of merry bug-eaters though not enough to take them home with me. After an hour or so I needed to get back on the road and knew that I would stop by on my next trip. If you are in the area (2747 Chambersburg Road, Biglerville, PA 17307) you must stop in. If you cannot, I provided a link above to their website where you can look at more of their wares. Skip to their photo galleries for the best photographs.