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Just My Luck

October 22, 2013


ser·en·dip·i·ty noun \ ser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē \ : luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.

SERENDIPITY is also the name of a terrific antique store in the Old Town section of Temecula. They’ve got a very good garden section out back; I found these succulent containers in their green house. Created by Jeanne Garcia, for Rancho Garcia Garden Art, each vintage container boasts a complementary succulent. I was drawn to the diverse good looks of the vessels, with their mix of glazes and textures, and I loved their healthy and equally diverse plants. Unable to decide which I liked most, I took them all — including the amazing exploding swan that got to the cash register late and had to be added on. Lucky I did, too, or there would be an empty slot on my ’60s-era plant stand and the photo wouldn’t be nearly as charming. Discovering these together was a bit of good fortune, but they weren’t my only find that day . . .


Heading inside to the cashier, I looked up and spied this amazing antique wire brush suspended from the rafters. All it took was a question for a ladder and willing shop assistant to appear, and I had it and the scale it was attached to in my hands. By rotating the brush I had the bristles producing a visual effect that reminded me of ’60s-era op art. I added it and the scale to my happy haul.

It was only by chance we ended up in Temecula that day: We’d pulled off the freeway on our way back from Encinitas so that I could walk off a dastardly back spasm.  While there we lucked upon a fruit stand owned by two cousins of mine; we had a nice chat … it was after that I made these finds. For a short stop, our visit to Old Town was full of surprise finds I valued personally. In a word, it was serendipitous.


41950 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92592 • 951.506.4446 • Daily 10-6, Fri. to 9

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Rancho Garcia Garden Art (in the greenhouse at Serendipity)

Jeanne Garcia, 951.767.2454

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth permalink
    October 23, 2013 3:44 am

    spectacular as usual!

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      October 23, 2013 3:49 am

      Aw, thanks, Ruthie! 😉

  2. carol permalink
    October 23, 2013 4:39 am

    Love the planters and the wonderful display! Sorry, but I’m not “getting” the wire brush. LOL

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      October 23, 2013 4:44 am

      Ha! Carol, you’re far from the first one who failed to see the specialness in something I found delightful … I think it’s amusing, too! 😉

  3. October 23, 2013 12:57 pm

    Very nice… I’m going to have to stop there sometime and check it out. I love that the plant store’s name starts with Rancho… now that’s serendipity!

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      October 23, 2013 1:38 pm

      I thought the same thing a week later, WF, once I’d finally looked at the business card they’d given me.

  4. Val Rubida permalink
    October 28, 2013 1:22 pm

    WOW!!! What a great find. The plant stand is perfect and I especially love the swan.
    I have a pain of old western boots of my husband fron out time in Texas that I want to plant once I find the right plants. It would be great if I could find an old steer skull to go with the boots. That would be my serendipity!

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      October 28, 2013 3:11 pm

      That sounds fun, Val, send me a picture when you get all the pieces together! 😉

  5. November 3, 2013 8:04 pm

    The plants, the containers, and the stand make a PERFECT statement. They say, “Reuben has extremely good taste.”

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      November 3, 2013 10:21 pm

      Thanks, JR, I thought it looked pretty great, too!

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