July 22, 2001
The Dusty Rose is a nice quaint country folk art gift and collectable shop in an old house in Salado. The Dusty Rose absolutely personifies small town America.
The Dusty Rose has lots of handpainted folk art, gifts, collectables, and everything Christmas. During our visit, on the front porch greeting all visitors, was a sample of their Independence Day collection of neat country folk art painted red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July....there is more on display right inside the door.
The Dusty Rose also has everything Christmas. In the rear of the building, there is a large room full of Santas, Christmas Trees, Christmas ornaments, outdoor Christmas decorations, you name it. On the side wall of the back room and the opposite wall in the front room, they have old wood file cabinets that must have come from a post office or printing shop, that they keep Christmas ornaments and other items for sale in.
They also have a lot of Coca-Cola collectable (antique reproductions) items, china tea sets, ceramic chickens and hens. On the front porch and in the side yard, they have wrought iron accessories for the homne, including bakers racks, plant stands, trellis, and of course, Christmas decorations.
The Dusty Rose is located in Salado on Royal Street, around the corner from the shops of the Shady Villa and Peddlers Alley. Their phone number is 254-947-9215. It is easily missed if you don't venture off of Main Street. To get there, take I-35 to the Salado exit, find Main Street on the east side of I-35, and turn east on Royal Street. You can't miss it.
From journal Deep in the Heart of Texas - Salado