October 4-6: Desert Treasures 40th Anniversary
It all began October 6, 1973 in Spanish Village in Carefree. Robert Vander Leest, manager of Spanish Village, and his wife Dorothy, decided to put Bob’s rock collecting hobby to work. On that date they opened their store, Desert Treasures, a fixture in Carefree for all these years at #11 Spanish Village, 7208 Ho Rd. in Carefree.
Scores of loyal customers continue to return year after year to shop and experience the ancient fossils and dazzling crystals offered by Mother Earth. Children who shopped at Desert Treasures in the 70s and 80s now return with their children, and sometimes grandchildren, to find the same wonderful gifts from the earth that fascinated them so many years before.
Today, Desert Treasures is owned by the daughter of the founders, Barbara Vander Leest. The store has expanded to include gemstone jewelry, and many unique Southwestern gifts. In celebration of the 40-year milestone, Desert Treasures will be hosting a three-day event October 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Spanish Village store. There will be sales, refreshments, raffles, daily specials and many door prizes for everyone who attends the celebration.