Oldies but goodies
Great record finds in Nob Hill thrift stores
I recently acquired a turntable, amp and some speakers, and subsequently spent most of my weekend record shopping. Yeah, I know, vinyl collecting ranks up there with neck bandanas and a lack of general hygiene on the Hipster-o-meter, but I’m a self-admitted hoarder, and I just lost my iPod. Plus there’s that whole thing about purity of sound that I should be talking about, although I’m not sure I understand that part yet.
More than anything I just like the old-school album artwork and the fact that I can find a lot of stuff that I either haven’t heard or would have trouble finding in other audio formats. And it can be dirt cheap if you’ve got some free time to spare.
The Salvation Army on Silver off of Washington, for example, sells all their vinyl for fifty cents a pop (provided you buy 10 or more), and while you’ll have to sift through several dozen musty Christmas records before finding any gems, there are occasionally some diamonds in the rough. A trip there coupled with a few stops at the antique malls on Central just a few blocks away netted me some great material.
Are you familiar with Richard Pryor’s bit on John Wayne? One of the funniest things I’ve heard in ages. And if I looked anywhere half as cool as Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson on the covers of Jesus Was a Capricorn and Honeysuckle Rose, I’d die a happy man. Great albums, by the way.
So next time you have nothing to do, patronize your local junk shops. You might just find some roses amongst the mildew.
Found on Santa Fe Craigslist: Antique Meiji Foot Warmer/Incenser ($2,500)
For the Asian antiques collector with cold, stinky feet and money to burn, may we suggest this gold-accented combination incense burner / foot warmer from Japan’s Meiji era?
More than 100 years old, this rare and unique bronze, silver, and gold foot warmer was made after the defeat of the Shogunate, during the reign of Japan’s Emperor, (Mutsuhito) Meiji (1868 - 1912). Deeply patina’d bronze brazier with a 950 silver dragon motif lid accented by karat gold and black enamel eyes. Most certainly made for someone of the ruling class. Exactly 8”x 8”x 8”. Asking $2,500.00.
Off Central between Carlisle and Wellesley
Zap ... oh!
Though celebrity kids may have upped the fashion ante, this children's boutique is anything but hoity-toity. Fun and affordable, Zap ... oh! has what salesperson John Besante calls "a different perspective in children's clothing." All of the staff are bonafide kid experts eager to help you find the perfect piece for your favorite tiny humans. Our favorites include alien overalls, tutus and the Pee-pee Teepee—if you've met an infant boy, you get it.
Camino del Pueblo and U.S. 550
Camino Real Antiques & Collectibles
Step through the door of this teeming antique shop and the squeak of the wood floors alone is enough to send you back in time. Wander the free-flowing aisles and you're guaranteed to trip over (maybe literally) some bygone goodies—most dating from the middle of the 20th century or so. You won't find a lot of Victorian clothing or Federalist furniture here, but there are plenty of pop cultural gems, from the big (a full-size Pepsi-Cola cooler) to the small (a tidy selection of classic 45 records). You can spend a little ($2 for rustic, decorative kitchen utensils) or a lot ($3,000 for an actual juke box). Alongside your standard Americana (old advertising signs, rusted license plates, collectable salt-and-pepper shakers) are some sharp Western items. Ornate, hand-tooled saddles will run you upwards of $400. Professional branding irons go for $145. Indian blankets range between $85 and $125.