Thursday, June 29, 2006

Load 'em up. Move 'em out.

Day 6: Sunday June 24th.

Gotta make moves. Loaded up my "booty", and might I
say, Portland offered up some great "booty" and head
towards Idaho via Washington.

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Some sample Nikes, Cherokee wedgies, deadstock
goodies, ya know, "the goods!"

At some point I entered Washington but apparently
they didn't want to welcome me with a big ol' "Welcome
to Washington" sign. Realized I was in WA when I stopped
to get gas in a town called Connell. A sneeze of a town,
totally shut down on a Sunday, expect for the gas station
and a thrift store called The Never Ending Garage Sale.
Don't care how small your town is, there will always be some
graffiti...
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Saw this on my drive and pulled off to get a closer look
and some photos. Unfortunetly the buff monster had
gotten there before I did. But beggers can't be choosers.
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Posted up in Spokane for the night. Stayed here,
"where they'll leave the lights on for ya". Good Night.
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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Old School.

Day 4: Friday June 22nd

Made it to Portland last night. My old school homie,
we're talking 12 years deep, Aaron, gave me a place
to rest my head. Aaron also slangs the vintage. Meet
Aaron('s awesome vintage Nike shirt)
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Aaron also as some old "crusty" kicks lying around
the house...
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He also has some custom, one of a kind "crusty" kicks...
These where made for him a few years back, by "the man"
at Nike that makes all the custom laser kicks f
or celebrities,
music industry folks and other
"who's who types"...
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"The Vintage" can deff be used for barter...
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That's some deep laser action right there...
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Day 5: Saturday June 23rd

I always make a point to stop and visit Rob at his shop,
Old School.
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A plesant shopping experience for sure...Some things
you can't buy...
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And some other things you could have bought but can't
cause I did (sorry that sounded so brat-y).
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But you can still pick up these...
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And you should really just stop in and check out
these...
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Old school boom boxs done up by local Rick Leanedi
(neither Rob or I knew how to spell his last name, sorry
Rick!)
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Nike recently rented these bad boys for a photo shoot...
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"Everything dope is Fresh Again!!?!?!" So true.

OLD SCHOOL BOUTIQUE
3953 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
PDX, OR 97214

(503)235-8109

Holler at Rob if you're ever in the 'hood or if you'd like
to get in touch with Rick for some fresh custom ish.

...n-on-n-on-n-on.

Day 3: Thursday June 21st

Rolled out to Portland today. Took my time to smell the roses
along the way AKA more shopping!! First stop was Roseburg,
where I had to do eveything in my power to stop myself from
buying these:
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The beauty of the camera is you don't have to buy eveything

you see...Here we get some much needed fashion inspiration
from Aretha Franklin's "Who's Zoomin Who?" album...
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Dudes, please pay attention to the scarf and the
sweats/ankle boot combo...let's bring it back fellas!

Made my way through Roseburg, Eugene, Springfield,
and Salem. Hit up 1 Goodwill, 1 Sally's, 2 Value Villages
aka Savers in Cali and 1 Buffalo Exchange. The pickins'
where a-ok.
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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Oregon-n-on-n-on.

Day 2: Wednesday June 20th

Let the games begin!! Time to start the fun: Gettin' yer
shop on!! I felt it was a good sign when the first stop,
St.Vinny's, in Medford, was having 50% off everything
and offered up a bounty of deadstock (old new stock)
early 80's leotards!! The ladies love the leotards, to be
worn as bodysuits, especially in Manhatten!
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The Freestyle Leotard...To be worn while working out to
Taylor Dane and The Cover Girls...Get Schooled Here
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A sneak peak of the days finds. All in all I hit up 1 St. Vinny's,
1 Sally's, 2 Goodwill's and an Antique Mall.
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Mostly tried to relax, kinda. Visit with the fam and
get as much quality time in as possible with the lady
love of my life...my mama.
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P.S. Us ladies love the vintage Dior shades!

On the Road Again.

A big part of "what it do" , is the road trip. Currently making moves across this big ole' country, selling "the goods!" and buying "the goods!". Will be posted up in the NYCity by July 4th, where me 'n my "cahooter" (patten pending on that word), Alice of Rockit Retro, will set up shop and sell our fine vintage wears to the people of Manhatten.

Day 1: Tuesday June 20th

Start.
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Packed Down...
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with the Smack Down.
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The plan/goal is to get rid of 75% of this "stuff" by
the time I leave Oregon.

Priority Pit Stop.
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BTW, I came out empty handed.

I see alot of Craze on the road...
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State to State. Oregon: Home of cheaper gas that
you don't have to pump yourself!! Luv that!
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Made it to this...Home of my folks, no cell phone
reception and no internet contection.
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It Runs Deep.

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I was born into this. I had no choice. I am a second-hand-rose. Before I was even brought into this world my Mom and my Nana would comb the thirft stores of Oakland, California putting together the wardrobe for the child that would be. Once I arrived, weekends where spent "garage saleing" with my mom and dad. It is there that my dad taught me two things: 1) "You never know what tiny treasure is on that table" translation: stop at all gargage sales and 2) "This car stops at all garage sales!", the bumper sticker my dad said our car needed. If we weren't "saleing", then it was bus trips to the Salvation Army in downtown Oakland to visit my Nana, who worked there for years.

We are a product of our environment and mine happened to be diggin through peoples "unwantables"...to find that gem, the score, a little something that gets your blood pumping and the adrenaline going, like you just got over on the world. The proof is in the picture, 3 generations of "junkers": my mom, grandma Rose and me.