Restoration Hardware catalog. I had not even realized I was on the mailing list, but, as these things go, it came through the mail slot. It was timely, as my husband and I (as we gleefully covered the last of the Restoration Hardware 1990's colorless "silver" paint in our kitchen with green) had been ruminating aloud about the post-economic-collapse fate of the place. As chain retailers go, it sort of catered to three elements that have evaporated over the past year and a half; upper middle class careless spending, more-expensive-than-necessary home improvements, and the impulse buy. Since we thought it on its way out, I was interested to see the catalog arrive announcing "Reinvented. Remodeled. Reborn." across the front. I thought "Oh well then, they are smarter than we are. They have restyled the brand to knock down the prices and keep sales coming in." Silly me. The opposite is true.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
See, I went back to the local flea this morning. No rain, my friend and I got an early start (there at 6:30 - still late to the hard-core who arrive at 5:00) and we leisurely took in the whole place over the next four hours. On the last side of the last row, which, because we started at the back was the first row from the parking lot, I spied a stack of the mags above. I asked "How much?" and while I did not get the crazy low price from last week, $2 each was what I was told. I quickly counted up four Harper's Bazaar's, a Vogue and a Glamour and asked if he'd take $10 for the six. Bien sur!
Friday, August 27, 2010
|A Hattie Carnegie illustrated advertisement from 1953.|
|All Andy Warhol illustrations courtesy Harper's Bazaar, March, 1955|
|All Mary Suzuki illustrations courtesy Harper's Bazaar, August, 1953.|
Saturday, August 21, 2010
True to tradition, the fair included a modest, but still delightful group of small farm animals and poultry to be judged. I just never tire of going pen to pen and cage to cage inspecting these lovely creatures!
I believe there was also some sort of judging of antique tractors which were displayed throughout the fair. Although, where the award-winning vintage VW bus fits in I'm not quite sure!
My favorite aspect of any state or county fair, however, is the fresh produce, flowers and hand-made items submitted for judging. I find the entire process incredibly charming. Not in a patronizing way, but, in a completely sincere form of respect for the hard work and skill that goes into such things, and, the sense of pride and community that comes from both putting them on display and stopping by to take a look. Since we live in a large city in another state, our experience is somewhat voyeuristic. I still enjoyed it, nonetheless...
|Look at all those awesome tomatoes in one place! Bravo!|
|Flowers, fruit, veggies and baskets all on display.|
|I heard the pumpkins have all been ripening too early this year in the northeast and that we may have a shortage come October. That situation certainly did not hurt this guy who won a "Best in Show" ribbon!|
|Not sure what type of hen lays these but loved the blue eggs!|
|There were some nice handmade items upstairs in the grange hall....|
|This hooked rug was impressive up close. Now that I see it from a ways back, I think it is after a Gauguin painting. Would have liked it better as an original design but the craftwork is certainly noteworthy...|
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
|This one even has the necktie Peggy is so often seen sporting!|
We love you Peggy Olson!