Hankies and candles and cats … oh my

Posted by Meghan in Sale Tales | 4 Comments

The Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus Annual Rummage Sale was held this weekend. This was our first time going to this 3-day event. It started on Friday night as a preview sale — for $25 a person. We debated going, but in the end we couldn’t justify spending that much money just to get in early, and decided to go at 7:30 am on Saturday instead.

The sale was being held at the old Crypt location (a local sex toy and leather goods store) and they sure had a ton of stuff, most of it men’s clothing but with various electronics, housewares, and other stuff as well. This photo only shows one corner of the sale.

Piles o' clothing

It was clear that they had spent days getting it ready, but the pricing was a little off — pants for $5, but dresses and shoes for $2? It didn’t make sense.The men’s clothing looked really good (aside from a couple of scary pairs of Joey Buttafuoco pants), but the women’s was a little on the stale side. I mean a purple shirt with cats? Might as well have a bumper sticker that says “crazy cat lady”.

Purple cat shirt

Since this was a benefit for a chorus, one can only imagine the singing that went along with these tapes (and they had many, many more). Erasure anyone?

Rockin' the 80s tapes

One thing that really cracked me up was this large selection of bandanas (or handkerchiefs or “hankies”) that had obviously been displayed prominently, probably as a sly wink at the legendary handkerchief code of the gay community.

Hankies

I found a new Votivo candle right as we started to check out. The man that rung us up told me that the Seattle company was recently purchased and would no longer be making their candles. Bummer since the red currant is my favorite candle.

After picking up a couple of baked goods from their table we headed off to the rest of the sales on our list. I’ll let Jenny talk about those …

4 Responses to Hankies and candles and cats … oh my

  1. Don’t be dissing Erasure!!! Funny story: about 5 years ago I went to an Erasure concert with 2 straight male friends. Once they realized the audience was predominantly gay, they told me to stick close to them so no one would think they were gay. “Silly boys,” I told them. “Everyone will think I’m a fag hag.”

  2. swankola says:

    The handkerchief code is so complicated – light blue, robin egg blue, medium blue, turquoise blue, teal… What if you’re colorblind?

  3. ohoyochata says:

    I would have bought those cassettes, Siouxsie especially. But not the Barry Manilow.

  4. Bryonia says:

    Those bandanas were a fad in the early eighties. They were rolled up and tied around the forearm or lower leg, Punky Brewster style normally.

    There’s also been some regrettable bandanna skirts and halter tops.