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Plum Blossom Kimono in Bolton Hill

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Plum Blossom Kimono from Baltimore

Today’s catch is really a catch-and-a-half. We’ve been admiring Plum Blossom Kimono’s gorgeous silk scarves for a while. Plum Blossom uses authentic vintage kimonos to create unique scarves, pillows, and even greeting cards. This is great news for those of us who appreciate the beauty of traditional Japanese textiles, but in all honesty have little occasion to don an actual kimono. For some of us, the intricate floral and geometric designs might just compliment our walls or living rooms better than our bodies.

Plum Blossom’s treasures are usually available only through their online store, but this weekend, we get a chance to see them up close and personal at the Festival on the Hill—a community festival complete with gourmet food, crafts, music, and activities for kids. That’s where the extra half-a-catch comes in. A festival where you can count on finding entertainment, activities, and treasures like those that Plum Blossom offers is a real treat, and not something that happens every day. Proceeds from the festival go to a variety of local causes.

The Festival on the Hill takes place Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 1300 block of Bolton Street & Lanvale Streets in Baltimore. You can learn more about Plum Blossom Kimono at www.plumblossomkimono.com.

Get on the Bus: GoGo’s Retread Threads

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 Gogo's vintage in Baltimore

Food trucks, schmood trucks. Give us clothing trucks! Or, clothing buses, really. Or actually clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry buses. And also can you make all of that stuff vintage? And can you make the person who stocks, decorates, and drives said bus be super fun to play dress-up and chat with? And also, can you make the bus show up at our favorite places and events—like farmer’s markets and neighborhood street fairs? Does this sound like too specific of a fantasy? If so, blame Stacey of Gogo’s Retread Threads for setting the bar this high for vintage shopping bar for Baltimore.

With such a great collection of unique goods, and a funkily-painted mobile store (yes, it is a repurposed school bus) it’s no wonder Gogo’s was just named “Best Vintage” by the City Paper. We’d been noticing Stacey and her bus for a while now (they’re hard to miss) at the Sunday farmer’s market, which is one of her regular spots. If you can’t make it to the Sunday market (though you should—it’s the best), you can also find her at the Towson and JFX farmer’s markets regularly, and stalk her and the goods via her Facebook page, which reveals upcoming stops.

Follow Gogo’s Retread Threads at: www.gogosretreadthreads.com

Great Fabric, Sweet Deals: Village Thrift in Reservoir Hill

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Like many of Baltimore’s gems, Reservoir Hill’s Village Thrift will catch you by surprise. The architecture lands somewhere between warehouse and minimum-security prison, but if you talk yourself through the doors you’ll step into a whirl of great fabric and sweet deals.

I just started living in the Bolton Hill area with some people I know at MICA, and when I asked them where to look for clothes they all pointed me to Village Thrift.  It’s a MICA favorite because the threads look good and the prices are decent even for art students. And the best part? It’s right on West North, only a five minute walk from the main campus, and even closer to a lot of the houses in Bolton Hill. I walked out of my door eating a banana and still had a couple bites left by the time I was in their parking lot.

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