Great rummage sale and Boo-tique day

Get to the edge of the French Market at Barracks to get your one of a kind Hallowe’en costume pieces from an amazing array of local artists. 17 years of dressing New Orleans for tricking and treating and it doesn’t look like its aged at all! Led by Cree McCree, the queen of flea (markets) as well as our region’s daring nutria fashionista paired with her fellow royalty, Tracy Thomson, milliner to well, everyone in the city, you’ll find all of your favorites artists here today from 12-6.
They’re set up in the place next to the flea market, right between Louisiana Pizza Factory and Tyler’s Produce, along the barricade.
After you see and buy there, get to Barracks and Chartres for the neighbors usual twice a year “yard” sale. Amazing finds as always from these professional pickers (and Lakin tells me that they will also be out tomorrow with more stuff from the warehouse, so stop by both days…)
All with a drink in your hand and the sun on your back….

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The library in the Quarter

The Iron Rail Anarchist Library and Bookstore is now at home in the French Quarter. It has fully moved into its excellent location at Barracks near Decatur (behind Gnome) and is open for business. As proud member #77, I have been involved since its beginnings as I was with Crescent Wrench before this iteration. The need for more collectives, more shared open space and more literary places is dire so support those who stick it out and do it with humor and openness by attending Iron Rail’s benefit on July 28th.

And by coming by and using the Rail.

Iron Rail rejuvenates the lower Quarter

June 4, 2011
The new Iron Rail at 503 Barracks St. is now wheelchair accessible.
We also have a phone number: 504-38-DEATH (33284).
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May 27th, 2011, via Nola Anarcha:
80 days after the NOPD broke its own laws to evict the Iron Rail from its location in the ARC at 511 Marigny, New Orleans’ only anarchist bookstore and library has returned…but this time the black flag has unfurled in the French Quarter!Yesterday the Iron Rail opened its doors onto 503 Barracks next to Decatur, across the street from local coffee shop Envie’s, and next door to our friends at Gnome and Riot Supply Co. Well into the night food and wine was served and art displayed. Old and new faces streamed in and out of the boutique as folks celebrated the new space and satiated their suppressed appetites for rebellious readings.

I wondered if she would change this…

I had a feeling that KGP (City Council for the FQ) was going to allow solar panels. Look-if you want to get picky about it, then take the Victorian bric brac off and lose the indoor bathrooms and kitchens! Solar panels should be taken seriously, even by those French Quarter residents who think charm comes from roofing materials. Push or pull those huffy residents screaming all of the way to the 21st century whenever possible and keep our old city vibrant rather than becoming a total anachronism no one can afford to live in.

lovely paper

I have been roaming the FQ over the last few days, off from work for a week and with a car at my disposal. Car rented from the nice Hertz people at the Omni Hotel at Royal and St. Louis-well in the garage on the Chartres side. (It’s the only car rental counter in the FQ, and has nice staff who chat about all types of things with you although I DO wish Mr. Hertz would staff it everyday and stop being forgetful about taking the gas up fee off, but other than that, hurrah for all of the Hertz family and that does include little Hal Hertz and even Minnie Hertz who is still a bit whiny.) The car means Maddie the Cartoon Dog gets to come along and take a perambulation along her streets, happily poking her head in shops and smelling people’s shoes.
Between parking successfully and taking advantage of Golden Lantern’s drink prices, one of the things I have indulged in recently-while on my 2-3 trips to FQ-is paper.
Oh I love paper. I love to write notes or to send letters or to drop a card with some satsumas to someone’s door before they come home, so they can find it after (maybe) a bad day or just a ho-hum day.
This may be the only true manner that my Southern mother drilled in me. Well, I do say yes ma’am to older women and could curtsey still but since I haven’t had a dress on since the 1990s, it’s a lost art in my repertoire.
And you would think I had lovely penmanship they way I go on, but no, I lost that early in life and substituted nothing in its place. Maybe the beautiful paper is to make up for that loss.
So, paper. I almost always buy some beautiful cards at Nadine Blake’s on Royal. Her store is lovely, she and her “staff” both. And to have a store that takes serious care and delight with their window displays is a treat to those of us who remember the days of many of those type of store owners throughout the Quarter. There I buy greenery tropical cards, drinking quote cards, single funny birthday cards and the last time I bought a silver crescent moon that I when I returned home I immediately hung on the end of my ceiling fan pull chain.
After spending hour(s) there, I usually walk 2 blocks to the corner of Dumaine and Royal to my Florentine paper supply place, Papier Plume. Yes, Italian paper. I went to Florence in 2008 and was dazzled by the many, many things that Italian artisans still make. Paper, leather goods, textiles, cars, scooters, coffee makers, long underwear- the list goes on and on.
I bought paper while there and used it so sparingly because when would I be able to return for more? Then one day, I saw the same design through a window in my hometown and walked inside this magic place. Papier Plume also does calligraphy and wedding invitations and has lovely pens and (my latest addition) sealing wax and stampers. If you see an envelope with a blue owl or a red sun on the flap in your door, do know where it came from. Especially if food comes with..
The third is the dynamic sister store Ragin Daisy on Dumaine and Chartres. These two ladies are destined to be legends with their charming personalities and dry wit. They have such cool stuff; this is where I get journals and sometimes find boxes of vintage-styled postcards.
(I also use the tourist store at the corner of Camp and Magazine for cheap FQ postcards when I want to send a bunch of news out, like for a party. I think they are 10 for 100 there, don’t pore over the clichés too much; it’s better to just embrace the tacky once in a while.)
And you can stop by Historic New Orleans Collection’s gift shop on Royal, past Toulouse. You can get some oyster cards or maybe a lovely map. And view the collection and talk to the nice docent and gift shop ladies who are of a type, it’s true but still part of our gumbo. Just maybe not part of the dirty rice.
And finally, I will always give you a heads up to go see Gnome on Barracks and Decatur for many, many inspired finds. They will surely have moleskin journals and plain ol paper journals and probably some pens and you will be absolutely be fortified by the sense that good design is an important part of any ordered life.
Then go home and practice your penmanship.

Deal of the Day on Groupon

If you are not familiar with Groupon, I encourage you to sign up to receive the deal of the day email. Based on a group of people accepting the deal, you can get up to 75% off very good products and services. It’s a great way to find out about things going on around town, like this groupon today.
$15 for Two Tickets to the Louisiana State Museum’s Winter Art & Antiques Show. Choose from Two Dates.

Most people have no idea there is an antiques show in the French Quarter. Just when everyone thinks you can only get great deals on daquiris and sunglasses, this news comes along just in time.

check out:
http://www.winterartandantiques.com

and the Groupon site itself:
http://www.groupon.com/new-orleans/