|Photo by Joe Vogel - this building used to be a theatre!|
The only bright spot in this whole thing is that Frannie, the proprietor, didn't close because of lack of interest; it was due to a building dispute of some kind. It doesn't make it any less sad, but at least it wasn't becuase nobody cared. On the contrary!
I frequented the antique mall almost from the beginning. It was a veritable treasure trove of ephemera, and the prices were very reasonable - sometimes almost TOO reasonable! I could spend hours looking around, and many times I would carve out an afternoon specifically for that purpose. It's where I began my love affair with old Life magazines.
Some of the most amazing items in my collection were discovered at this magical place. The one that sticks out the most for me is the Wisconsin Bell folder and six pamphlets, which I found back in June. Because of that discovery, I was able to make this piece, one of my favorite pieces I've ever done:
|"Number, Please" collage/embroidered framed work|
|Yep, I cut out each of those GH seals|
I can only hope that Frannie finds a way to return to doing what she loves and what she does best. She will surely be missed.