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A weekly list of who's
where, what's happening and
why you need to be there...

About Town
Super fly and super cheap, vintage
clothes provide a frugal fashion fix

ialookaville (1996) Three buddies from New
jersey try to become thieves, but their attempt
at the scam proves only to be a farce. Mich. 7
Breaking the Waves (1996) An exhilarating
story of sex and religion directed by Lars
von Trier and starring Emily Watson. Mich. 9
Dee Space Six Grateful Dead and '60s cov-
ers. lind Pig. 9:30 p.m. $4.
Dorothy Female vocalist sings lead in this East
Lansing band. Rick's. 9:30 p.m.
Summer and Smoke Tennessee Williams'
romantic, lyrical play addressesnthe struggle
between body and soul, as presented by
MorrisCo. Performance Network, 408 W.
Washington St. 8 p.m. Stu $9 (Thurs: pay-
what-you-can), $12. Call 663-0681.
Labor Day When two couples are visited by
a mysterious guest, they have a holiday they
won't forget in Kim Carney's latest original
lay. Purp ie Rose Theater Co., Garage
Theater, 137 Park, Chelsea. 8 p.m. $10-$20.
Call 475-7902.
Book Signing Poet Martin Espada signs
copies o his latest book, "Imagine the Angels
of Bread." Shaman Drum. 2 p.m. Free.
Once upon a Time in China V (1994) A
Cantonese film with English and Chinese subti-
tles examines Wong Fey-hong's battle against
pirates on China's southern coast. Angell Hall,
Aud A. 8 p.m. Free.
drivetrain Modern acoustic ensemble blends
bluegrass, folk and jazz. With guest Joyride.
Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Foster Kids East Lansing college-rock cover
band. Rick's. 9:30 p.m.
Guttermouth With guests jellybeans and
Square One. The Sheter. 6 p.m. $7.

It's a SlipperySlope Monologue about
Spalding ray's latest mid-life misadventures.
Mich.8 p m. (Students with ID: $20), $28.50,
$35. Call 763-8587.
Summer and Smoke See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Labor Day See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Nonfiction Reading Anthropologist Ruth
Behar discusses her new boo , "The Vulnerable
Observer." Shaman Drum. 4 p.m. Free.
Torment (1947) In mar Bergman's script-
writing debut in a ta e about two students
whose love affair is ended when one is killed
by a bitter professor.
Swedish with subtitles. s
Nat Sci. 7 p.m.
The Seventh Sealt
(1957) An Ingmar{
Bergman classic starring
Max von Sydow as a
knight who battles all
odds to save his family.;
Swedish with subtitles.
Nat Sci. 8:40 p.m.
Wild Strawberries
(1957) An aged professor "Don't open that door. Don't g
tries to overcome his -
hideous past and find ulti-
mate peace in this Ingmar Berg man Swedish
classic with subtitles. Nat Sci. :15 p.m.
Ann Arbor Folk Festival Featuring performers
such as Nanci Griffith, Leon Redbone and
Martin Sexton. Hill Auditorium. 6 p.m. $25.
Botfly East Lansing band jams with funk.
Rick's. 9:30 p.m.
Nil Lara Cuban guitarist extraordinaire. 7th
House in Pontiac. 8 p.m. $8 in advance. Call
(810) 335-8100.
Mitch Ryder Detroit classic rock icon will per-
form original hits. Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m. $13.50
in advance, $16 at door.
Summer and Smoke See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Labor Day See Thursday. 8 p.m.

Nonfiction Reading Business consultant Alan
Briskin reads from"The Stirring of Soul in the
Workplace." Borders. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Nonfiction Reading Sheldon Rampton, co-
author of "Toxic Sludge Is Good for You," reads
from his book. Shaman Drum. 8 p.m. Free.
The Gold Rush (1925) Playing the lovable
"Tramp," Charlie Chaplin braves the Alaskan
Klondike of 1888 in this classic silent comedy.
Mich. 3 p.m.
Breathing Room (1996) A New York couple
tries to resolve their problems by taking a
vacation from each other to decipher their
dilemmas. Mich. 5 p.m.
Never Forget A video screening of Leonard
Nimoy's portrayal of Mel Mermelstein who
was offered $50,000 to
i prove that certain
k ;::r::r.:events of the Holocaust
:::: :::::..f happened. Hillel. 7 p.m.

Trois Couleurs: Bleu
(Three Colors: Blue)
1993) Juliette Binoche
stars as awoman who
copes with the loss of her
husband and daughter in
bitter solitude. Mich. 7
Palookaville (1996)
See Thursday. Mich. 9

By Karl Jones
Daily Arts Writer
Okay, quick quiz: $20 can buy you a) one shoe, b) a T-shirt or c)
two pairs of pants, three shirts, a coat, some bellbottoms, a hat and
five necklaces. If you chose c, chances are pretty good that you're
a sucker for used clothing. Not to worry, vintage shopper, you
aren't alone.
"I shop a lot," said Ann Arbor resident and EMU
sophomore Amanda Scheffer, who was popping in
and out of several stores on Liberty Street this past
Monday. "(Used clothing) is more interesting, and it's
cheaper. I think it has more character because it's neat
to think of who wore it before you did."
There are several stores in the area that cater to
penniless fashion freaks who like their clothing-bro-
ken in. These stores basically fall into three cate- U J
gories: Those that take donations from the public,
those that pay their customers for used clothing and CLOl
those that send out their own buyers to find things the
store can use.
On the donation end of the spectrum are the Salvation Army and
the Kiwanis Rummage Sale. Salvation Army manager Ron Mathers
said the store is always looking for clothing.
"People can bring donations here any time we're open, or we do
have home appointments for pick-up," Mathers said. "Money made
from the sale of clothing goes mainly toward the operation of the
Salvation Army's drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in
Kiwanis volunteers sell used clothing and furniture to the pub-
lic. Donations can be dropped off from 9-11 a.m, and all the
money made from the rummage sale goes back into the commu-
Rag-o-rama takes a different approach to the sale of used cloth-
ing by offering to buy back items people bring into the store.
"We pay cash over the counter," said assistant manager Dave
LaFave. "The person (dropping off clothing) gets 40 percent of
what the new retail price would be:'
LaFave said that Rag-o-rama does not specialize in any particu-
lar type of clothing, although with the cold weather, the store's
focus on "sweaters and boots" and other warm items. Most of the
customers are "between 15 and 25," and they are looking for what-
ever vintage clothing is hot at the moment.
"We buy pretty much everything," La Fave said, "but we do pay
close attention to quality. It can be in garbage bags, boxes - we
don't care, as long as you can get it here!"
The Tree is a kind of clothing club, which takes items on con-
signment from the public. It costs $8 to join and members earn
money as their items sell.
The Style Revival also buys clothing from the public, although,
according to owner Mary Ellen Walewski, buying is done by
appointment only.
"People call and make an appointment, and I discuss what
they have," Walewski said. "I also take things on consignment
where people are paid once the item sells. I mostly do my own
buying, though. I have a few (buyers) that I work exclusively
Walewski said that about half of her customers are students, but
she also has an "older, professional clientele." For this reason, the
Style Revival carries funky '60s and '70s clothing, as well as a
selection of '40s and '50s classical items.
"I think that (vintage clothing) is becoming more mainstream
than it's ever been," Walewski said. "Used clothing has taken a
while for basic America to get used to, but I think Ann Arbor is a
pretty open-minded community"


LSA senior Henry Kovacs, an employee at Scavenger Hunt,
agrees with Walewski's view that vintage is definitely en vogue at
the moment.
"I think it's been around a while, but it has just become more
trendy (recently)," Kovacs said. "A lot of the styles come back in,
and people realize you can get what you like second-hand and it's
Scavenger Hunt sends out buyers for their clothing,
but according to manager Jeffri Olson, that means the
customer has access to all the vintage styles for which
they are looking without having to bother to find
"If I have to (search) for what I want - I'm not
going!" Olson said. "I figure mostly everyone i that
way. I try to itemi2e things so people don't have to dig
D and pull."
Olson said her clientele consists mostly of young
H ES people, and her hottest-selling item is probably cor-
"People come into the store, and they're like 'Wow -
look at all the corduroys!"' Olson laughed. She said many cus-
tomers are also searching for '70s items.
"People come in to do '70s parties - they trash the store, but
they have so much fun. I grew up in the seventies, so it's fun for me
to watch them. I got a pair of pants from Scavenger Hunt that I
swear used to be mine (in the '70s) because they fit so good."
Some other stores in the area that sell used clothing are Cat's
Meow and Re-bop. Cat's Meow has been selling vintage clothing
to Ann Arbor residents for the past 14 years.
See VINTAGE, Page 16B

Used clothing in Ann Ap
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Sunday, -4

Ann Arbor Bluestage Open mic with Jerry
Mack and the Terraplanes. 9 p.m. $2.
The Festival of Being Techno-ambient
music with Ten Second Dy nasty and
Dymaxiom Quintet. The Green Room. $5.
Call 482-YPSI.
Summer and Smoke See Thursday. 7 p.m.
Labor Day See Thursday. 2 and 7 p.m.
Nonfiction Reading Women's studies scholar
Gail B. Griffin reads from her work. Shaman
Drum. 1 p.m. Free.
University Musical Society With the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Hill. 4 p.m.
$18, $30, $36, $46. Call UMS Box Office at

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