We heard a report recently that the blue jeans industry group took a survey to find out how long people keep their jeans. The answer is – a long time. Americans tend to hang on to their jeans for decades, sometimes to show they can still wear the ones they bought in college, or in hopes they might fit into them again before the 20th high school class reunion.
This revelation comes as we approach the Halloween season. It really is a season now, generating more parties and other revelry than any national event, except for New Year’s Eve. This year, costume makers and sellers say the 60s are in again Hippie chic is the thing for trick-or-treating or for parties anywhere, anytime, during Halloween 2009.
So what’s the connection between the 60s theme and the fact that we keep our jeans forever? Easy. What better than during a recession to be able to pull some 40-year-old bellbottom jeans out of the attic, add a long-haired wig, and par-tay?
It’s true that some people are going all the way back to the flapper days of the 1920s for their creative costumes. Again, frugality is foremost, so a quick trip to the vintage clothing section of eBay could net you some cool 20s dresses or a pair of spats. Grab a boa and a long cigarette holder (presumably without the coffin nail in it) and you’ll be set.
One small piece of advice about Halloween parties: check the punch bowl very carefully, especially if the party has a Shakespeare costume theme. The host may have chosen a “Macbeth” recipe for the punch. Remember? “Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing. For a charm of powerful trouble, like a hell-broth boil and bubble.” You may want to stick with the Bud Light.
All the town’s a stage
Marco Island’s newly energized community theater troupe, the Marco Players, will be on a couple of stages in the coming weeks. First, the Players will star in an audience-friendly production as part of Orion Bank’s In The Round evening on Thursday Oct. 29. It promises to be an interactive evening with the performers and the audience. For reservations, phone Orion Bank at 403-5169.
The Marco Players will open their current season in their own playhouse in Marco Town Center mall on Nov. 4. Their first production will be a Neil Simon comedy hit, “Jake’s Women.” We’ll have more about that in this space next Wednesday.
2wice As Nice grand opening
Tomorrow, Oct. 22, is the big date for what will be Marco’s only consignment shop for quality women’s clothing and accessories. It’s the brainchild of Island entrepreneur Judy Barney and her band of merry women will open the doors at 10 a.m., at 291 South Collier Boulevard.
The racks are full of nice stuff; some call it used clothing, others call it previously enjoyed. Whatever the case, there will be no junk at 2wice As Nice. The party for the opening will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.
“We’ll have raffles and giveaways, ladies walking through the shop, modeling some of the clothes, plus wine, coffee, soda and hors d’oeuvres for shoppers who come to see our merchandise,” Judy says.
If you have some previously loved women’s clothing, purses, etc., and would like to put them on consignment, Judy requests that you phone first for an appointment. The number at 2wice As Nice is 389-0227.
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