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Monday, March 1, 2010

Riding the Pop Cycle

Finding the Monster Booty arm bands was the highlight of my Tucson road trip last Friday.

This is me walking around trying to find the armbands and feeling out of place with my working girl polished look.  This guy on the left with the white tee had a rip in his rear denim pocket that showed his hairy ass. I tried to capture it but didn't want to be too obvious.  My first stop was this Hippie Gypsy store. It was soaked with incense, bo, kind of sagy hyponitic air stagnation. I pretended like I was really looking at there macrame necklaces. I was itching to just jump in my car and head home.  I was like, what in the hell am I doing here?  I found myself asking this happy girl who probably changed her name to Govinda Jai,  "I must find arm bands with felt sculls, you know what I am talking about?". Well, she did.

This is Pop Cycle, a wonderful boutique owned by Jennifer Radler.  Everything sold here is made from recycle materials!  For instance, Jennifer will buy some lightly worn cowboy shirts from Salvation Army which is a couple doors down, and sew the monsters on to give it a new look.

I quickly traded the Jackie O look for this cowboy top with the monsters sewn on for a sweet $28 bucks.

I bought 2 arm bands for the girls. It was a hard choice.  Even the bands are taken from old back packs, vintage buttons, even the felt is a recycled material.  I like the zig zag stitching that Jennifer uses, makes the monsters look feisty and cranky.

I bought Jeffrey the lamp made out of recycle cans.  If you stop by this place you need to give yourself time for the store to reveal itself to you.

The gifts were wrapped in used bingo card sheets and an old map. Clever huh?

Hydroponics next door. Why don't they just say "We will help you grow your own weed."  Out with it already!

This is my very strong iced tea I bought across the street at Sabine's Cafe Passe'. I liked this gun shot outdoor patio. 

Everything on 4th Avenue is re-used, re-potted,  rolled up and smoked. Geeeez. The Ritz Carlton and hairy butt street walkers all in one day!

Pop Cycle, 422 North 4th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85705.


Nen said...

I love the kind of stuff you found at Pop Cycle! I wish I was creative enough to think of some of that stuff!

I see that my totes are something to laugh over after seeing what you make! WOW! You are very talented. I am just a stay at home wife trying to keep myself occupied! (definitely not a pro!!)

Looking forward to the Swap!

Sam Harvey Handbags said...

Nen, you and I are going to have some fun! When the Monster Booty comes to the Tempe Art Festival this month, I promise I will buy you one and send it! by love!

pip a la chic said...

Hi Lara! Thanks for the comments. Sorry I haven't got back to you about your clutch. My internet has been down at home so I'm quickly using the net at work ssshhhh. Fingers crossed it will be back on Wednesday I'm having blog withdrawals. x

Sam Harvey Handbags said...

hey pip a la chic! you are such a great friend. i look forward to hearing more adventures. i went ahead and made the strap 22". just enough to get it under the arm pit yah know!

fashion westie said...

Hairy butt man? Extra strong tea? Crazy times, crazy times!

I want your cowboy shirt with da little monsters...

Sam Harvey Handbags said...

Fashion Westie, if you were with me maybe I could have summoned the courage to take a close up of Sid. I am going to put on my cowboy shirt right now. Yeeeeeeeeehawwww!