It’s the Bay Area’s annual Litquake Literary Festival and I am volunteering at an event every day because I love this event and want to support it. Hence, this means that I have not been thrifting! For those of you in the Bay Area, there are hundreds of events planned through October 9th, so check out their website at http://www.litquake.org.
Last night I was at Tales of Hollywood Hell at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco and amongst the presenters was Exene Cervenka, the singer from the infamous punk rock band X (as well as The Knitters). Her story was rather unexpected. There was no excessive name-dropping or glorification of substance abuse. She appeared vulnerable and genuine in her tales of a reluctant marriage to John Doe in her early twenties and her shock at her sister’s untimely death on her way to see X play a show at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
What also caught my attention was her mention that on her way to Tijuana where she was to marry her former band member, she stopped into a Salvation Army thrift store in San Diego and purchased a mexican wedding dress and a second-hand brass wedding ring (for 2 dollars). This was what she wore to her wedding and placed on her ring finger to symbolize her betrothment. She reminisced about how her sister was way ahead of her time – wearing vintage clothing in the 1960’s she found at thrift stores for next to nothing. They’d buy farmer’s overalls, victorian dresses and cowboy boots to wear.
Thanks, Exene, for reminding us that saving money is cool (and that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a wedding)!