Friday, July 20, 2007
Maxwell Street Days: I scored my usual $5.00 polo shirts at Lands' End, and of course a few photos
Yes, I brought my own art supplies, and the arrow is pointing at them -- my previously described pseudo digital pinhole camera gear.
The Capitol makes a benign background for State Street, which for one long weekend a year becomes the Capital of Bargain Hunting Crazed Consumerism during Maxwell Street Days, when all the merchants on State Street are reincarnated as .vendors hawking their wares on the street. Usually it' takes place on some of the hottest days of the year, but the weather gods smiled on the event this morning. It was cool and sunny and gorgeous.
The hatless looked at hats, preparing for the return of the real Madison summer. (I never wear hats, but over the years I've assembled quite a collection -- regularly donated to Goodwill -- of hats bought on sudden impulse at Maxwell Street Days.)
Moms brought their kids. A stroller is a good idea and also helps with the packages. In the opening hours, there was plenty of room, but as the crowds build over the course of the day, navigation will become more of a challenge.
There was a lot for thoughtful shoppers to think about. Many recalled Maxwell Sttreet Days of the past, when, blinded by the heat, they accumulated packages all the way down State Street -- and then wondered, upon opening the bags at home, why they had bought most of the things. While there's a lot to be said for striking quickly before all the good stuff is gone, there's also something to be said for taking a moment to think about your purchases. Have fun!