Sometimes I think about opening a store. I would just collect the coolest used things I could find and display them all pretty and sort of weird and askew and I wouldn't charge a lot for these things. It's a hard one because all those cool things have been picked over and picked up and are for sale at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet in L.A. and priced at six times what anyone in their right mind should pay for them. So how do you make a business doing this? And price things at an attainable and fair cost? ---
That's a question I could pose to Bad Madge's owner Tanya McAnear because she's created the store I always wanted. There are vintage clothes, lots of jewelry, a good selection of vintage kitchen goods and even more stylish barware. There are accessories and stuff for your home and it's all displayed in a lovingly-tended-to junk-store way. A Queen of Hearts ceramic liquor bottle sits next to a sleepy dalmatian statue and next to that is a hobnob glass goblet. Still next to that some vintage poker chips and silver spoons. Oh and I can't forget the mini Cadillac grill pin.
And maybe the best thing about Bad Madge is its location (2205 Fern St. in South Park). This is small-store heaven, this here South Park. I can spend an hour or three perusing the stores from Bad Madge on down— Junc Boutique, Make Good, Progress, The Grove and Clarity Soap & Candles, not to mention Velo Cult. The perfect neighborhood to take on Am Ex's Small Business Saturday? Perhaps.
Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday.