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Janet West, Flea-Market Vendor at the Garage

"I like ingenuity."


What kind of things do you sell in your booth?
Kind of oddball stuff. Depression-era make-do things. And vintage children’s items—blocks and art, things like that.

Do you have a particular style you look for?
I like ingenuity. Like a pair of socks that have been crazily mended over and over. Or a mug with a broken-off handle that was refashioned out of wire.

How would you describe the way you dress?
Gee, I’m not good at that. I have no idea.

I think you’ve got a very specific style.
Are you sure you’re talking to me?

There’s this rug pattern in rug-hooking that describes me perfectly. It’s called hit-and-miss.

Interview by Rachel Baker.


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