Palm Springs CA Street Fair

Out of MN for a month and none too soon; was -27 the morning I left but planes fly in the cold–thank you, thank you!!!!

So here I am where the temps are in the 60’s and 70’s–more than 50 degrees difference!  This is perfect weather for walking, running, biking and Street Fairs, of which there is one or more every weekend up and down the Coachella Valley.  The Vintage Fair is on Sunday–more about that in the next post.

Palm Springs CA Street Fair

Palm Springs CA Street Fair

It’s the typical fair with beauty, healthcare, kitchen storage products, some food–especially happy to see dates. The Coachella Valley is the “Date Capital of the World”, so more about that when I visit the date farm.

Coachella Valley fresh Dates Yum Yum!

Coachella Valley fresh Dates
Yum Yum!

Was delighted to find a jewelry vendor Rewind.  Rewind…showcases mechanics of historic timepieces and vintage objects & tell intriguing stories with every piece. The upcycled, vintage jewelry exposes the inner mechanics of 1800’s and 1900’s timepieces & rediscovers the treasures of by-gone eras.

REWIND

REWIND

After a quick glance, I dismissed the jewelry as not my style, but the repurposed pocket watches called to me.  Janelle was working the booth and was a wealth of information about watches of all kinds and the watch chains and fobs which make up a large part of the jewelry.

As she worked, Janelle explained how Rewind got started and the features of the watches, chains, fobs used to design their necklaces, earrings, rings, etc.  It was interesting to learn about   the ‘jewels’ used to reduce friction in the watch wheels that are exposed in the jewelry.  Originally, the jewels (typically sapphire or ruby) were non-gem grade stones but are now synthetic.  In any case, the jewels add a pop of color.

I was really intriqued and soon had a chain and small woman’s watch from the ’20’s selected and watched as Janelle made my custom necklace.  This is the best part of meeting vendors in a casual environment–learning and having custom made items.

Janelle

Janelle wearing a necklace with several attachments.

Here’s my necklace.

Custom-made Watch Necklace from authentic early 20th century watch and chain.

Custom-made Watch Necklace from authentic early 20th century watch and chain.

Inner workings

Inner Workings

Monogram

Monogram

And more fair vendors…

How would you get this one home?

How would you get this one home?

Wasabi Peas and Peanuts

Wasabi Peas and Peanuts

Succlents

Succlents

Every Fair has T-Shirts

Every Fair has T-Shirts

and Dogs

and Dogs

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