Hit Your Six on Route Kingston Kicks!!!
ESCAPADE NO 3!!!
BACK ON THE RACK WITH PJ STEWART –
KINGSTON’S ANSWER TO THE RASTRO OR PORTOBELLO RD.
Believe it or not this type of activity is the sign of a maturing society…
ever wonder why these ‘flea market’ enterprises are seen a plenty in ‘developed’ countries and not the ‘developing world’? Some serious reasons…
1) a society coming of age or of age begins to have/has ‘disposable’ accumulation of goods
2) there is less worry about keeping up with the Jonses and having bling to show
3) it’s done without forced privation (think Cuba)
Let’s put that in perspective…imagine a slave receiving ‘hand me down’ from another slave as opposed to massa…he wants to ape massa so whose will he take? OR imagine a creole accepting from one of his own rather than a lady from the mother country…. so you’ll notice up to now in Jamaica we might happily recycle goods not seen in public (happily we’re still poor enough to understand the real value of many things, eg. food, we use fish head to make great soup) but when it comes to outward appearances – clothing, bling and luxury items, cars, homes – only the biggest, newest, best, blingest, most expensive will do…WE GOTS TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES… Then as we arrive at the point where we realise the motherlands ain’t saving us and we deh pon we own…we begin to ‘destratify’ ourselves a bit and get busy with sustainability, recycling (within the same strata of society – more like handing across than handing down), & realising thrift with personal items does not equate with poverty…and revolution does not have to drive the point home…IE we are getting happy with ourselves and our own little country and turning it to good…voila farmers’ markets (up till recently our Jones mentality had us in supermarkets or at Coronation, now there’s middle ground) and more and upscale thrift shops. No longer just Goodwill and Salvation Army. Hey…I was in Knightsbridge and picked up a gorgeous peacock blue thing based on a shalwar design and was off to pay for it…my friend stopped me…before I made an ass of myself…second hand Zandra Rhodes £500 :).
RECYCLE, RECYCLE!!!! EVERYTHING!!!!
EVERY LAST SAT AT 9.00AM, 28 COLLINS GREEN AVE., 925 7575
PRICES JA$100-300, ALL PROCEEDS TO FATHER HO LUNG
Well, it is really a labour of love down at Back on the Rack…it’s hot like any bazaar but really well thought out and there’s no reason you shouldn’t leave with a buy. I left with 2 and missed a third because I thought I’d look around…haha…it was gone when I went back to get it ten minutes later…In the Boutique section…all my buys came from this top of the line section 500 Emoji There’s also general ladies at 300 and a man’s section, children’s section, shoes, a ‘bendown’ (rockbottom) plaza and a what-not section which was mostly sold out. There’s a try on compartment with privacy and mirror in the boutique section. All ranks of society amiably and quietly moving around and of course sales talk here is a little different ….
” Miss, everyting me try too small, eider de bus or de bottom too small…”
” Well go pon diet”
All in all a really great effort for Father Ho Lung. I will shop there again…especially the Christmas bazaar….