When Alexander Berkman decided to assassinate Henry Clay Frick, Emma Goldman (the story goes) decided to prostitute herself to get money for a gun.Â She put on her best stockings, went to the red light district and started eyeing up potential customers.Â Apparently, it was so painfully obvious that she was out of place, some man just outright gave her $10 and told her to go home.Â That was the money she used to buy Berkman the gunâthe gun that Berkman used in his spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to kill Frick.Â For some people, point-blank range isnât close enoughâ¦
ANYhow, the above story is illustrative of the LUPEC rummage sale in that every revolution needs money.Â What better way to overthrow the patriarchy than with proceeds from a rummage sale?Â Well, the better way that comes to mind, if weâre discussing irony, is a bakesale, but whoâs got that kind of time?Â
LUPEC held its third annual Hipster Yard Sale at the home of the Mondays in Pittsburghâs beautiful Polish Hill.Â The two-day event netted us ladies some much-needed funds for programming and events.Â It also allowed us to clean out our bulging closets and get rid of many well-intentioned but severely misguided gifts.Â
It is LUPEC tradition that all participating LUPEC ladies get to pick one free item each at he beginning of the first day.Â Saffiâs kitchenkitty lamp was quickly snapped up by F.Filly.Â Saffi found the perfect birthday gift for her husband; a new and out of print book about Tiki Culture, courtesy of former bookstore manager Brandy.Â Lady Finger and F. Filly brokered a trade: the red vinyl chair for the white patent go-go boots (âJust use windex to clean themâ¦â)Â At the end of the second day, everything is up for grabs before we pack it up for Goodwill.Â Monday got a Point Park College t-shirt that, thru the miracle of seam rippers and iron-on letters, is now a LUPEC t-shirt.Â Saffi got the big plastic shelves and she is now this years keeper of the Daisyâs Ex-Boyfriendâs china.
For those who came out and spent a little money, here is a quick update on where that money is going:
Thanks to everyone who came out and rummaged.Â Weâre much obliged.