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2012-10-25 12.35.15
I attempt to make a list of the Top 10 things to do in Bend twice a year.  Once in Summer and once right before Winter.  I have repeated a few spots on this list.  I wanted to add some funky eastside establishments that my family and I have been frequenting, but decided to stick with my original intent.  The goal is to produce a list that a visitor would would find useful, not too touristy, and a good value.  I also hope you find them authentic, practical, beautiful like number 10! I have never before placed Mt. Bachelor on my list.  I assume you are coming to go to Mt. B. However, your family may not ski.  Mt Bachelor is still a not-to-be-missed destination whatever time of year you visit Bend.  In winter you can take a snow shoe tour, let your dog run in an off leash area, cross country...
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Tonight I celebrate 5 years of Cowgirl Cash in downtown Bend. As I was running errands for tonights party I was reminiscing a little bit, and thinking about what I would do if I didn't buy and sell in a back alley Western Vintage secondhand shop. I came to the conclusion that I love what I do, and here are the top 10 reasons. My customers range from 4-84.  They are male and female, and they live in places ranging from NYC to Eastern Oregon ranches. When I pay my bills each month, a majority of the checks I write are directly  to artists, people I buy my treasures from, and business owners . No middleman, no distributor, no factory.   I get to bring Clyde to work. I get to set my own hours, and hire my own staff, and work with talented tradespeople that I consider co-workers. I get...
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Hello VIP’s of Cowgirl Cash. This Friday during First Friday Artwalk (Nov. 7) Cowgirl Cash is celebrating 5 years in downtown Bend! Please join the Charlton family and the crew at Cowgirl Cash during VIP hour from 6-7.  During this hour we will be doing samplings of Oregon Spirit Distillers Whiskey. We have CW Irwin Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Ottis Webber, Oregon’s first wheat whiskey. We also have some food to accompany the spirits and a raffle that will happen at 7pm. We’ve got lots of other great prizes that will be given out all night during our infamous Cowgirl Cakewalk until 9. Stop by anytime. Our artist Oaks Bottom Forge is not to be missed as well. Our raffle item is a bottle of a special release Rye Whiskey from Oregon Spirit Distillers, called Finn’s American Rye.  There were just over 200 bottles of this tasty whiskey produced. It is...
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Trying to get just the right shot to communicate the Lucky Lady Dress look and feel is a tough one.I don't claim to have any photo shoot or camera experiance. Having an on-line presence is important going into our slower months. It was fun hauling the 1968 Aloha downtown. The robins egg blue paint is working for me! ...
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Cowgirl Cash just wrapped up her fifth summer. We opened on Halloween in 2009.  I remember the grand opening "tag line" well....It's scary opening a retail store. We've expanded with-in our space. Our products have evolved, and Cowgirl Cash has found it's place in Bend's vibrant downtown scene. Summer is busy.  I scramble to find the boots I want to sell, the jewelry worthy of my customers, and vintage Western Apparel that is authentic, practical, and beautiful.  All while trying to spend good quality summer time with my quickly growing family and get my own mountain time in. Now that Fall is upon us and the tourist season is waning a bit, I can concentrate on my blog, my website, and an Etsy site. I would like to share the provenance of some pieces I find, and have my Lucky Lady dresses exposed to a wider world wide web of an...
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Retro Swimwear Polka Dot One Piece
Really?  Swimming suits at a Western Vintage Boutique? Not just any swimming suits are being sold at Cowgirl Cash.  Popina. Retro suits made in Portland Oregon. And yes, these suits are fitting in quite nicely.  The retro dots, the sexy halters, the Marilyn-esque boy shorts, and the flirty swim skirts are finding their place nicely with the vintage boots and other made in Oregon products we've been selling since we opened 4 1/2 years ago. This is actually our 5th summer downtown, and with the loss of our local swimwear shop, I felt there was a need.  Here's some background on Popina and the owner, Pamela Levenson. Pamela Levenson grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and has worked in the garment industry for the past 20 years. This experience has provided her opportunities to work for Guess? Jeans in Los Angeles and Paris, as well as several large clothing companies in...
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May 1, today, is the official start of my 5th summer with Cowgirl Cash.  This is the day we kick off SUMMER HOURS. (Mon- Sat 11-6, Sun 11-4) Five years makes me sound like a pro. But the business keeps evolving and growing and challenging me and inspiring me. Some changes have come about because of my recent travels to India and Nepal. As much as I loved seeing the people, eating the food, and experiancing a different cultures.  I came home more determined than ever to stick with my "American Made" roots, my buy local mantra,but I added a new rally cry..."slow clothes movement.  What if we could bring back the American munufacturing industry by breaking ourselves from our addiction to disposable cheap clothes?  What if Cowgirl Cash could be a resource for second hand,and  locally made? Wait, I'm already doing that, lets just add a few more items to the...
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I like this. This way of approaching clothes, fashion, style, could save the planet.  I just had a fresh look at what countries look like that produce the cheap clothes we love to buy and dispose of. Come see the options at Cowgirl Cash....
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  Back in the store. Buying, selling, remembering, and planning a slide show of my trip. (time TBD). My biggest take away from my adventure to India and Nepal is the importance of caring for our natural resources.  The air we breathe, the idea of leave no trace... I came home to Bend greatful for life in a small clean town and proud to run a store where self sustaining practices are the norm. I did buy some cute handmade items and colorful bracelets just because...stop in and say hi. Winter hours are Wed-Sat 11-6. Dress covers. Love the sweet rick rack detail. From Jaipur, India. $20   Mala bracelets. Beads, seeds, fun. From various locations including the steps of the "Monkey Temple" in Kathmandu. $15   Needlework clutches from Nepal.  Beautiful colors.  Nice detail $15-20   Yoga mat covers.  I bought the fabric in Nepal and the my cousins driver...
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My Cousin Brenda has been living in Delhi for 4 years and had always heard how wonderful the Jaipur Literary Festival is. We happened to be coming that weekend.  Jaipur is called the Pink City and is surrounded by some of the best palaces and forts and shopping areas in India.  It is also near Agra, which is home to the Taj Mahal. We drove to Jaipur on traffic choked pot holed roads. I reviewed the Festival schedule in the car and was estatic to see that Sheryl Strayed was a speaker! If you haven't read the book Wild go get it.  If you don't want to read the book, wait for the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, that was filmed in Bend to come out. This was huge for me. Traveling with a Diplomats wife has it's advantages. Great parking, free passes, a party at the Rambaugh Palace hosted by Penguin...
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linda and i bike tour
 If Day 1 was baby steps, Day 2 was full immersion. We started the day at 6:30 am. It was dark and the city was shrouded in thick gray smog. Brenda and her driver drove Linda and I to a little street in Old Delhi. We were there to do a biking tour. As we walked down a dirt street in search of our guides, people were camped out on each side. They were burning little fires of garbage for warmth. Dogs were everywhere. Traffic wasn't bad yet, but already rickshaws, trucks, oxen, horse and carts, and scooters came by us in all directions.  We rounded a corner and there was a line of bright orange bikes just like I had seen on Trip Advisor. There were 8 of us plus 3 guides. I put my front tire on the rear of the lead guides rear tire and didn't let him...
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Day 1 started at 3:00 am. My cousin Linda and I were swiftly picked up from the Delhi airport and taken to  my cousin Brenda's home. I awoke early and enjoyed a yoga class at the house. Then Cleo the dog and I investigated the grounds at the Canadian residence where my cousin lives.  Her husband is Canadas High Commissioner in India. We considered walking around the block, but were discouraged by local street dogs.    I had read a blog before I left that suggested packing very little and going to Kahn Market and buying long colorful tunics for reasonable prices. Kahn Market is considered one of Delhis swankiest shopping districts. It was a good place to ease into India. Fabindia was our first stop. This department like store was laid out for Western buying habits and tastes. Clean, organized, well staffed, and a nice assortment of dresses, pants, shawls,...
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Some recent family travel reminded me how helpful a top 10 list of things to do in a new city can be.  I try to compose my own list twice a year, as a way to get Cowgirl Cash "on the map".  My list is usually made up of the less obvious, but solid choices... Top 10 Things to do in Bend, OR during a winter visit..  1. I like to start any trip with a visit to a killer bakery.  Don't miss Fearless Baking on North Division. The egg sandwhich is delicious and healthy.  They make their own english muffins. 2. If you are feeding a family or dining solo don't miss the very hip and yummy food cart area off of Galveston.  Locals are calling it The Lot.  They have great beer, good food cart options, and the benches are heated!  Don't be afraid to go on a cold...
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Happy New Year from the Charltons and Cowgirl Cash.  We started the year by not hosting a First Friday artwalk. I missed my customers and the vibe of the night, but I needed time with my family.... out of town, after a very busy holiday season. As always, Cowgirl Cash reduces their hours in the winter to catch up on cleaning, organizing, buying, sewing, sleeping, skiing, and writing. I'm adding a new twist this winter.  I'm traveling. I'm taking a trip to Nepal and India. We'll see what affect this adventure has on my Western Vintage Boutique.  I'll be shopping. Fabric, jewelry, beads, scarves, spices, perfume. My eyes will be wide open.  My traveling companions are my two cousins, Brenda and Linda.  We share Branin blood and Branin adventure.  I haven't seen much of these beautiful women in the past 20 years. Brenda lives in Delhi, and Linda reminded me...
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Celebrating four years at Cowgirl Cash this week.  Halloween 2009! I'm walking down memory Lane on this rainy Monday morning. No regrets!  I love this shop, this community, and what the store allows me to sell, support, and do.  Thank you dear customers. xo rebecca Cowgirl Cash with Rodeo Queen beauties at a Redmond Street Fair. October 2009. Day 1.   An entry for my Big Buck contest. 2010   May Day Fashion Show 2013. Lucky Lady Dress debut. Great Boots are a constant. Baby chicks hanging out in the shop in May 2012....
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Eli Halpin is the featured artist at Cowgirl Cash, and has been since our opening four years ago this month.  I was introduced to Eli through her art by a friend of mine.  It was my 40th birthday, and I decided I needed to celebrate with a big bold amazing painting. I love my Eli Halpin aspen tree painting to this day, but I love new shipments. Each time a big box of Eli Halpin art arrives at the door of Cowgirl Cash from Austin, TX I am like a kid at Christmas.  These paintings look very good on-line, but in person they have the power to change your day, your outlook, your LIFE!  The color, and love, and  personality that is in each work of art is a special gift.  A gift from Eli to us all.  Treat yourself.....    Tall Birch Trees in Gloss Aqua with bright branches. 29.75...
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 Meet clyde the Cowgirl Cash shop dog. He is a 60 pound golden doodle. We got him from the Willamette Valley 9 years ago this Christmas as a puppy. He has litter mate in town named Roxy. We love Roxy and her people. We think of them as family. Clyde is certified therapy dog. Come visit him at the shop. He gives good love and the therapy is free! ...
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This was my year.  I  went mule deer hunting with full intentions of harvesting a buck.  I had the right tag and the right hunting party. Opening morning in the Paulina unit started off beautifully.  The temperature was cool, but not uncomfortable, and as the sun rose, it became perfectly pleasant to sit on a rock and glass the desert for deer.  About 11:00 am we started a hunt through a small canyon we had seen deer taken from the previous year.  My dad walked just to the right of me, Teddy was to my left, and my mom drove up the road towards the end of the canyon to take a stand and watch for deer.  An hour into the hunt, I spotted something.  It looked odd, but familiar. I studied the object with my binoculars and moved closer.  It had the white color that is a sure sign of...
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Saturday, September 28 is the opening day of hunting season in Central Oregon. As a kid I remember it being a very big deal.  My dad always had buck fever.  Hunting magazines near his chair, guns, backpacks, orange coats and supplies laid out ready to go. We bought things for lunches we normally never did like snack pack pudding, ding dongs, and orange crush.  Hunting camp always included my grandparents and different sets of friends and relatives.  Whoever came, was always in good spirits and always had a story of a past hunt to share. This year is different, but memories of past hunts keep coming up. Friday night, my son Teddy and I will join my parents in deer camp. We took the trailer out last weekend and scouted for deer. All four of us have buck deer rifle tags, and for the first time, I'm really ready to "harvest"...
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It's been almost two months since we kicked off our Lucky Lady dresses with a spring fashion show.  Since then we have added an order form to our webpage, visited an international fabric show in Portland and of course, we have sold dresses.  Some custom, some straight from the rack.  All beautiful and truly one of a kind.  We like the idea of the "slow clothes" movement.  It seems as reasonable as the slow food movement. Who wouldn't want to eat, dress, and live uniquely, and with purpose? Eating at restaurants with fresh local food,attending farmers markets, appreciating chickens from a backyard coop,finding vintage or pre-owned clothes with history and style, original art.....and fittingly a special dress: handmade in a beautiful mountain town.  Yes, Lucky Lady Dresses are just an extension of a rich, slow, beautiful life. Call us or come by to try on dresses and choose from our beautiful...
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