Monday, May 31, 2010

the fastest growing sport in america

feathered hair...
flannel shirts...
high waist denim...
and skateboards.

we dig it.

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the skateboard book - 1976 - available at pack rats!

come browse our book selection - grand opening - june 11th


Sunday, May 30, 2010

what pack rats watch


after a night at the shop spent on inventory and pricing we packrats
came home to a fridge of beer, cut up a few squash and sat down to
věra chytilová's 1966 film sedmikrásky a.k.a. daisies.

we generally enjoy any late 60's -70's film no matter how bad as we
love to soak in any bit of visual candy they provide and have
sat through our fair share of terrible psychedellic cash-ins (many somehow
starring peter fonda) or plotless self-described "urban action" flicks,
but daisies was not just eye candy but a full intellectual meal.






banned in its country (after a letter by the deputies of the czech national assembly
which refer to the film as unintelligible trash), daisies follows two girls,
each named marie, who decide that since the world is bad they should be
bad too. the two maries go on date after date, teasing older men then
listening and laughing together afterwards at their pleaful i-love-you phone
calls while cutting sausages with scissors and spearing eggs with forks.



feminist, psychedelic, surreal, nihilistic, existentialist, political - take
yr pick. made by a woman who, according to the guardian- gleefully
admits to beating up her cameramen when they prove unwilling to
try out new ideas - daisies showcases that very same angry strong
and in your face character with its young rebellious in your face
maries. but we won't go on and on - we liked it- and as věra chytilová
herself said, "i'd rather have cash than laurels."




Copy of Sedmikrasky 01


Saturday, May 22, 2010

behind the scenes


most definitely a labor of love.


Friday, May 21, 2010

well read


books? we got yer' books right here.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010



we had a crash! a shelf came down and we lost two vintage
mugs and an am/fm tube radio. 'least nobody was hurt.
shelf plan B in the works...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010



hauling in more items. everything's sort of a jumbled mess right
now as we have to keep swishing things from left to right as we
work on installing racks and unloading boxes and moving in
larger fixtures.

speaking of racks - we spent quite a bit of time installing our first
set. it took more than a few trips back and forth to lowes as well
as our fair share of sweat, cursing, and head-scratching. they're
really very simple in theory - we just happened, as usual, to hit
every bump there was to find. lesson: don't go cheap on yr
masonry bit and you'll save lots of time and frustration and effort.

and finally, here it is along with the first unpacked box of vintage dresses:




yr tired shop owners in need of a good drink which we so
happened to find underground at the Whig:




Tuesday, May 11, 2010

setting up shop


so very sorry for the absence, but we have been the busiest of bees
round here lately. today we made trip after trip to pick up fixtures
and our counter and our jewelry case and our tables and loaded and
unloaded them all ourselves. now our store is beginning to look like
a real store and at the end of the day we stood around exhaustedly
admiring our very low-budget but perfect selections. this is so
exciting and dream-fulfilling but also stomach-clenching and terrifying
at the same time.

if anyone is interested in possibly having their handmade items in our
shop please do let me know. you can email me at
to discuss everything. i don't know how much we'll be able to take to
start with, but we want as much handmade as vintage so there's a nice
mix. we also need more things for the boys.

anyway, that's our life currently. store store store from wake to sleep.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

the load


a tiny sneak preview.

hauling in all the vintage we've collected over the years
almost feels like we're moving out of our home.

now for all these dresses...


secret doings


you don't know what we're up to....

coming soon...!


Friday, May 7, 2010

fresh coat



a fresh coat of paint - the floors have since been buffed and
waxed and we'll be able to walk on them tomorrow.


Thursday, May 6, 2010



now if we could just get people to stop parking in our spots.
i foresee a towing sign in our future...


Sunday, May 2, 2010

gonna do it

we're opening a shop!

we're opening a shop!

we're opening a shop!

we're opening a shop!

We're opening our own brick and mortar! Pack Rats - a vintage and handmade shop, coming soon to 5 Points, Columbia, SC. We're gonna be located on Greene Street next to Andy's Deli right between Body Rites and Immaculate. If any of you have any experience opening your own shop - we could definitely use your expertise and wisdom :)

on our way

on our way

on our way

a day of big decisions...