Lulu's Vintage

Tracyanne & Carey of Camera Obscura at Lulu's Vintage Store in Portland


Tracyanne Campbell and Carey Lander of Camera Obscura looking cute bundled up for a rainy, blustery day.

A little over a week ago Chris and I were walking down the sidewalk on the way to our store and there were two ladies in front of us. They stopped in front of the store and we told them that we would be opening shortly and encouraged them to come back. They told us they were drawn over to the store because of our tartans in the window, thinking that we might be a Scottish store. I explained that each year at Christmas time we do a tartan and plaid themed window (do you know the difference between a tartan and a plaid? Maggie of denisebrain recently wrote a blog post about the two fabrics, click here to read it). I do have a lot of tartan and plaid skirts at the store though, and I do have Scottish heritage.

The two ladies came back after we opened and were shopping around the store. I always enjoy chatting with my customers,the majority of which are visiting from elsewhere. I asked if they were from Scotland, and they said yes they were and that they were in town recording an album. I asked what the name of their band was and they said Camera Obscura. When they said they were from Scotland here recording an album I wondered in the back of my mind if it could be Camera Obscura. They were both very nice, which is always such a delight to discover in members of a band that you like. Their music is wonderful and very suited to the similar climates of Scotland and Oregon.

Having a store on a major street across from Powell's Books, one of Portland's top tourist draws, I always wonder when groups of guys come in to the store all dressed similarly if they are in a band. Would you recognize members of your favorite band or a famous band? I think that I would recognize Morrissey- but, I don't know for sure, even here in town there are some guys that have a striking similarity, though perhaps the cute 1980's version of Morrissey, not the older handsome gentleman of today. Back in 2001-2003 when I had the original location of my store Erykah Badu came in to my store and bought matching vintage purses for her and her sister. When she told me her name I recognized it but, didn't know what her music sounded like. At the present incarnation of my store Adele stopped in- but, I didn't recognize her when she was here. I think part of the reason I didn't recognize either of these famous ladies is that I don't listen to Top 40. I did recognize Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth when she came into my store.

What do you think, would you or wouldn't you recognize members of your favorite band or a famous band?

This post was originally published on December 4, 2012.