Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Palm Desert Street Fair
In the upscale desert town of Palm Desert, there is a "Street Fair" every weekend held in the parking lot of the College of the Desert that is simply huge.
You can buy just about anything from the many booths, including hippy-dippy batik images along with the Mexican flag, which is not a bad summary of the Coachella Valley, really.
Thousands of people ambled around the warren of booths...
...looking for everything from "Screaming Farm Animals" to Hebrew National Hot Dogs.
There was lots of bad art among the merchandise, including austere black-and-white photoscapes in which nobody seemed to be interested that were being sold by the grumpy young man above.
Most of the vendors seemed to be having a wonderful time, such as the kid in the sunglasses booth above.
One of the sweetest scenes was an elderly gentleman polishing the shoes of an elderly woman with his Amazing Shoe Cleaner.
People watching was high on the menu for everyone...
...especially with odd characters like the billy goat old man above wandering around.
Our driving hosts for the morning were Lesley, the Tour de Palm Springs lady, who insisted on bargaining for luggage at her favorite booth "run by An Arab"...
...while her husband Warren, the Canadian brake and muffler tycoon, was dragged along.
I only wish San Francisco hosted an event half as charming.