Tuesday, April 16, 2013


     I had just spent two hours with a new dentist in Hillcrest which required a lot of time because my mouth is full of many years of work that needed to be x-rayed and charted. It was time for a break. As I was driving to Point Loma, I noticed a resale shop in a pink building with blue awnings. There were racks of clothes hanging out in front,  a friendly bench, and a “Sale” sign. It is called Girls from the Park Resale Shop, 3034 Canon Street. I decided to pull over and take a look.  Plenty of free street parking is available. 

     Girls from the Park is named for the two sisters who grew up in a trailer park in Lakeside, California, in the 1970s. It is a resale shop. The current owner describes the content as “Unique, name brand, and vintage clothing & accessories.” The clothing ranged in price from $15 to $85, which makes it much less pricey than many shops. The vintage selections are limited; however, with a little patience I think you might be able to find a good-value-outfit. A glittery gold dress for $85 caught my eye. The majority of the clothing in the store is of a more recent age.

   Vintage clothing is defined as being between 20 and 100 years old.  Clothing from before the 1920's is considered antique. So far all of the vintage shops that I have visited have something unique and special to offer and this establishment is no exception.
    The owner of this store has done a beautiful job of displaying the clothing and accessories. A collection of antique jewelry boxes are displayed on shelves above the clothes. Hats, floral purses
and fancy shoes sit on an antique fireplace.

Pretty pastel satin hangers swing from the

ceiling. Fine china teacups decorate the front

window. A trunk is filled with a variety of worn billfolds. Feathered hats and dozens of vintage

cosmetic cases complete the décor.

    Marcaine, the owner, obviously has a knack for choosing and displaying her treasures. She says she learned it from a grandmother who use to take her shopping. In addition to the enjoyable displays, I recommend this store for good value.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013




The 55th Annual Swallows Day Parade in the lovely old city of San Juan Capistrano. This is a vintage parade where just about everyone wears western attire and horses prevail. No motorized vehicles are allowed which includes mortorized wheel chairs. The theme this year is “Happy Trails.

This was particularly special because my son, Ben, and his girlfriend, who were visitng from Iowa, and my daughter, Anna, and her husband were joining us. It was also a chance to visit my brother, Fred, and his good friends from Belize. We all met at my brother's home in San Juan Capistrano and then made the leisurely 20 minute walk to the town center.

We arrived at the parade route in time to hear the National Anthem. This was followed by members of the sponsoring Fiesta Association casually parading through in traditional western attire. The official parade that followed consisted of hundreds of horses, bands, military members, flags, wagons pulled by horses, folkloric dancers, baton twirlers and, of course, the two official poop-scoopers were very busy in between. The parade lasted about three hours. It was a little slow at times, but the crowd of approximately 40,000 seemed to be having a good time.

We left a little early to tour the town where there was live music and plenty of libations. We walked through the well-preserved Los Rios Historic District where the original builders of the nearby Mission lived. The festival pays tribute to the unique history of the area which includes the Juaneňo Indians who were the original inhabitants of the area. The Juaneňo Indians provided the manpower for building the Mission of San Juan Capistrano in the late 1700's. The tribe is currently headquartered here with over 2,800 active members. We were able to tour one of the old adobe homes where they had lived.

The Mission of San Juan Capistrano is famous for the annual return of the swallows on March 19,th St Joseph's Day. They winter in Argentina, 5000 miles away. There is a celebration at the mission every year when the the bells ring and the children dress up as monks and swallows. I was curious
about the swallow return this year—it turns out they did not show up. According to the experts they are flying a little late this year.

There were a lot of horses in the parade and for good reason. San Juan Capistrano is considered “The Equestrian Capital of the West Coast.” It has over 53 miles of local trails and the Olympic Field Trials.

The entire festival is made possible by the hard work and dedication of the Fiesta Association which has over 250 volunteers.

Visit my post dated November 29, 2011 for another “Vintage Journey to San Juan Capistrano.”

Sue & Fred at the Swallows Day Parade