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I read a quote recently, that stuck with me for a few days. ”A change of perspective can change everything in an instant.” I think we are all learning to shift our perspectives a bit. Our expectations have certainly needed to alter. We are changing our plans and our priorities. Maybe trying new things, based on new circumstances. Suzanne and I have had a good summer so far here at Cowgirl Cash and Arrange. We’ve benefited from people wanting to travel, and choosing Bend as their safe, socially distant, playground. As much as we don’t enjoy wearing facemasks, we are lucky to be wearing and selling beautiful and locally made ones, so that we can be open and safe. I'm also happy to report that we have not had any resistance to people wearing a mask in our store. These tourists are looking for some fun, a new perspective on live/work...
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My Top 10 things to do in Bend OR list is not as vast as in the past. Businesses are still opening, or running at limited capacity. Here are some simple pleasures that make Bend livable and lovable. Tell them Rebecca sent you... 1. Visit the BendFarmers Market:  This Market runs down Brooks Street starting at 2:00 each Wednesday during the summer.  There are no crafts, but the produce, pies, flowers, kombucha, distilled spirits and pastries are all top notch. Bring a bag or basket, and this summer please wear a mask. 2. Hike Pilot Butte: I often put this hike on my list.  It  gives you such a great lay of the land. You can see why Bend is considered the "high desert" The mountain are in clear sight, as well as Smith Rock, the many Buttes down South, and Powell Butte to the East. This hike also coaxes you...
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As I was thrifting in the Redmond Goodwill last week, I was thinking as I generally do, about how much great stuff is available second hand. I frequently wonder why more people don't take advantage of this easy way to be easier on Mother Earth, dress differently than the average mall shopper, and stretch your budget. Another reason to shop consignment and thrift is that Its easy to justify a handmade custom dress, expensive underwear and bras , and that pair of beautiful shoes you must have, when the rest of your wardrobe is pre-loved and a fraction of the price. 1. Know your brands. This means be a shopper. Look through catelogs and magazines. Follow boutiques on social media. Stop in stores with beautiful quality items and try them on! These high end brands do show up in second hand stores (especially in Bend,OR).  And It's a thrill to find...
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Memorial Day Weekend 2020. Downtown Bend was finally open after a two month closure for Covid 19. My emotions had run the gammut.  I was tired from 2 am wakeups with my head spinning. Marsh and I decided to head south and east and Suzanne said she would handle the weekend at Cowgirl Cash and Arrange.  I'm frequently grateful for our partnership in the store. Our trip started in Klamath Falls and the newly built and expanded Spence Mountain Trailhead.  We camped in the parking lot near Klamath Lake and enjoyed the many species of birds that make themselves known there.  We decided bird watching may be a thing for us one day. Next We headed to Mount Shasta. We had our backcountry skis with us and decided to walk up hill awhile and see how far we got. We had to walk 2.5 miles on a dirt trail with our...
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After 10 years of doing business as a sassy cowgirl, I decided my look needed a refresh.  Sometimes a little change can give you a boost and revive your energy. The new logo was in the works around Mid March.... right when we were ordered to close down for the Covid 19 pandemic. This new logo: complete with an upward horseshoe holding lots of luck and bright and cheery orange poppies at the base seems especially fitting as we venture on into the unknown of a changed society and a rocky economic future.  Despite the change in logo, the buying criteria at Cowgirl Cash remains the same.  Authentic. Practical. Beautiful. Cowgirl Cash has always been the place you could get CASH when you needed it, but as we open slowly, I'm opening my wallet more slowly as well.  There will be more consigning and less cash outlay. I dont want to...
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March 14 was the last day Cowgirl Cash was open for business with doors unlocked. It was a tough day in retail. There were visitors on Spring Break and as happy as I was to see them after a typical long winter in a hidden location on Brooks Alley in downtown Bend, I kept wondering where were they from and was it safe to be near them. Just because you are open in retail, doesn’t mean you make money.  Browsing is a thing, and generally I welcome it.   I embraced shelter in place as the best thing to do to keep our community healthy and flatten the curve. There was already talk of financial relief.  On March 30 I applied for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance. It was sent to me from other friends in business and from the Downtown Bend Business Association. The application said “This loan advance...
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  Its been almost two years since Arrange moved into Cowgirl Cash.  I’ve gotten used to the statement, “It looks so much better now.” Because I know it’s true.  Having a designers eye to organize, merchandise, refine, and edit the space has been fun and freeing.  I was able to pare Cowgirl Cash down to the items I connect with the most.   Boots, jewelry, Vintage Western Apparel, Dresses, and Hats!     (Art too, but Suzanne and I collaborate on the original art we sell).   But the boots, jewelry, apparel and hats are pieces that you can wear either everyday, or for unique occasions. It’s my hope that the treasures you find pre-loved from my shop will give you JOY as you wear them, or JOY to the person you gift them too. Pieces with history, stories, craftsmanship, and rarity. Keep Cowgirl Cash on your regular peruse schedule, and remember we love...
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I love fresh starts, and I love a fresh start with experience behind me. Cowgirl Cash begins a new decade, and life is good in the shop with Suzanne and Arrange as my partner. I will continue to buy the best authentic, practical beautiful second hand goods, I can for my Western Vintage Boutique, and curate them in a pleasing way to be found by their new caretakers. I want the treasures at Cowgirl Cash to be worthy of the quality of customers I have coming through the doors. I want the foot print I make in my life and in my business to be as small as possible. When I’m not in the shop, I plan to soak up the beauty and nature we have so accessible to us, and hear as much fantastic music as I can, eat fresh and local food, and sleep soundly. Look for more art,...
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Summer started with Luci's graduation from U of O. Her dad and I are alums, and being a proud duck was instilled early on. I love this photo with the Edmonds family.  Andie and I met at the University of Oregon in the dorms in Fall of 1985. 30 years later Luci, and Andie's son Nick started at the same time. (proud to say both of our kids finished in four years) Andie started Cowgirl Cash with me.  She decided to move into Commercial Real Estate and helped me find Cowgirl Cash's current home downtown.  I've been in this space 10 years!  Hence the blog.   My days are busy with buying and selling and merchandising. Some things are new, some are old, and some of the authentic, practical, beautiful things I buy need a little polishing off and repair.  I love the people who bring their treasures to me, but...
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I am the owner of Cowgirl Cash, a Western Vintage Boutique on Brooks St.. My mom is a past Deschutes County rodeo queen, and my grandparents always lived close. My grandma taught me to sew and my grandpa, always so sharp in cowboy boots, a hat, and a rodeo buckle, taught me how to ride. My Dad is an avid outdoorsman. Growing up we camped, hunted, fished, cut firewood, hunted for arrowheads, and explored all areas of Central and Eastern Oregon. My little shop is a reflection of my native Bend roots. I attended the University of Oregon after graduating from Bend High. I then went to Gemology school. Buying and selling great jewelry and cool Western Vintage is never boring.  I love the customers that not only buy from me, but also sell to me.  I've been in my little back alley location in Bend for 9 years now.  Come find me...
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Well here we are....the beginning of 2019. I'm optimistic about the year. More people in Bend can be good and bad, but it does equal more buyers and more sellers.  Thats good for Cowgirl Cash. Authentic, practical beautiful. I strive for authenticity and beauty in my shop and in my life. Western living. Its about fresh air, fresh water, and for some, a fresh start. Welcome to Bend people. Get out and enjoy all of this goodness, and respect it too. We've got to protect this beauty, clean air, and fresh mountain water. I'll be out there too, but I'm not saying where....(winky face) Gotta earn and find the crowdless trails and untouched powder.   WINTER HOURS at Cowgirl Cash and Arrange: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5.Open on Tuesdays this year.  Suzanne is taking Tuesday so I can get a full tour in at MLS. Cowgirl Properties is growing too! ...
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9 years ago. Days before Halloween, deep in a recession, I rented a space in downtown Bend.... in the back alley. My Real Estate career had beaten me up, and I was telling potential buyers they should rent. It's not a good recipe for bringing home money to pay your bills.  The second hand boots and the gold I was buying on the side was generating my income.  I also liked it.  It appealed to my buy, fix up and sell bug and I loved how it fit a thrifty, green, credo. Cowgirl Cash has had a few changes over the years.  I added the Lucky Lady dresses, sewn by local seamstress. I added the vintage inspired, made in Portland swimming suits after our local swimwear store closed. (I no longer carry thoses.) I had my friend who had flowers in here with me, my friend the running coach, my friend...
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                                      The paper has come down off the windows, the paint has dried, and Chester the huge Bull Elk has been moved to a new position of prominance in the store. Cowgirl Cash has blended beautifully with Arrange if I do say so myself.  I've always referred to my shop as a Western Vintage Boutique, but now it finally looks like a boutique! Thanks to the vision and experiance and magic touch, of Suzanne Molt the owner and interior designer from Arrange. The blending of a timeless French feel and a cool, old, timeless Western vibe works! We call the combination of the two stores, A Fresh Western Lifestyle Store! Sharing space, floor coverage, marketing, parties, and fun has been a smart move so far.  There were growing pains (store closure and...
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Tuesday, my day is mostly consumed with real estate. In Bend, we have a weekly meeting that members of the Central Oregon Association of Realtors can attend. The meeting is held at 9:00 at the COAR building on 4th street.   We start with a flag salute, we move on to hearing about a cause or charity, we pass a basket and give money to the cause or charity and then we move on to real estate.  The meetings are divided by quadrants of the city. Each week, we as realtors, have the opportunity to tour new listings in the quadrant.  NE, SE ,NW, SW.  New listings are not automatically put on the tour.  Your agent has to sign you up. The point of this blog is to help you know what questions to ask a potential listing agent.  There are many reasons why you wouldn't put your home on tour....
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I wrote the title to this blog and smiled.  Its already easier and more fun with Suzanne.  "Life is better shared".  Pretty sure thats a Chris McClandless quote... Meet Suzanne: After the cold, dark days of Winter, Spring brings a sense of awakening. As we step outside into the warm sunshine, the world shows us its perfect beauty and new possibilities begin to flourish. For me this is the time of year where I feel the most growth. I am inspired to venture into new things and imagine endless possibilities. That said, I am super excited to share with you the new venture Arrange is about to embark. As many of you know, before moving to Bend and returning to Interior Design, I owned a store called Dwelling in Tacoma. Dwelling was a special place for me. I loved creating a space where I could share with the community my inspiration,...
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A personal tid bit... I have a boyfriend.  It's a little akward to say because I'm 51 years old, and I was married over 20 years, but I do... My crush was sealed when I went to his house for the first time, and in the garage was a sewing machine! The clincher was when I realized he uses it and uses it beautifully.  I like to rescue stuff, match make, repair and nurture things. My business is a cycle of cleaning, buffing, repairing and finding a new home for authentic, practical, beautiful items. Recently I found this sweet dress.  On closer inspection, I realized it had a tear, and was missing a ribbon waist tie.  I took it home ad was sure this dress was destined for my closet, because I don't usually sell the patched items.  However, as I was patching this beautiful soft French cotton dress with the...
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    The tag line and buying criteria for Cowgirl Cash has always been, authentic, practical, beautiful.  It's been an easy way to keep my business focused and centered.  I also find myself applying that criteria to my life. Authentic living in the West. Raising babies in a community focused on beauty and nature. Making practical choices about dressing warm, eating healthy food, and making a living in this beautiful part of the world.  I'm returning to my seven day a week schedule in early May with a new look at Cowgirl Cash and a new partner in the shop.  Dont be alarmed when you see paper on the windows at Cowgirl Cash in mid-April. Just come back in early May to see two women, combining their businesses to create a Fresh Western Lifestyle Store. Cowgirl Cash, together with Suzanne Molt and her business Arrange.    We all move to...
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I sent my baby to the first day of school today for the last time.  That may be dramatic, but maybe not.  Teddy started his senior year today.  it is also Clydes 13th birthday.  Clyde.  My bff, my therapy dog and shop dog.  My first dog, maybe my only dog.  He gets my slippers, brings me the paper, and loves me the most.  The beginning of the end?  The end of raising babies and puppies, of big family houses, and growing things, like businesses and college saving plans and playrooms. I'm positive about the future, but today I'm sentimental and grateful. I have more time to love 'em up.   ...
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I have some of my best brainstorms when I'm hiking or running... solo.  My latest was "Swingdance Sundays". I went to work and went to my favorite downtown neighbor and friend, David at Crows Feet Commons.  David is a big out of the box thinker and isn't afraid to tackle much. I went immediately to his shop and pitched my idea... Swingdance Sundays! We'll hold it in the Mirror Pond plaza.  I'll find the instructor, you provide the poster and the sound system.  Done. I called a kid named Josh that I had met in the store.  He and and his girlfriend told me that they did Western Swingdance.  I asked if he would be willing to teach, and he said yes.  Months, literally months later I dug up his number and he said "yes", he and his now wife would be willing to teach.   My personal motive for taking...
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  Cheers to 7 years in Downtown Bend! This is the time of year I reflect, slow down, and bundle up so I can keep playing outside.  Colder weather and fewer visitors is a great time to get on our trails. It's also the right time to transition to Winter Hours. Halloween is Cowgirl Cash's 7th birthday in Downtown Bend. It's an easy date to remember because my tagline for my opening day was "it's scary opening a retail store in the middle of a recession."  It's still slightly scary running a retail business in downtown Bend, but I'm getting the hang of it. Cowgirl Cash has found it's place and it's people. In general, I think my customer really thinks about where their dollar is spent.  They want value, they want quality, they want to keep their money local, they like handmade, and second hand because they care about the...
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