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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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Even Western Vintage secondhand store owners need a little getaway... I learned about the TMB, The tour of Mount Blanc from a girlfriend about 4 years ago. It was one of those conversations that I couldn't get out of my head.  I started a little savings account, I bought the recommended tour book, and I waited for my turn to come. This "dream vacation" is actually a 106 mile hike around Mt. Blanc.  The trail takes you through France, Italy, and Switzerland. It involves a lot of elevation gain for the best views. I planned my trip from my little blue book.  I sent E-mails to refugios in the three different countries.  When I was told by many places that they were full, I asked them for suggestions of other places to stay.  It was all in French and broken English. When the time came to actually leave my family and...
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I'm a sucker for a fixer.  The price usually reels me in, the possibilities and the upside keep me interested.  I realize fixers are not for everyone.  Dependable contractors can be a challenge to find.  Time constraints, money constraints, and unforseen problems are part of the risk/ fun... The fixer I saw today has great features. 10 acres views (of the Cascade mountians) the perfect barn and horse pasture 2744 sq. ft.  All for $524,900 Did I mention it's a fixer? Let me know if you want to get inside.  22680 Crest View Lane. On the corner of Gosney. Rebecca Charlton, Broker, owner Cowgirl Properties. 541-815-8996   ...
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Independence Day had new meaning for me this year. As I worked in my yard this morning with the freedom to grow what I want in my garden, I pondered my ability to make intentional choices. I'm grateful to choose work that gives me freedom and allows me to be authentic to my beliefs. Even though my choices do not always lead me down an easy path, at least I own them. My decision to leave a 20 year marriage has also lead me to a new independence. Sometimes invigorating, sometimes scary, never boring.   On the second day of a new roommate moving in to help off-set my housing costs, his dog killed 1/3 of my chicken flock.  This roommate is a dear friend, and his dog is amazing and beautiful and.....big. I've been talking to my kids, about sharing our space, and expanding our ideas about family, and keeping...
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When I need to ground I head to the desert. Wide open sky. Clean air and desert sage smells.  And then there is the wild life. Antelope, mule deer, owls, hawks, cranes, coyotes, and foxes. (This is what I saw this past weekend.) I had other goals besides grounding. My friend with a cabin in the area had secret petroglyphs to share and we had dinner plans and business ideas to discuss at the Cowboy Dinner Tree in Silver Lake. My favorite accomodations as I head to the desert is my 1968 Aloha trailer towed behind a well travel Tahoe. Clyde and I headed out Saturday morning, and right before the "No Smoking" barn we spotted a scene of true Americana. A family of ranchers, branding, and vaccinating young calves.  I pulled over, grabbed my camera and started shooting. The light, the horses, the noisy cows, the cute kids and the...
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Lots of changes this Fall at my house. My daughter is leaving for the University of Oregon, my son just got his drivers license, and my husband is changing careers. What does that mean for Cowgirl Cash?  More time and energy for this Mama to spend making Cowgirl Cash the must see stop on every visitors list.  A place where you know you will find something rare, handmade, and reasonably priced. My buying criteria is...is it authentic? practical? beautiful?  Enough about the shop.  What should a visitor to Bend do and see? Other lists will send you to Elk Lake, Mt. Bachelor, the High Desert Museum and 10 Barrel.  This list is meant to get you outside of the box.  El Sancho: This restaurant is the inspiration for even writing a top 10 thing to do list in Bend at the end of the summer.  I want people to say "Cowgirl...
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It's a nice day at your Western Vintage Boutique when a sixty year old woman comes in and says "would you like to look at some turquoise that belonged to my mother?"  That puts her mom at about 40 in 1975.  I also love it when they say "she lived in the Southwest".  This scenario went down this week at Cowgirl Cash.  I love opening the boxes, digging through ziploc bags, and untying velvet bags to see what will present itself.  It is however a touchy subject.  The mom's jewelry is sentimental, the owner is nostalgic and as much as I want to buy it all and make everyone happy, an agreement of a realistic price needs to be negotiated. The turquoise I purchased was a mixed lot.  Some was fantastic, some was not native and contained dyed stones.  I bought the pieces I thought worked for my store and my...
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At Cowgirl Cash we love the bright, happy, engaging, art that hangs from our walls. We feel fortunate to represent the artist Eli Halpin in our Western Vintage Boutique. When I first opened over six years ago in a little eastside location I had no idea what a sensation Eli Halpin would become.  I just knew I loved her paintings. Representing only Eli Halpin has defined the look and feel of my store.  Her paintings, though all different and completely unique, add a sense of cohesiveness to my otherwise onesy twosy second hand store. I love it when people walk in, and then eventually I see their eyes going from one painting to the next.  This happens with adults and children. Eli Halpin has a wonderful website that should be visited frequently because she consistantly adds new work and suprises.  This is what Cowgirl Cash offers right now. Remember, layaway is...
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It's Memorial Day.  I'm home after a full weekend of work, Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis, hiking to Doris Lake, camping in the trailer at Elk Lake, casting a fishing pole and paddling on an SUP. It's been a very nice summer kick off indeed.   However, this afternoon I started to think about Dwight.  You may know who I mean if you spend any time downtown Bend, OR.  Dwight was a homeless man who frequented Brooks St and downtown businesses. I heard him referred to as the old man hipster. He told me he had lived outside for four years.  I belived him. I found out this week that Dwight was found dead. The day before I heard the news I had mentioned to my husband that I was worried about Dwight.  He had been in the store a week before and had brought me two salted caramels from Goodies....
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Hello friends of Cowgirl Cash, We love these longer warmer days at Cowgirl Cash.  They remind us that Rodeo season and trail season is upon us. Whether we are on foot, bike, or horse it’s great to be out exploring Central Oregon! At Cowgirl Cash we kick off early summer by Sponsoring Bends Chicken Coop Tour. On May 9, from 10-4 you can tour 13 different chicken coops in the Bend area. Families open up their properties and hen houses and educate and share their love of raising chickens all day long. For $10 you can do the tour, see special places, and contribute to the High Desert Museum! Tickets available at Cowgirl Cash, Newport Market, and High Desert Ranch and Home. These longer warmer days also mean we transition to Summer hours. Beginning next week we are open.. Monday- Sat 11-6 and Sunday 11-4. Pa Fig, Hat Doctor is in...
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We had an extra special Christmas yesterday. I'm always a little sad we don't have family close to share holidays with, but we've found our own tradition in getting outside on Christmas Day. This year we rented, borrowed, and pieced together all of the gear we needed for a ski trip up Tumalo Mountain.  It was our families first foray into "back country skiing". We were gifted big mountain sunshine and a soft layer of powder over blue ice. We sweated and laughed our way to the top, fully aware that just across the street we could be riding a modern chair lift.  At the top, the Cascade mountains and the valley below rewarded us for our efforts. Another jolly Christmas ski group had opened a bottle of bubbly and we took it upon ourselves to share in their Chistmas gifts. Teddy and I did a heart racing, adrenaline surging drop...
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The Holidays. Unfortunately for me, this phrase can elevate my blood pressure. It's supposed to be a magic word for those of us in retail. But, I'm never quite prepared for how far behind I feel or how out of step. I'm not a big commercial shopper myself, and despite this, I feel pressure to keep up with a bigger,chainstore model of how to do Christmas. The pressure I feel watching tv commercials and hearing ads is not logical and well founded, but it's real stress that starts to creep in to my psyche. Over the past 5 years I've found ways to cope, and have come to terms with what works for me and my little business during "The Holidays" On Thanksgiving Day,  Luci and Scott and I were walking in the rain along the Deschutes river when we came upon a freshly fallen pine branch in our path.  This...
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I attempt to make a list of the Top 10 things to do in Bend twice a year.  Once in Summer and once right before Winter.  I have repeated a few spots on this list.  I wanted to add some funky eastside establishments that my family and I have been frequenting, but decided to stick with my original intent.  The goal is to produce a list that a visitor would would find useful, not too touristy, and a good value.  I also hope you find them authentic, practical, beautiful like number 10! I have never before placed Mt. Bachelor on my list.  I assume you are coming to go to Mt. B. However, your family may not ski.  Mt Bachelor is still a not-to-be-missed destination whatever time of year you visit Bend.  In winter you can take a snow shoe tour, let your dog run in an off leash area, cross country...
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Tonight I celebrate 5 years of Cowgirl Cash in downtown Bend. As I was running errands for tonights party I was reminiscing a little bit, and thinking about what I would do if I didn't buy and sell in a back alley Western Vintage secondhand shop. I came to the conclusion that I love what I do, and here are the top 10 reasons. My customers range from 4-84.  They are male and female, and they live in places ranging from NYC to Eastern Oregon ranches. When I pay my bills each month, a majority of the checks I write are directly  to artists, people I buy my treasures from, and business owners . No middleman, no distributor, no factory.   I get to bring Clyde to work. I get to set my own hours, and hire my own staff, and work with talented tradespeople that I consider co-workers. I get...
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Hello VIP’s of Cowgirl Cash. This Friday during First Friday Artwalk (Nov. 7) Cowgirl Cash is celebrating 5 years in downtown Bend! Please join the Charlton family and the crew at Cowgirl Cash during VIP hour from 6-7.  During this hour we will be doing samplings of Oregon Spirit Distillers Whiskey. We have CW Irwin Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Ottis Webber, Oregon’s first wheat whiskey. We also have some food to accompany the spirits and a raffle that will happen at 7pm. We’ve got lots of other great prizes that will be given out all night during our infamous Cowgirl Cakewalk until 9. Stop by anytime. Our artist Oaks Bottom Forge is not to be missed as well. Our raffle item is a bottle of a special release Rye Whiskey from Oregon Spirit Distillers, called Finn’s American Rye.  There were just over 200 bottles of this tasty whiskey produced. It is...
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Trying to get just the right shot to communicate the Lucky Lady Dress look and feel is a tough one.I don't claim to have any photo shoot or camera experiance. Having an on-line presence is important going into our slower months. It was fun hauling the 1968 Aloha downtown. The robins egg blue paint is working for me! ...
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Cowgirl Cash just wrapped up her fifth summer. We opened on Halloween in 2009.  I remember the grand opening "tag line" well....It's scary opening a retail store. We've expanded with-in our space. Our products have evolved, and Cowgirl Cash has found it's place in Bend's vibrant downtown scene. Summer is busy.  I scramble to find the boots I want to sell, the jewelry worthy of my customers, and vintage Western Apparel that is authentic, practical, and beautiful.  All while trying to spend good quality summer time with my quickly growing family and get my own mountain time in. Now that Fall is upon us and the tourist season is waning a bit, I can concentrate on my blog, my website, and an Etsy site. I would like to share the provenance of some pieces I find, and have my Lucky Lady dresses exposed to a wider world wide web of an...
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Really?  Swimming suits at a Western Vintage Boutique? Not just any swimming suits are being sold at Cowgirl Cash.  Popina. Retro suits made in Portland Oregon. And yes, these suits are fitting in quite nicely.  The retro dots, the sexy halters, the Marilyn-esque boy shorts, and the flirty swim skirts are finding their place nicely with the vintage boots and other made in Oregon products we've been selling since we opened 4 1/2 years ago. This is actually our 5th summer downtown, and with the loss of our local swimwear shop, I felt there was a need.  Here's some background on Popina and the owner, Pamela Levenson. Pamela Levenson grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and has worked in the garment industry for the past 20 years. This experience has provided her opportunities to work for Guess? Jeans in Los Angeles and Paris, as well as several large clothing companies in...
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