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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mustache wax, scarab beetles, and other stuff you should buy from your neighbors

Posted By on 08.18.11 at 11:13 AM

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EXT: TRAIN TRACKS — DAY Villain stands in front of damsel tied to railroad tracks, train oncoming. Music swells. VILLAIN (twirling mustache): I don't know what I'd do without Merle's Mustache Wax by Beefcake Handmade Grooming. Hahahaha!
$10, Broken Cherry Boutique, 1734 W. North, and other Chicago stores, cheesecakehandmadebeauty.com.

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Send your best regards with this love bug, a Scarab Beetle greeting card by Barbara Raidl of Kinaloon Papergoods. Never mind that the scarab is a dung beetle . . .
$16 for a set of six, Four-Sided, 5061 N. Clark, and other Chicago stores, etsy.com/people/kinaloon.


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These customizable hampers by Hoohobbers come in all different fabrics and trim colors and can be personalized with the embroidery of your choice of words. We recommend you simply label each side DIRTY.
$65 plus $12 for embroidery, Hoohobbers, 1657 N. Elston, hoohobbers.com.


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Remnants of the Royal Wedding hat craze? Puh-lease, Chicagoans have more fashion sense than that, as demonstrated by Chicagoan designer Agnes B. Miles who makes these Love, Lulu Mae hair clips.
$64, lovelulumae.com.


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You can't pin America's obsession with happy hour on all things negative. Get a handle on the good that came out of used EFFEN vodka with this junk-gone-trendy: assemblage necklaces made by Chicago's Melissa Kolbusz of [wired] jewelry. Kolbusz transforms recycled and surplus materials into sustainable art.
$65, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan, and other Chicago stores, wiredresistance.bigcartel.com.

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