Marian Carcache: Cleaning turns up worthy finds

The best thing about Spring-cleaning is the memories it stirs up.

In the last couple of weeks, I have found a half-full bottle of Charlie perfume and one of my muslin blouses from East India Imports. Both discoveries time-traveled me back to the early 1970s when I still believed all my dreams would come true.

Since original Charlie is hard to come by, I allow myself to spray my vintage elixir only sparingly. A little research informed me that while new Charlie scents with names like Charlie Red, Charlie Blue, and Charlie Silver are readily available at drug and discount stores, the original scent now sells for around $50 a bottle. Back when I wore it as a teenager, that was certainly not the case. However, the magic it works is well worth its price. One whiff and I hear music in my head: Neil Diamond singing “Suzanne,” The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Do You Believe in Magic?”

I also did an Internet search for mirrored muslin blouses.  Apparently, they too have increased in price from the days when I could buy two and get the third free from a little store at Columbus Square mall.  Embroidered cotton from China is easy to find, but mirrored muslin from India: not so much.

So seasons change and time moves on. As Pete Seeger and the Book of Ecclesiastes remind us, “To everything there is a season.”  As for me and my house, I’m ushering in spring wearing original Charlie perfume and vintage muslin.

Marian Carcache  welcomes 

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