the monthly punk garage sale at 3 Kings Tavern

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3 Kings Tavern is an interesting venue in its own right, source of some of the rowdier early-morning spillover into my block of residential Baker, but its singular highlight for me is the punk garage sale held every second Saturday (noon to 4 p.m.); it features hand-made, re-made and just-plain-used stuff of all sorts: clothing, art, music, skateboards ... some of the merchandise just works the stereotypes — you know, skulls and other dour stuff — but a lot of it is quite artful, clever, useful and/or worth buying

last month i bought a pile of great jazz CDs for $2 each, including obscure works by an old favorite, Abdullah Ibrahim (or if you don't want to deal with Flash ), and a well-knit wool scarf directly from the maker

i rarely drink "American beer", and i rarely drink in mid-afternoon, but splitting a glass of whatever-it-was and hanging for a while felt just right, and i also felt good buying from edgy entrepreneurs; bottoms up! and a fun, bottom-up way to boost the economy

the next punk garage sale is 14 March, 2009