About Keep Salem Odd
Salem. It's not like other cities. It's not just about the history, though that is a continual source of fascination, or about the beauty of the architecture and the flowers and the sea. It's about the present and what a wonderful weird bunch of creative, talented, diverse, and spirited folk live here and make this place odd — in the best possible way!
I'm Annie and like my environment, I'm slightly eccentric. "Multi-passionate" the modern people call it. I've never quite known what I wanted to be when I grew up, except for just about every kind of artist and also part of a set of clever, creative people to work and play with and generally be kept on my toes by. We're talking William Morris and Company, The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, The Bloomsbury Group, Paris or Harlem in the 20s, The Bauhaus, the Mackintoshes, Merchant and Ivory, being in an awesome band in a supportive music scene… well, that sort of thing. (and not in a pretentious way.) But I'm kind of shy, so it's taken a while, and I've started a whole lot of projects on my own in the meantime.
Thus, Keep Salem Odd. Goods for the modern eccentric. A supportive environment for the perhaps ever-so-slightly extraordinary. A place I can share my various finds and projects and showcase the ridiculously fabulous enterprises of old friends and new ones I'm hoping to meet.
That's the idea. And this is just the beginning. I have about twenty zillion ideas I want to bring into this peculiar salon, but first I just need to, you know, launch the damn website. To start, there are five departments, or collections:
- Keep Salem Odd — Join the movement, show your Odd Salem pride!
- Elder Goth — essential goods for thusly inclined oldsters and their kin and beloveds
- Sea Squirrel Collection — the licorice all-sorts department, full of variety and surprises!
- Tiny Flying Goats Papers — antique books, ephemera and supplies for paper crafting, junk journaling and other such adventures
- Good for the Goose — vegan goodies and presents for our furry friends
Even though it's a store, rampant capitalism for its own sake isn't the point. This is a kind, just, supportive, accepting, ethical sort of place and I hope it brings you joy.
This is Sophia, who is actually in charge