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Holiday Giving: Hit the Road With One More SIlver Dollar

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I don't own the clothes I'm wearing. And the road goes on forever. And I got one more...silver dollar...but I'm not gonna let 'em ketch me, now, not gonna let 'um ketch the Midnight Rider.

The road goes on forever. My road today led to the Renegade Craft Fair at LA Historic Park in Los Angeles. My girl Deb and I snagged the Gold Line Light Rail and got out at Chinatown. Food trucks, Shock-Top Belgian White brewskis, doggies wearing plush antlers, mango gelatos, and more cutesy Etsy stuff than you can shake a stick at--

But the stand-out : SILVER DOLLAR LEATHER, www.silverdollarleather.com, the booth manned by the man his own self, Bobby Stapf, Los Angeles-based designer, leather-dude and all-around outlaw.

I'm growing out a shivva-sitting, badly advised, radically layered haircut from 2010, now integrating it all out into a desire for a woman-who-runs-with-the-wolves braid for my wise blood years. So I knew that SILVER DOLLAR LEATHER's ponytail minders were on my xmas list for this planned transformation.

This is the old-school design, circa mid-70s Laurel Canyon, with the leather holder and the stick or wooden pin which goes under the tail. Mr. Stapf explained that he had trouble finding the stick. Mr. Stapf's specialty is combining vintage coins with cured leather for a wild-riding, authentic American feel with more than a touch of road-tested rock and roll.

I bought two pony-clasps to support my future pony-tude: one, of black leather, displays the noble First Nations profile of a 1937 "Indian Head" nickel. A simple groove defines the edge of the clasp. The highly polished authentic period nickel is held in place with a simple bolt. The wooden stick which goes through the clasp is smoothly lathe-turned and lightly stained.

The other version I purchased is natural oil-tanned chocolate brown hide, identically stamped and grooved, displaying the proud American bison side of the nickel.

You can't beat the price ($13 each, for pieces with no stitching-- there are several variations), and these will outlast any ditsy piece of hardware at ULTA or other locales where China-made hair ornaments are sold.

I know that I will wear these when my long, white granny-braid touches my silver concha-belted waist. Perfect for a Harley ride to Sturgis or whatever the sixth decade of life brings. Check the goods at the next Renegade Fair and also silverdollarleather.etsy.com/, facebook.com/silverdollarleather. Made by hand in the good old USA.

I especially love that Mr. Bobby Stapf gives you a gift with purchase: your choice of one of two vintage-era, sepia-toned repro postcards: "The Fort Worth Five" including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or the only proven photo of William Henry McCarty, Jr. alias Billy The Kid. I got one of each--hey, I might need to send someone a postcard from the slam!

Ride wild, run free, and let that freak flag fly in 2014!

VICTORIA THOMAS

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