Downtown Northfield in 1915. Can you spot The Rare Pair’s current location?
Over the past couple of weeks, owner Krin Finger and I have been reorganizing the upstairs loft at The Rare Pair. The upstairs holds all of our mens shoes, Frye boots, and every single pair of UGGs, but also serves as Krin, Jill, and Beret’s office. It also boasts a corner that I like to think of as The Rare Pair Archives. Anyone who knows Krin knows that she has a knack for collecting things, but with the hope of creating more storage space, she enlisted me to help her sift through decades of documents, old ads, handmade sale signs, window display props, and more dust than you can even imagine. Amid the organized chaos, we came across a few historical gems, and I thought I’d share my favorites with you!
1. A thick shard of glass from the original Rare Pair front door. A lost and confused deer crashed through the glass in the mid-1990’s, so I found the shard of glass under a couple of deer figurines – tokens from customers and friends with a great sense of humor.
2. A small box of slides that show how the The Rare Pair has looked over the years. Krin and I held the slides in front of a light bulb to discover how merchandise was displayed before she owned the store, and how the space has evolved.
3. Materials used in the 1980’s and early 1990’s to create advertisements for The Rare Pair. Think tracing paper, think grid paper, think drawings – all done by hand. These days, it’s so easy to design ads with the help of a computer, and I think handcrafted advertisements are truly a lost art.
4. A t-shirt that reads: “Northfield, Minnesota. Canoe the Canyon.” 10 points to anyone who can spot the error.
5. The original Rare Pair sign that used to hang outside the store. It’s round and wooden, and features the old RP logo in green letters. We’d love to work it into a future window display!
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