Friday, November 25, 2005

Shop Like Trey

I heard an amusing story yesterday. There is a cool, although expensive, store in Montpelier called Artisans Hand Craft Gallery. The store is a partnership among a bunch of local artists to sell their crafts through a downtown shop. The place is packed with everything from pottery to unframed photos to hats to jewelry to forged iron work (and on and on).

Well, apparently, last year around Christmas time, a scraggly haired guy in tattered and worn clothing came in with his shopping list. He proceeded to go right down his list, picking out different items and giving the staff at Artisans Hand the addresses where to ship the items. As his bill grew and grew, a concerned employee went into the back of the store to alert the other employees that "there was some guy in shaggy clothing spending thousands of dollars in the store". The other employees quickly peaked out into the store to see what was going on. It was then that someone finally identified the guy as Trey Anastasio.

They said he liked the stuff in the store so much that he just plowed through his whole list. One stop shopping and good support of local artists.

1 comment:

Nico said...

I've heard similar stories of shopping by musicians that are famous and wealthy, but not household name level famous.

My favorite was about Maynard Keenan of Tool wine shopping in Australia. They said he was buying thousands of dollars worth and then he whips out an American Express black card (which apparently only the truly wealthy can get) and the store had to call Amex to see if such cards were actually real.