I thought I had my entire week planned out, thanks to a letter from the court system inviting me to sit for a week of jury duty. But as it turned out, I was graciously thanked for showing up, but told my services would not be needed after all.
So what to do? I settled on a trip to a flea market in South Carolina that I’ve heard so much about, but have never had the chance to visit. It is held every Wednesday through the year, and it is too cold in winter and much too hot in summer, but as it turned out, yesterday was just right. I’ll tell more about the market later in the week.
I’m fairly familiar with the northwestern corner of South Carolina, so after the flea market I drove to a few antique and junk shops in the area. While driving down the road I did a double-take. High on a hill was a Jantzen sign.
Over the years, there have been many garment and textile companies in the South, but Jantzen was founded in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1910, the company originally made knit woolens, and by 1918, they were making wool knit bathing suits. The famous diving girl logo was added in 1920.
So how was it that I encountered a Jantzen facility in South Carolina? As it turns out, this is a distribution center. The Jantzen name and logo are now owned by Perry Ellis, International, and they still make bathing suits (but not in Portland, unfortunately).
The sign has neon lights, and I’d really love to see it at night. Is there anyone in the Clemson, SC area who can tell us if they light it?