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Gerti at the Downtown Market

Gerti loved the jacket I bought from her today at the Downtown Market--it's just like one that she had in 1962, the year she left her village outside Munich to come to the US. 

The old styles are coming back, she says, and she should know. There's nowhere better in all the country to get gorgeous secondhand threads at madly affordable prices than Asheville's DTM. 

This week is, of course, the busiest in the year, with people cobbling together fabulous Halloween costumes from the miles of vintage lace, leather, sequins and silk.