|Bossman presents: The Blob|
You'll find the Nucleus (also referred to as Bossman's Jewelry Blob) upstairs at Wolff's Flea Market Palatine in Bossman & Son's Booth. What is this mysterious mess that rises above the innocuous red skirted table? How and why could such a thing exist? Over the past 2 years I have occasionally visited this conglomeration and it seemed about time to take a closer look at its contents and followers. I spent a couple of weeks observing and talking to the variety of people who routinely gather around Bossman's Jewelry Table.
|Customers sift through Bossman's Jewelry Blob|
|Example of a "scraper" being used to navigate the Blob|
But what exactly is this Blob/Nucleus? According to wiktionary.org, "A Blob is a shapeless or amorphous mass; a vague shape or amount...a clump, group or collection that lacks definite shape." That sounds familiar!
The Blob consists of two equally mesmerizing parts of Bossman's Jewelry Table. It elicits a sense of urgency fueled by the possibility of a cool find. The main section is a tabletop entity measuring approximately 3' x 4' x 5" and consisting of loose brooches, necklaces, chains, bracelets, ribbons, stray earrings, cameos, single cufflinks, vintage buttons, watches, costume jewelry, vintage jewelry, unknown metal mysteries, broken bits and pieces and beads and baubles.
|Hilary closely inspects a bauble while Pam (background) encounters the Nucleus|
|Pam carefully extricates a necklace from the Nucleus|
Would you be brave enough to interact with the Nucleus? Pam determinedly dug in and extracted a sweet little necklace. Daughter Hilary stuck to the loose items and claimed, "The more you dig, the more you find." She said she was at this task for hours. "I think I'm done, then I find something else."
|Hilary and Pam prefer it messy and have been at this for hours|
Why are people attracted to the Blob? Craig says that "the bottom is the best part" and that he's "pulled all kinds of old ____ out of here". Dalia collects old jewelry and "puts it in a drawer" for her "son to sell when she is 70". Bossman described a customer who had a lot of stress in her personal life. "She visited the Blob for relaxation and therapy".
|The Blob, enhanced by ambient lighting|
|A nickel with holes, 3 cufflinks & a miniature brass duck|
|A cool find|
Oh yeah-did I mention that everything you find in the Blob costs only $1?
|Dionte of Bossman and Sons is not afraid of the Blob|