Downtown at the Olympia Farmer’s Market, behind the cantaloupes and nestled between the pepper stand and balloon animal guy, sit two ladies under a slightly tattered green umbrella that has two signs attached to it that say “Palm Reader.”
“She’s the psychic and I’m the sidekick,” says Teresa Young about her and friend Amelia, who have been changing lives at the farmers market since 2003.
While Amelia sits in the shade with a client who has a little dog in her lap and a friend nearby with a tape recorder, Young signs me up for a reading, which will be a 40-minute wait.
Young says the typical wait is 10-20 minutes but can be upward of two hours. The reading costs $10 for 10 minutes, and $1/min thereafter.
I’m intrigued so I wait and check out some young ginkgo trees to pass the time. While I wait, three more people sign up.
The women often have repeat visitors, and they find the job rewarding.
“I like hearing people’s stories when they return, how the reading has affected their lives,” says Young.
It’s now my turn to turn up my palms.
Amelia is very easy to be around and gets straight to business. She tells me, amongst many other things about genetics and moon areas and relationships, that I am nerdy and intuitive.
And something’s telling me that sometime soon, you should watch Star Wars, and you should go see this lady.
Saturday and Sunday, (and the occasional Friday) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Amelia and Teresa will be happy to help. 700 Capitol Way North, Olympia.