Friday, August 22, 2008

Buy Curious: On a Shopping Mission

Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Independence is in the air. The savvy shopper these days isn't just concerned with getting a bargain, but with supporting local independent designers. This weekend, take advantage of the independence boom by hitting up some big sales and street festivals going on. You'll take comfort in knowing not only that you're supporting a local designer, but also that you're getting something truly unique. All the details after the jump …

SHOP TALK

Mission Sidewalk Sale
Nine independent retailers (BellJar, Artist-Xchange, Sunhee Moon, Candystore Collective, Idol Vintage, Five and Diamond, Therapy, Monument, and Weston Wear) will join together this weekend for the Mission Sidewalk Sale. This one-day only event will feature a sliding-scale discount on regularly consigned inventory.
Purchases of:
$50 or more save 5 percent
$200 or more save 10 percent
$500 or more save 15 percent
$1000 or more save 20 percent
Don't miss it!
When: Saturday, Aug. 23

Rock Make Street Festival
Rock ‘n' roll and fashion have always naturally coexisted, and the organizers of the Rock Make Street festival bring that to fruition this weekend with a free street fair featuring local bands and dozens of DIY designers.
When: Sunday, August 24. 11 a.m.
Where: Treat Street, between 17th and 18th sts., San Francisco

Blue Dot Boutique Sale
Want even more bargains? Hit up the Blue Dot Boutique Sale, featuring "blowout bargains from the Bay Area's best boutiques." Find as much as 75 percent off brands including Diane Von Furstenberg, J Brand, Rebecca Taylor, Nanette Lepore, James Perse, Theory, T-Bags, Tracey Reese, and many more.
When: Aug. 23-24, 2008
Where: Fort Mason, Herbst Pavilion
How much it'll cost ya: Sat.: 10 a.m.-noon - $25 (VIP pre-shop), noon-5 p.m. - $15; Sun.: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. - $15

Attention Denim Whores
A new jeans boutique is celebrating its grand opening tomorrow in the Bay Street Mall. Jeanomix will feature "hand-picked" denim from top brands (i.e. True Religion, Rock & Republic, and Hudson) by its "fashion editors," who will also offer a "specialized fit service" (i.e., "Do these make my butt look big?"). Arrive early for complimentary gifts, drinks, prizes, music, etc.
When: Sat., Aug. 23, 1-4 p.m.
Where: 5659 Bay Street, Emeryville
Got a tip for Buy Curious? Store opening? Sale? Send it to buycurious [at] eastbayexpress [dot] com

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