Friday, February 8, 2008

Buy Curious: Returns!

Fri, Feb 8, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Your weekly dose of East Bay style, news, sales, events, and more, delivered to the EBX's news blog, 92510, every Friday. Check it out, after the jump!

White Elephant Sale
Ho. Lee. Cow. If you happened to make it to the Oakland Museum's annual White Elephant Preview Sale a couple weekends ago, you know that East Bay thrift seekers mean business! In the women's department, gals of all ages were practically throwing elbows getting to those vintage coats, cashmere sweaters, and dresses. By the time I arrived (a full half-hour after opening), it appeared most of the good stuff had been swiped. No modesty here: ladies were throwing off their garments in the aisles trying stuff on (wisely, in fact, since the scene in the communal dressing room was outta hand). Not much difference in the men's section, by the way, where a 1960s flannel shirt accidentally set down was like throwing a chicken to the piranhas. Okay, it wasn't really that bad. But seriously, when the public sale happens in a few weeks (March 1 & 2), I'm wearing a dress and slip-on shoes for easy access. No flashing thongs, please!

P.S. Love how the ladies of the WES went to great lengths to bill this year's event as "green," (you know, since it's all about recycling): green font on their press materials, a recycling logo, multiple mentions of the word "GREEN." We get it, we dig it: guilt-free shopping.

When: Sat. & Sun. March 1 & 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: White Elephant Warehouse, 333 Lancaster St., Oakland

Hush Blowout Sale
Walnut Creek boutique Hush just moved to their San Francisco digs a few months ago, but they're already packing up and moving on. Take advantage of their humongous storewide 75 percent off (!) sale, which starts tomorrow.
When: Sat., Feb. 9-Feb. 17
Where: 1878 Union St., San Francisco

Massive Sale: Tobi.com
Tobi.com, the online retailer of SF boutique Azalea , is having a huge sale - up to 75 percent off! Even coveted Mike & Chris is marked down, too. Yippee!

Swanky Purse Party
The words "swanky" and "purse" together sound like a good excuse to get drunk and spend money. The promoters of this event promise it'll be an afternoon of "fashion, jewelry, refreshments, and a movie" (The Devil Wears Prada). In addition to more than 500 pursues and jewelry, "designer clothing" will be 50 percent off retail, and they'll supply complimentary desserts and drinks. Sounds too good to be true. When: Sat. & Sun., Feb. 9 & 10, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Tessera, 1225A 7th St., Oakland
Tickets: $10. Buy here.

Mark Your Calendars
Valentine Trunk Show at Azalea Boutique
When: Sat., Feb. 23, noon-6 p.m.
Where: Azalea, 411 Hayes St. @ Gough St., San Francisco

Looking for a Bargain?
If you can't wait for the upcoming White Elephant Sale, check out this 2006 EBX article on the best thrift shopping in the East Bay, courtesy of Stefanie Kalem.

More Sales Online
Online retailers are officially clearing their racks for spring. That means huge savings on last season's goods. Here's a sampling of the best online sales:
Net-a-Porter
Shopbop
Bloomingdales
S Sense
Revolve Clothing

Cool Site of the Week
Eco-friendly home goods at Branch Home.

Got a tip for Buy Curious? Store opening? Sale? Send it to buycurious[at]eastbayexpress.com

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