outfit of the day, thrift town, and awesome postcards

ootd red & black catholic schoolgirlI hesitate to title this “Catholic schoolgirl”, because I don’t mean it in a skeevy way… but most people’s minds will go there. It’s just because of the socks and the rosary. And the hair, a little bit; but I just wore it that way because it’s going to be a warm day.

Anyway, the socks are from Sock Dreams (I have the same pattern in khaki, brown, and olive), and everything else I already owned. I bought the rosary on my most recent trip to Louisiana. The beads are shaped like hearts, which I found awesomely cheesy, like something a teenaged girl would own. Hence: Catholic schoolgirl. The center is the heart crowned with flame and circled with thorns, which is probably my single favorite Catholic imagery (and why I squealed like a little girl when I found those Hearts on Fire socks at Sock Dreams).

thrift town pinsI had planned to go to a thrift store and look for more gaudy pins this weekend. I was going to go to a store down Mission Blvd. in Hayward called Generations that I remembered as fairly awesome; but then realized it had been a few years and I should make sure it was still actually there first. Googling turned up some Yelp reviews, so it’s definately still around (although it’s been re-named Eco Thrift)… but they were all bad. Ultra shoddy merchandise, unorganized, dirty store, etc.

But a lot of the reviews favorably mentioned a thrift store called Thrift Town, which is in Fremont! It’s fairly hard to get to from my side of town — I had to take 3 buses, although they line up well, provided none of them are LATE.

But it’s totally, TOTALLY worth it. It’s like a thrift store you’d find in Berkeley or San Francisco. The merchandise is good quality, and they have all kinds of stuff — clothes, dishes, electrical items, linens, TONS of shoes and purses.

And it’s not in some dirty, dim warehouse that smells like mouse pee. It’s a nice air-conditioned building (I think it used to be a supermarket), and it’s organized like a department store: everything racked by size, seperated into men’s or women’s or housewares, etc. Seperate racks for blouses, skirts, jeans, etc.

It wasn’t as junky as a charity shop, which means the prices aren’t dirt cheap. It’s a business, so these pins were 4 whole dollars each! And I had one of those clamshell jewelry boxes when I was a kid, so when I came across it I just had to get it. It was only 49 cents. This one is pretty big, about the size of my palm.

I was on a budget, but I’m for sure going to go back when I have more money to spend. They even have plus sizes! Seems like fat people almost never donate/sell their clothes.

I ordered this postcard set of Mark Ryden’s Tree Show weeks ago, but it was backordered. Probably because BoingBoing mentioned it, so Amazon got a bunch of orders all at once. I’d pretty much forgotten about it, but came home from thrifting to find it on my doorstep. There are about half of them I want to keep, but the other half I’m willing to give away. So if you want a Mark Ryden postcard, email me your address at sarah [dot] kg [at] gmail [dot] com.

outfit of the day: blue & black blossoms

ootd blue and black blossoms

Sorry about the cheesy pose. I took a second one where I had my head at a more normal angle, but it was blurry.

Blue and black was my favorite color combo when I was a tween (although we didn’t use that word back then). Then for a long time I hated it, I think because it screamed REAGAN ERA! to me. But recently I’ve started to enjoy them together again.

The socks are from Sock Dreams ($7), the shoes from Target ($14.99), and the tie from Daiso ($3). You can’t see it in the photo, but the tie has lighter blue polka dots. It’s actually the same deep blue as my shoes, but photographed kind of purple for some reason.