Paris is free, Tahoe's scorched, hordes of people line up to drop $600 on the iPhone, but really, what could be more important than bargain shopping in the East Bay? This week, Buy Curious rounds up more fashion events, sample sales, and online discounts you won't want to pass up. Plus, we explore the joys of the crafters Amazon.com, Etsy, and the best local shopping sites have to offer (can you say "butt facial"?).
We're in Love with Etsy! This Brooklyn-based e-commerce site has been hailed by the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and countless other national publications as the crafters Amazon.com. Combining flawless design and easy-to-use features, Etsy, started in 2005, enables users to easily buy (by category, location, sellers, color, etc.), sell (clothes, art, houseware, jewelry, and much more), and even request/bid-to-make custom items (though it's currently under construction). Take a look at some of these fabulous goods currently featured on their homepage: Lungs Hoodie $80 Scandanavian folk art- zippered change purse $6.75 Fantasy - Sci-Fi Art Print - Pseudospring $12 If you're equally in love with this concept of the DIY marketplace, check out Elsewares & BuyOlympia Fashion Show at Drift Denim Love (raw, tailored, high-qual) denim? Check out this fashion show at this downtown Oakland hotspot Drift Denim. (That's owner Alfonso Dominguez posing in his store when we visited back in January). Carrying styles by Cassette, Kasil, J Brand, and Proportion of Blu, Drift promises to keep the music and champagne flowing. When: Sat., June 30, 7 p.m. Where: 815 Washington St., Oakland Sales Sales Sales **TWS Premium Denim Sale: 40 to 80 percent off jeans, tops, jackets, hoodies, sweaters, dresses, t-shirts, and more. When: VIP private sale on Sat., June 30th, $15 pre-sale or $25 at the door. Public sale on Sun., July 1st. Free admission with RSVP or $3 at the door. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., San Francisco ** Magnet Summer Sale: 30 percent off lines from Corey Lynn Calter, Trovata, Mint, Earnest Sewn, and more! When: Now! Store hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Where: 2508 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley ** A La Folie Summer Lingerie Sale: 35 to 75 percent off camisoles, bras, corsets, slips, and panties from Princess Tam Tam, Dessous by Sophie Simmons, Prima Donna, and more. When: Sun. July 1-July 31. Store hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. Where: 1816 Fourth St., Berkeley ** Deliciouz End of Season Sale: 50 percent off all summer styles When: Starting Fri. June 30 Where: 1506 N. Main St., Walnut Creek Summer Skin-Care Stock-Up Summer has officially arrived, which means it's a time to pay extra attention to saving your skin from the sun. And there's no better time than now, because online skin specialty shop SkinStore is having a 20 percent off sale, plus free domestic and international shipping. Check out products from Kinerase, MD Skincare, Peter Thomas Roth, Philosophy, and Prevage. Enter coupon code "SUMMER" at checkout. Offer good through 07/09/07. We Scour the Web So You Don't Have To: Here's what other local style/shopping bloggers are buzzing about: DailyCandy: Does your butt need a facial? You'll never know unless you try one at SF's SenSpa. Dressed: Musing on Drew Barrymore, Britney, Katie Holmes, surfwax candles, and mourning Liz Claiborne. OaklandGoods: Spotlight on Grand Ave. artisan shop Industrielle. TopButton: Lemon Twist shopping salon. ShopMyCloset: Shorts season! Pick up pintuck cuffed shorts for $12!