Buy Curious: Indulge Your Three-Day Weekend


Looks like that toxic smoky haze won't ruin your Fourth of July barbecue after all. After you've feasted on corn on the cob and watermelon, use the long weekend to get your closet in order: toss aside those tattered summer dresses from six years ago, the slacks you've worn once to a job interview, and those truly comfy shoes whose soles have worn down to nothing. Summer clearance sales are officially almost over, and believe it or not, fall is hitting the racks. While you ponder what you're gonna wear this fall, pick up some stylish summer bargains and make way for the new. Plus, a bikini and burlesque event for after the ‘cue. All revealed in this week's shopping column …


Online Summer Clearance Sales
Mega online boutique retailer ShopBop may veer a tad too close to LA (both style-wise and money-wise) for us Northern California types, but there are still some good deals to be had for those who're patient and persistent. The site marked down its summer merch again this week, with discounts as much as 70 percent, like this flat summer sandal (pictured) from Frye for $47.40 (orig. $158). While you're at it, head over to SF-based for more summer clearance items.

Iniam Summer Clearance
Stop in to Rockridge boutique Iniam for 30-50 percent off its summer racks (plus an additional 25 percent off already marked down denim). In tandem, WC shoe store Deliciouz is offering 25 percent off its collection (including Chie Mihara, Pedro Garcia, Repetto, Rachel Comey, and more). While you're at it, check out Iniam's new fall items.
When: Going on now
Where: 5902 College Ave., Oakland

Bikinis & Burlesque
The folks of Eternal Spring Productions are hosting a Fourth of July "Sky of Diamonds" event, which is described as "an independ-DANCE for FREEdom of mind and PEACE on this planet!" This will include video fireworks, a fashion show (bikinis), "tantric circus", burlesque, and DJs. (Not sure how the diamonds fit in, maybe cuz they're sparkly?) This show is produced by Anon Salon and Weapons of Ass Destruction. (No joke.)
When: Friday, July 4, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.
Where: Temple (540 Howard St., San Francisco)
How much: $15 "unbangled", $20 "spangled"

More Twenty Two Shoes Discounts
Man, these guys just don't let up! We feel obliged to share that Twenty Two Shoes is participating in Soles 4 Souls, which helps provide shoes to those in need. Starting today at 6 p.m. and lasting through the month of July, bring in a pair of gently worn shoes and get 50 percent off a new pair. Also, Twenty Two's web site now features shoes on sale.
Where: Twenty Two Shoes, 5856 College Ave., Oakland

Concord Sale
Through the month of August, take 25 percent off in-store or on-(web)site (enter the code "AUGLOCALBREAK"), courtesy of Lucky Magazine.
Where: 5438 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Ste. 40, Concord. Got a tip for Buy Curious? Store opening? Sale? Send it to buycurious [at] eastbayexpress [dot] com