Buy Curious: Shopping for a Disaster


Blame our shopping illness: This morning's jolt (besides scaring the bejesus out of us) made us think of ... yes, shopping. Apparently, about 83 percent of Bay Area residents aren't prepared for a disaster, says the Red Cross. If you're one of those 83 percent (we're guilty), then there's no better time than now to stock up on items for your emergency kit. (Luckily, they make really cute hand-crank radios.) And after you've done your responsible deed, reward yourself by hitting up some can't-miss sales.

SHOP TALK Survival Kit Must-Haves Here's what you'll need: Three days supply of: One gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, flashlight, first aid kit, battery-operated radio. radio.jpg Multi-Purpose Etón Radio This smartly designed shortwave and AM/FM radio combines a flashlight, siren, and cell phone charger all in one. Best of all, the hand-crank powers it up, so you don't need batteries! ($50) Item_76.jpg Vintage-Style First Aid Kit Why get a boring, plastic first aid kit when you mend your wounds with vintage style? Includes all the necessary essentials. ($12.95) hand.jpg Fresh Wipes & Hand Sanitizer The key to roughing it is staying clean! Pick up some handy wipes ($4.95) and foaming hand sanitizer ($5.50)

Just In: Notify Jeans at Hush Walnut Creek boutique Hush now carries the sleek denim brand Notify Jeans. Look for a new Hush in San Francisco on Union Street opening this August. Where: 1354 N. Main St., Walnut Creek Sales Sales Sales **Samantha Lee Boutique Save 40 and 70 percent store-wide at Samantha Lee's semiannual sale, going on now. Check out items by by Morphine Generation, Milly, Wyeth, Tory Burch, and more. All items from sister store Sam next door are also on sale. Where: 1378 Main St., Walnut Creek, 925-938-7267 Store hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. **Personal Pizazz Save 40 to 50 percent on spring and summer items at this Berkeley boutique, featuring Tocca dresses and Ann Ferriday tops. Get 10 percent off extra when you mention Lucky Magazine. Where: 2842 Prince St., Berkeley, 510-420-0704 Store hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. **American Apparel Save 30 to 50 percent on blousy cotton tops and tanks that are perfect for layering. Where: 2301 Telegraph Ave. at Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-981-1641 Store hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sun., noon-7 p.m. And more! What to do with Garbage? Check out the Chronicle's new section on recycling, Green, including this column about shopping for recycled goods. We Scour the Web So You Don't Have To: Here's what other local style/shopping bloggers are buzzing about: DailyCandy: Oakland baker Trilly Nguyen's exotic Whiskie Bits Bakeshop. ( Dressed: Posh & Becks, Harry Potter, and celebrity fashion designers. ShopMyCloset: Electro Bird Pinafore Jumper Dress $22. Still on sale! TopButton: Ongoing sales. Every Friday, Buy Curious dishes on the hottest fashion trends, news, and sales in the East Bay and beyond. If you've got suggestions for shops or Web site to feature, comments on the blog, or a burning style question you'd like us to answer in our occasional column, Buy Clueless, send them our way! BuyCurious[at]EastBayExpress[dot]com