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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sale Away

So I don't always love a sale. Often I feel like it's the remnants of a season past. It's not like the once-loved fabulous thrift store find that someone died to give up, it's more like the sad wallflower sitting, mismatched, in the corner of the already stressful department store (too many choices for this Libra). And it takes all this hunting to find, because usually no one who works there really cares about the sad left-behinds, it's not organized by size or brand or anything, and you have to do all this hunting, to still pay what is more than you're usually comfortable with. Not to mention the pressure of what my mom always called the "more you spend the more you save" mentality. Who can't resist that comparison of sale price to original price? However, must say that the recession changed all that. All sorts of shit went on sale when people simply stopped spending the money that maybe they didn't have anyways. My absolute favorite recession shopping vignette, poached from Page Six via Gawker (December 2008):

MARY-Kate Olsen has found the silver lining in the recession. A Page Six spy, who recently shared an elevator at Barneys with the diminutive actress, reports Olsen was excited about all the discounted merchandise for the taking. "It's really sad - the recession is everywhere. But at least they are having good sales," said Olsen, who pointed to her hat. "That's where I got this! The recession!" Olsen ogled a $410 menorah and pillows and throws for her bed, but didn't buy them.

Really, I guffaw when I read that. I flippin love that little troll doll.

All that being said, two of my absolute favorite shopping websites that you should be checking out anyways are having sales right now. Tobi ( is based out of San Francisco. They have great brands, and an excellent selection of womenswear and menswear. Shoes and all that shit. It's a go-to for me. Also Bird (, a shop based out of Brooklyn, is having a great sale. They have Philip Lim leather shift dresses (Michelle! That's for you! You would look amazing in it!) and everything. Last fall I got 2 pairs of high-heeled Swedish Hasbeens clogs from them - they were half off so it was like buying one pair, and who would know that they would blow up like they have? Me and Karl Lagerfeld, that's who.

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