In case you didn't know this, SF is expensive. As in super, duper, crazy expensive. At the first of every month when Jay and I break out the checkbook (well, we're not pioneers... when we break open the laptop to electronically pay our bills, of course), we end up doing that psychotic half manic laugh/half blubbering sob right when we get to the rent. It's a doozy. As is most everything else around here: food, bars, drinks, gym memberships, Christmas trees that looks like GD branches, etc. Everything is just what you think it should be + add like 40% (plus the Oregonian in me is still getting used to sales tax after a lifetime of not having it). The upside is that companies obviously pay based on cost of living in order to attract talent so it is affordable with that installment. But when you know what the rest of the world costs, it's a little hard to not wince when you're charged almost $9 for a grab and go latte. That's still 9 dollars.
Having said that after my 10 months living here, I will say that the sidewalk sale I stumbled on two Saturdays ago was my favorite shopping experience here to date. And better yet, it was totally unexpected - I wasn't even tryin' to buy clothes. Normally I would maybe be bummed at myself for spending unexpected money but this was worth it. Oh, how it was worth it.
Do you remember when I posted on our favvvvvvorrritteeee restaurant/bar here? Marengo in Cow Hollow? And how we had spent the day there with Joel's little brother? That post here. Well I mentioned that after we ate brunch, we poked around the shops and perused different stores. I've mostly been on a home inspiration kick and not really into clothes so I wasn't planning on hitting up all the chic boutiques. That was until I saw a rack of dresses outside the loveliest little shop that displayed the best four words a girl can witness:
"$10 dollars or less."
(and I've been proposed to ...)
Like a Jack jolting out of his box, I sprang over to the rack of beautiful items shining in the sun. Since it was a final sale at the lowest prices of all time, I just grabbed whatever looked like it would fit (or at least kinda fit with a tailor in mind) as I became more and more seduced by the tables outside. Earrings for $2 or $1. Belts for $10. Suit jackets for $10. Hats for $12. Tops for $10. Necklaces for $3. As I scooped up item after item, I felt like I was fantasizing. I finally asked a worker just to validate that this was actually real life: "Why is this stuff marked down so much?" To which she casually replied: "Oh, we just have such a small store and no storage and the new stuff is coming in. So we need it out."
Welp, okay then. Happy I can help you guys do that. And here was the most high quality, cheapest haul I've ever experienced in my life:
^Like a true blogger loser, I hung it all up outside for this post.
^These dresses are not something I would spend a ton of money on as they're fun- but specific and not my dyed-in-the-wool taste. But I love them! And they were 10 each + 20% off so came out to around 8 bucks. Honestly, I'm scared that I robbed them.
^Belts and a hat that I then wore the rest of the day (seen here)
^A tuxedo jacket for the office, a cropped knit turtleneck
^3 sets of earrings and a necklace
^3 earrings + 1 necklace + 1 belt + 1 hat + 2 dresses + 1 suit jacket + 1 top = $58 & some change.
Speaking of loser bloggers, it was also customary thereafter that I modeled said items. I mean, that's just like the rules of feminism. I was not too far off of waking-up though so the sunglasses are doing a nice job of hiding tired face.
^The boutique is called Ambiance in Cow Hollow.
All in all, I really can't explain how nice it was to find such a fun deal down here of actual nice clothes. I think I'm still coming off that high. Looks like we have even more excuses to go down and visit Marengo :)