January 21, 2005

Your cheap attention please.

1. Whereas: there is more weird shit on sale for $3 around here than you can shake a stick at,
2. and Whereas: I want some of it,
3. and Whereas: you want some of it,
4. Therefore: you should come thrift shopping with me. Someone. Anyone, really.

I know four big thrift stores in Berkeley. I know two even bigger ones in San Francisco that I've never even been in (and if you know others, all the better). I have next Friday afternoon off and so help me, I'm spending some portion of it pawing through racks of clothing and trying things on. Join me! I'll model sequined things for your amusement. It'll be great.

This offer is also open indefinitely to persons located in the greater Monterey Bay area who were just talking about coming up here and going to Gottsi and whatnot. 'Cause, you know, cheap shit will still be there after Friday.

Posted by dianna at January 21, 2005 10:52 AM

i'm free next friday and i want clothes. i want clothes that don't require me to go to berkeley though. i'm willing to meet you anywhere in SF next friday. i'm willing to shop till i drop. or you drop. whichever comes first.

i know some thrift stores in SF. mostly they are on valencia by 18th.

Posted by: michele at January 21, 2005 11:01 AM

SF is good. SF is fantastic, especially since I'll be here anyway for the thing where I make money so I can spend it on cheap clothes.

I could walk to Valencia and 18th after work and meet you there. How does that sound?

Posted by: Dianna at January 21, 2005 11:08 AM

well, where are the thrift stores you know of though? eh, does it matter, i'll have my car. corner of 18th and valencia, next friday, i am there.


Posted by: michele at January 21, 2005 11:29 AM

The only ones I know are the giant Goodwill next to the 101 (don't ask me for further directions; this is me, for chrissake) and the Out of the Closet at Church and Duboce. I could spend a few quality minutes with the yellow pages and scout for further possibilities, since we have an entire week ahead of us here.

I get off work at 1. Depending on what I do for lunch, I could do any time from 1:30 to 2:30. What's your preference?

Posted by: Dianna at January 21, 2005 11:42 AM

mmmmm, 2 (or 2:30), more sleeping in time for me!

well, there are several on valencia between 16th and 22nd, i think. i went there once with Kim. there's clothes by the pound, which is excellent, for example. i know the giant goodwill on van ness. and the scary, smelly giant goodwill crap outlet around the corner from the main one on van ness.

let's research for more on the internet! i love clothes!

also, maybe we can get jason to go. i bet he needs more crap clothes that he won't wash before wearing. (oh, disgust).

Posted by: michele at January 21, 2005 11:46 AM


Posted by: michele at January 21, 2005 11:48 AM

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Posted by: michele at January 21, 2005 11:51 AM

Oh my god, yes! Thrift Town please! Clothes by the Pound also seems promising for no reason other than the name.

It sounds like a date. Or a menage-a-trois if we can convince Jason, which I think we should do even if he's not going to wash things. Ewwww.

Posted by: Dianna at January 21, 2005 11:56 AM

they put the clothes in a weighing machine and it's like $3 per pound or something. it's pretty brill, really.

thrift town's two floors do sound really good. and is very close to valencia and 18th.

excellent! date, date, date!

Posted by: michele at January 21, 2005 12:06 PM

Oh my god. I was really hoping that "by the pound" meant what I thought it did. It does! My predilection for strange heavy fabrics may get me in trouble there, but I have to experience the magic anyway.

Date! January 21! I'm so excited!

Posted by: Dianna at January 21, 2005 01:12 PM

what?! you mean the 28th, right?

Posted by: michele at January 21, 2005 01:43 PM

Sorry! Sorry! Yes! I do mean the 28th. I was going to add, "Why is it so far away?" I should have, because then it would have been clear that I meant next week and not this week.

Posted by: Dianna at January 21, 2005 02:17 PM

I'm coming!

Posted by: jason s at January 24, 2005 07:01 PM


Posted by: michele at January 24, 2005 07:43 PM

dude, as a denizen of the greater monterey bay area who has been talking about going up there to gottsi and whatnot, i want in on the next thrift extravaganza! one can never have enough $2 shirts!

Posted by: katie at January 25, 2005 12:45 PM


1. After this coming Extravaganza the First, my repertoire of thrift stores will be vastly expanded.

2. If you come up here and we go to Gottsi but then also go to thrift stores, the cheapness and expensiveness will even out and you won't have to feel guilty about doing something exorbitantly expensive at Gottsi.

3. If you can't find any double chocolate coffee toffee cookies near you, we can always stop by Whole Foods and pick some up for you to, well, probably eat in one sitting on the trip back down to Santa Cruz. It's okay, though. They're vegan, so they must be good for you.

Posted by: Dianna at January 25, 2005 01:16 PM

Cheapness tomorrow!

Meet you guys at 2:30 at 18/v?

Posted by: Dianna at January 27, 2005 12:00 PM

2:30, 18th/V, i am all over that corner.

Posted by: michele at January 27, 2005 12:21 PM

like jam on toast.

Posted by: michele at January 27, 2005 12:22 PM

like garfield on a fish counter.

Posted by: michele at January 27, 2005 12:23 PM

i'm there too. this page is now the 5th hit on google for clothes by the pound, by the way.

Posted by: didofoot at January 27, 2005 02:29 PM

Holy shit, it's an orgy of thrift! Can you believe that last week I was thinking of advertising on Craigslist for a thrift shopping buddy because I didn't think I knew anybody who wanted to be cheap with me?

This is gonna be great. I'm all over it like ectoplasm on that hotel ballroom in Ghostbusters.

Posted by: Dianna at January 27, 2005 03:09 PM

dianna, you silly chick'n flavored goose, i love thrift stores. i worship thrift stores. over half of my closet was purchased from thrift stores. i will always go to thrift stores. i replied less than 10 minutes after you posted this with my fervent declarations of yes, yes, yes.

Posted by: michele at January 27, 2005 03:26 PM

oy, if you put 'clothes by the pound' in quotation marks then it's number 1 on google!

Posted by: michele at January 27, 2005 03:27 PM

eeeegggggggg-cellent. soon we will take over the world.

Posted by: michele at January 27, 2005 03:28 PM

I am a silly chick'n flavored goose! Did you know that the word "smorgasbord" actually means "butter goose table"? It's a table full of butter and goose that you can combine in any way you like. Buttered goose, butter on two geese simultaneously, goose on butter, butter on goose with more butter added later, and so on.

Clothes by the pound clothes by the pound clothes by the pound. Ye GODS am I excited about this.

Posted by: Dianna at January 27, 2005 03:41 PM