Its a way of life.

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A big giant hello, second handers! Yes, I am still alive. I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to do a post in quite some time, but 2013 has gotten off to quite the start.  It’s been nothing short of cray, but whatever, I’m here now and damn it, I’m still second handing.

Since moving to San Francisco, my wardrobe has done quite the 180. Apparently winter exists and my prior Orange County staples of sundresses, tank tops and wedges have now transitioned to sweaters, boots and skinny jeans. Additionally, I have come to realize that a lot of things I own were great for a fashionable blog post, but in reality, they aren’t super wearable. After months of staring into my closet annoyed, I spent my President’s Day afternoon cleaning it out. I then promptly marched to the Fillmore St. Crossroads and off-loaded $150 worth of clothes. Continue reading

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A Year in Review

A year ago, I set out on an arduous journey. A self-proclaimed shopaholic with a penchant for stuff, I knew I had to do something about my spending and consumption habits. So I did what every other self-loathing person does on New Year’s Day: I vowed to make a change.

Not unlike the majority, I have never been one to remain committed to a New Year’s resolution, and a big part of me doubted I could stick to my second hand challenge. Though I don’t have a massive savings account to show for my year of second handing, I managed to stick to the entire year and learned a great deal in the process. Continue reading

These are a few of my favorite things

As I lay here in bed thinking back on these past 364 days, surrounded by second hand furniture, decor and clothing, I can’t help but feel pretty damn good about my 2012 New Year’s resolution. This challenge has been one of my proudest, most enjoyed projects that I have ever applied myself to.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting a review that sums up this crazy experiment, but before I do that, I want to share with you some of my most favorite purchases in this past year. So kick back, press play on this little ditty and let’s take a look at some bad ass  purchases from 2012: Continue reading

Merry Ugly Christmas!

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Christmas Flannel, complete with HO HO HO stitching & embroidered Santas
A steal at $2 at Buffalo Exchange (Fullerton) 

Even if you aren’t an avid second hander like myself, you’ve probably been to a thrift store once or twice to pick up the most cherished second hand item of all: the ugly sweater. So cliche and always out of style, these holiday staples make parties livelier, drunker and a whole hell of a lot more festive. Continue reading

Second Hand Gift Guide

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Happy holidays, second handers! I have missed you all in my blogging absence- but alas, I am back, just in time for the season. One of the things that drives me crazy about second hand shopping is the amount of time it takes, and in times like the holidays, I wish a mall full of thrift, vintage and antique stores existed five steps from my apartment. But thank God the online version is a reality- all hail the powers of Etsy! Continue reading

A change of season

Photography by Caitlin McCarrick

November is here, and fall is in full swing. The early fall weather in San Francisco is strange and beautiful; just when you think it’s getting cold, a warm, sunny day appears and makes things all better. The full change of season lurks around, threatening to strike at any time. His weapon of choice: rain. Continue reading

A past life


Photography by Caitlin McCarrick

One of the things that I love about wearing vintage is knowing that my clothes have had a prior life. I like to imagine scenarios for these pieces; for example, my 70’s maxi skirt/crop top outfit belonged to a bare-footed, long-haired blonde that wore daisies in a crown and listened to Jimi Hendrix. My pink linen pencil skirt was owned by a bouffant-bearing, shoulder pad wielding business lady that found time in her days for lunch dates and a nail appointments. Continue reading

Introducing: Caitlin McCarrick


All photos courtesy of Caitlin McCarrick

A wise doctor once said, “we are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” This exact situation is reality for my brother; four years ago he met a total weirdo and fell in love with her. My family, in turn, got an awesomely weird addition and we have him to thank. Continue reading

Second hand wish list

My love for vintage is definitely not a secret, you probably all know this by now. This year of second handing has made me even more obsessed, so much so that I’ve compiled quite the list of vintage greatness that I would happily accept as a gift from any one of you. My birthday is a little more than a month away (November 11, just in case you were wondering), so keep these things in mind.

Vintage desire number one: a badass Mercedes convertible like this early 80’s 380 SL.  Classic European cars exude a level of coolness and elegance that a modern vehicle could only hope to one day attain, and no one does it better than Mercedes. Though black would be my preference in color, this red beauty would do justttttt fine.

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Second hand haven: Vintage on Haight

Haight-Ashbury, so cliché, I know. And ya know what? I don’t care. This iconic area of the Upper Haight is the very fabric of San Francisco culture: it has rich history, distinctive architecture, art spilling out into the streets, foodie spots galor and an accepting, open-minded culture.

You know what else it has? So. much. VINTAGE. Continue reading