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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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

Rooftop Patriotism

Photography by Caitlin McCarrick

Standing on the roof of my soon-to-be apartment on a beautiful day in San Francisco, I looked out over the seemingly silent city and felt overwhelming gratitude. This city, so rich in history, culture, architecture, character,  and so many other things, is going to be my home. Continue reading

Second Hand Challenge is MOVING!

Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention? I’ve just been handed an urgent and awesome news story. I need all of you to stop what you’re doing, and listen (if you know what movie this is from then I love you). As of August 1, Second Hand Challenge will have a new home. I am moving to SAN FRANCISCO! Continue reading

Looking for Treasure: Long Beach Antique Market

Long Beach: the largest port on the West Coast, home to the Queen Mary and the first ever Miss Universe pageant, and former home to musical legends Sublime, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G. It’s culturally and demographically diverse , with a whole lot of personality and character, making it the perfect spot for one of the southland’s best flea markets, the Long Beach Antique Market. Continue reading

Previous finds

To get myself excited for my year of second handing, I’m posting some of my favorite found pieces from flea markets, vintage, consignment and thrift stores.

Top image: vintage dress from Melrose Trading Post and belt from Wasteland in San Francisco

Bottom image: Christian Louboutins from Crossroads in Pacific Heights, San Francisco