Thursday, August 4, 2011

Go Local: Rare Bird

I had the good fortune to sneak a visit to Rare Bird the other evening, while my husband was at the comic book store.  It is now my favorite indie shop in Oakland. That's saying a lot—we have many good places to choose from, but Rare Bird has found that illusive balance of on-trend clothing and accessories, rotating artwork, varied and well-curated gift items, plus their ace in the hole: a well-edited and affordable vintage section.

In other words: it's the holy grail.


(Photo courtesy of Rare Bird)


There's an amazing collection of jewelry, all by independent makers. The showcased artwork was pretty fantastic.  Each month, the shop's owner, Erica Skone-Rees, hosts a party celebrating an artist and a designer.  This keeps the focus local and also showcases new artists and designers.


(Photo courtesy of Rare Bird)

I found myself without my camera, so I'm borrowing some photos from their site to give you an idea.  Erica is a jewelry designer herself, and it's clear how much thought she puts into design and curation.  The shop is very well-edited.  I could have browsed for much longer. 

In the end, I bought a piece of art and some fantastic vintage earrings.  I'll definitely be back for more.  With a constantly rotating collection, there's every reason to make repeat trips, plus I think I saw a floral shift that was calling my name.

Do check out Rare Bird if you're in Oakland.


(Photo courtesy of Rare Bird)

2 comments:

  1. I love Rare Bird! Now I have to go in there again to check everything out, even though all my money is going to the ponies now. Ah well.

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  2. Yay! Shopping trip Elka? I'm sure we could find one or two treasures that won't bust your budget.

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