You know the saying, 'birds of a feather flock together'.
Sande and I flocked.
She's a great travel partner, we're a lot alike. We both like to get up early and get going. No lolly-gagging or hanging around for us. We left the hotel on Saturday by 8:30 am. We would have left earlier, but none of the stores opened until 10, or so we thought.
First stop on the list for me was new shoes. I like shoes. Really like them. I have a lot of them. A lot. But I didn't need new shoes because I wanted new shoes, I needed new shoes because I needed them. Not need as in "I NEED those shoes". No, this need was more like "my feet are killing me from standing and walking all day in high heeled, pointy toed, cute, match my outfit shoes" I NEED new shoes. Are you with me?
Form vs. function is major for me when it comes to shoes.
Lets just say I didn't pack the most sensible shoes to wear do a lot of walking on our trip. heh.
So we stopped at Macys and bought shoes. Cute, comfy shoes. Apparently, those kind of shoes DO exist! (no comments on this one from the peanut gallery, Nick...) Form = function. I don't have too many of those. We ended up saving 33% each on our shoes by combining our purchase and using a coupon that the hotel gave us. I like shoes, I already told you that. I like a bargain even more than I like shoes. heh.
From there we headed to Lush. A very fun, FRAGRANT store specializing in handmade soaps, bath salts, etc. The walls had fun quotes all over them. Complete sensory overload for me in this store!
Then we were off to H&M. Someone described it to me as a fashionable Walmart without the groceries, housewares, garden hose, etc. More like the 'just clothes' version of Walmart. That hit the nail on the head. Some fun stuff, walked out with a couple of shopping bags. We had just enough bags at that point to give us a little bit of a workout as we climbed Powell street (the famous cable car street downtown) back to the Marriott on Post. A quick dump of the bags in our room and then we were off.
Sande and I made quite the driving team. Call me Mario, if you will. Sande was the navigator extraordinaire, aided by our trusty sidekick Maggie (aka Magellan, the GPS Neverlost system in our rental car. Thank GOODNESS for Maggie!).
Armed with our list of cleverly planned, well coordinated stops, we left the city and drove to Berkely to hit 'The Tail of the Yak', a store that Joan from Timeless Treasures had recommended. Another vintage shop, very unique and different from what we'd seen so far. Picked up a few items for scrapbooking at this one. Never did quite figure out how the name on this store came to be....
From there we headed back to the city - hit quite a few cool stores - Ooma, Swallow Tail, and one called Aria. A vintage store, one I found while searching on the internet. Very bizarre store, a mix of vintage along with antiques put together in some very different ways. A cool store to visit to look at, if nothing else.
We were quite productive this day - we must have hit at least 2 dozen different shops before we headed back to the hotel. We were driving for the most part. And if you know San Francisco, you know that parking is quite the challenge. So we played the parking meter game all day - gave ourselves just enough time to get in and get out of stores to beat the parking meter.
Wrapped up the day with a string of stores, starting with one called Paxton Gate. Woh. Another unusual store. VERY. Mostly taxidermy. Yes, that's right, taxidermy. It was recommended to us by one of the clerks in an earlier store that we visited. So, right about now you may be saying to yourself, "hmm. I didn't know Layle was interested in THAT.' Well, I'm not. And neither is Sande. At least not that I know of ;) We're still not sure what it was about us that day that made a store clerk think we'd be interested in dead stuffed animals. Another interesting store, none the less.
So I said Sande and I were alike. Birds, remember? It started to rain around 6, and that was our queue to call it a day. We both quickly agreed that the best thing to wrap up a full day of shopping was to go back to the hotel, get in our jammies, ring room service, and catch a pay-per-view movie. A little 'Devil Wears Prada' to round out a long, shopping fulfilling day 2.