Saturday, August 2, 2008

Katie T's Guide to Almost-Irvine Shopping: Part I

In case you didn't know, I (Katie) don't actually live in Irvine, but its neighboring city, Tustin. Back when "The Marketplace" was just the Tustin Marketplace, and before the Irvine Spectrum was around, Tustin was the hip place to go for shopping. But now Irvine's got all the hype, and Tustin is--what?--that town where Locke is from on Lost. Irvine even gets the stadium-style movie theater with the cool openings like The Dark Knight and WALL-E, while the Tustin theater gets...Space Chimps.

So take this as a caveat: don't believe the hype (about Irvine, not Batman--that was good). It's the quieter cities that have the most secrets. When you see someone well-dressed in Irvine, that doesn't necessarily mean they got their clothes there! Sure, Urban Outfitters and Forver 21 have their pluses, but variety is the spice of your wardrobe! So, without further ado, I bring you Katie T's Guide to Almost-Irvine Shopping: Part I.

As you have read, this post is inspired by the city of Tustin. The particular reason I am feeling the love for this city today is that this morning I spotted a sign in Tustin for an Estate Sale. Estate Sale and Garage sale signs are common sights on La Colina, especially on weekend mornings. So I followed the signs, which led to a house that is worthy of lengthy description but hey, you guys are here for the clothes. So here's what I got (click for larger):


Button-up Floral Patterned top by Unknown, $6
Suede Belt by Unknown ("Firenze"...Italy?), $5


High-Waisted Pleated Shorts by Ralph Lauren, $5

Chiffon Top by Unknown (This lady liked to cut off her tags!), $12

Silk Scarf by Oscar de la Renta, $3

Silk Scarf by California Things, $3

Moccasin Loafers by Mootsies Tootsies, $5

What a haul!