Category Archives: shopping

basement sale

it’s that time of the year! philadelphia’s most well-known designer boutique  is having their basement sale. the wednesday-saturday sale will be a great time where you can look, try on, and maybe even buy some high end, highly coveted items. the sale runs during their normal store hours, so be sure to set aside some time during your lunch break to stop by!

Joan Shepp: 1616 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103


petulia’s folly sale

hello world! i apologize (again) for the delays in between posts. sarah and i have a ton of excuses, but mostly it’s gotten very cold and dreary , which is a serious impediment to outdoor shopping. HOWEVER! one of the stores on my window shopping route by my office is changing their stock, and having a major sale that i thought i’d share with you all.

petulia’s folly is switching things up and as of tuesday, november 9 they will only be selling housewares and furniture. that means their well-edited collection of t by alexander wang, 3.1 phillip lim, and nicholas k is on sale. starting tomorrow (11/6) you can take an additional 20% off already reduced prices– either in store or online with code byebye20 at checkout. the original sale has been going on for some time, but with this new extra discount…

…go wild!

304050 sale at Sugarcube®!

Old City boutque, Sugarcube is having a special 3 day long 30/40/50 sale. The sale will run Today through Friday, July 30th. Make good use of the bargains (and the extended store hours) and get 30, 40 or 50% off of select seasonal inventory and vintage wares.

For more information about what’s on sale and how to get it into your closet, stop by the store. I’ll be there rifling through the APC and Steven Alan.

124 North Third St., Old City
10am – 8pm (today through Friday)
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Tank Top Talk ft. Print Liberation and Fresh Meltwater

Philadelphia is buzzing with summer fun. Soaking up rays in the parks, chugging margaritas, trips down the shore, block parties, back yard bbqs… All of which require less clothing than usual. Tank tops are a bit of a necessity in this heat so why not shop local and support Philadelphia based designers?

Here are a few of my favorites from Fresh Meltwater

and from Print Liberation‘s collab with artist Lizzy Janssen

Stay cool, everyone.

A Look Inside: Sugarcube

Many boutiques line the historic streets of Old City, but Sugarcube has truly found a way to stand out. Upon entering you’re most likely to be in awe of the warm and inviting vibes that stem directly from the layout and decor.

There is a mix of designer items and carefully chosen vintage to scour. As soon as you start browsing the merchandise you will automatically get a sense of what kind of people are hand picking the items, and who they are picking them for. There is a genuine thought process behind all of the stock choices. None of the garments are purely trendy pieces, but instead are a mix of current and classic contemporary styles.

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Philadelphia Independent Retail Week!

it has been a while!

this upcoming week (june 14-20) is independent retail week at boutiques throughout philadelphia.  created by nolcha, “a leading business platform for independent fashion designers and retailers”, this week is filled with contests, shopping events, and an umbrella drive (you donate old umbrellas that get recycled into ethical designs) at boutiques in center city, old city, and manayunk. i have a busy week in store but i hope that some readers will take advantage.

the main even that i’m looking forward to is the SA VA LOVE fashion show in love park on satruday 6/19 (6pm-8pm).  SA VA is known for it’s functional, sustainable collections designed by sarah van aken and the store carries other locally made apparel as well.  fashion shows are rare in this city, but a fashion show with a focus on fostering the sustainable econmy and culture of philadelphia is even more rare and i think, since it’s an outdoor event, attendance will raise awareness and draw attention to these elements of fashion.

goodie bags and shopping guides, and city maps can be picked up all week long at:

Sioux Zanne Messix, 54 ½ North 3rd Street
Joan Shepp, 1616 Walnut Street
Latitudes Gallery, 4325 Main Street

i will try to take pictures wherever i go and post a review of what i had a chance to see next weekend.  i think this is a great idea that should achieve the goal of however many “philadelphia fashion weeks” that we have: highlighting participants in the local fashion industry through trunk shows, contests, special events, and partnerships.  remember to support and attend as many events as possible so there will more of these!

visit for a full list of events

A Look Inside: Younglove’s

West Philly folks should be thrilled to have this new addition to their neighborhood. Younglove’s is a new(ish) store which is located at 5011 Baltimore Avenue.

Upon first entering Younglove’s you will be delighted by what you see. Guitars grace the walls, Vinyl lines many shelves and you’re surrounded by cute and affordable vintage clothing for men and women.

As if that isn’t enough.. you’ll also be greeted by the owner of this shop, Jeremiah.. or his girlfriend Corinne. Both are knowledgeable about the products they carry and you can tell a great deal of care goes into hand choosing all of the items they carry.

Even if you’re not into vintage clothes you’re bound to fall in love with some of the random bric-a-brac on hand. There are also accessories to sink your teeth into. Vintage sunglasses, optical glasses and jewelry.

Make sure to take a peak inside the back room of Younglove’s while you take a break from digging for fashion/music finds. They are currently featuring beautiful photographs by Molly Landergan.

Keep your eyes on Younglove’s blog for future events and new arrivals.

Younglove’s Vintage
5011 Baltimore Avenue, West Philadelphia
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