Shop Talk: Swap-O-Rama-Rama in Oakland + Pier 1 SoMa Closing Sale

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If it's a fashionable way to spend, and happening in the Bay Area, we're talking about it on Shop Talk.


Admit it. You know you're not going to wear that sweater. It's okay, because you can take it to the "Swap-O-Rama-Rama" DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap at American Steel Studios in Oakland this Saturday, June 20, and trade it for something way cuter. The DIY workshop allows attendees to learn and share ways of repurposing items into clothing, home decor and that new thing you didn't know you needed.  //  Every third Saturday of the month, 1-4pm, 1960 Mandela Parkway (Oakland), meetup.com/Bay-Area-Swap-O-Rama-Rama

Pier 1, the place where you shop to grab inexpensive furniture and decor that sort of looks like you picked up on your exotic travels, is closing its SoMa location at the end of June. Everything is on sale, from 50 to 70 percent off, so stock up and tell houseguests you've just returned from India.  //  555 9th St., Ste 4 (SF), pier1.com

SF's Urban Air Market is heading to Berkeley on Saturday, June 20. Shop more than 100 vendors selling clothing, home decor, body products and more; listen to some music; and grab a bite at the "largest outdoor design festival in the country and the only independent fashion marketplace focused on sustainable design." The Earth will thank you.  //  11am to 6pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley), urbanairmarket.com

Half birthdays are not just for Christmas babies anymore. Viscera, a boutique that creates monochrome clothing and 3D-printed accessories, is celebrating six months in business with live music and free food and wine this Saturday, June 20, from 7 to 10pm. Dress according to the Half & Half theme—"You could be man/woman (we love androgyny), or ying/yang (woo balance)." The best outfit will win a $100 gift card.  //  1542 Broadway (Oakland), viscerastudio.com

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