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Monday, July 15, 2013

Classifinds: Shopping for Clothing with a Story

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

You never know what you'll find on Craigslist, but each week we'll dive into the endless listings of classified ads to uncover the best, the worst, and the weirdest that fellow San Franciscans are selling, missing, or wanting.

Traversing the endless aisles of Bay Area thrift stores you never know what you'll find. Size 14 four-inch platforms? Not as uncommon as one would think. A vintage never-been-worn dress straight off the "Brady Bunch" set -- it's a possibility. But the stories behind these thrift stories pieces are never revealed, lost to a day when someone set up a box to throw unwanted items into. But on Craigslist, you can always find out the story behind the used underwear for sale.

No prima ballerinas here

Unless one of the very few who stuck it out with the afternoon activity Mom forced you to do (were piano lessons that bad?) we've all had that two-month stint of being the next prodigy in basketball/painting/skateboarding/playing the clarinet (hello Kenny G!) until we realized we sucked at it and threw the item into the hallway closet with the other sports and musical gear of our past passions. So with that, the fact these tiny dancers stuck it out for three months is pretty good in our book.

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Fake fur for desert fun

The thing is, if you buy one of these outfits for Burning Man you'll likely match at least 50 other people on the playa. These scandalous furry-caveman inspired outfits will at least keep your calves warm on those chilly desert nights.

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Couture sarong pants

While we don't see too many people wearing sarongs outside of the Hawaiian-island chain or a 50-foot radius of a hotel swimming pool, there must be a market for it, at least according to this seller. These are one of the few pairs of what would have been a sarong pant empire -- had that factory in the Philippines not burned down.

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Wig for partying

This photo must have been taken on the lone day she wore the Rapunzel wig. She looks like she was having a great time and it caught the attention of the man in the bedazzled belt and bejeweled necklaces. Do you think he knew it was a wig?

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Used underwear

We're not sure who buys used underwear (except a bunch of pervs!), and $50 seems pretty steep. We're guessing this jilted lover will never see her again now that her unmentionables are for sale on the internet. We're starting to get the picture of why she broke up with him.

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