photo by: Melinda Register

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Um.... Do you know Kimberly Bookman? We LOVE her! We've been exchanging clothes with her since we opened the store, more than three years ago, and she's OBSESSED with our funky selection of sunglasses. She's not just a fashionista - she's actually a closet (and ridiculously talented) painter/sculptor/dreamer..... which is our kind of girl.

These are what Kimberly call her "Devine Ideas".... After months of drooling over them, Kimberly arrived - last week - with a nice big selection for us to carry in Sid&Nancy.
Each piece is made of built-up acrylic (and false eyelashes) on tiny stretched canvasses and come equipped with a metal bracket for easy hanging.

Remember Shayna Simoneaux's "Paintings of Birdies" jewelry and accessories? Well, we've been selling her jewelry for quite a while now - but have expanded our inventory to stationary, rings, earrings and key chains - in addition to the necklaces and bracelets that we already had in stock.
Shayna's Birdies have made an explosion on the local, independent jewelry scene. You can read more about her and her paintings at The State.

We look forward to voting for our favorite restaurants, bars, shops and people every year. We have also had the privilege of winning Columbia's Best Alternative Clothing, in the past. Please grab a snack and click on the "Vote Now" button. Go ahead. Express yourself. And, if you don't really have an opinion on a certain category - you are certainly not obligated to answer every question. This is easy and fun and we hope we win your vote.

Have you seen this couple?
These are the missing parents of Sid&Nancy and we want them to come home. NOW....
They said they were going on vacation and would be back in 6 weeks - but it's already been WAY TOO LONG! We HAVE been stalking them, online, and you can too. Meet Ralph and Debbie.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Emergency Use Only

Every first-of-the-month, the girls of Sid&Nancy mark down items that have been in the store for more than 6 weeks. Usually, this only takes a couple hours to complete - but this week has been so busy - it wound up taking two days to finish all the markdowns. That said, if you've been lusting after a dress, shirt, pair of heels - whatever - check back into the store. You could be pleasantly surprised.

The girls like to tape important things to the wall behind their desk. There's something very "family-refrigerator" about this section of the store. We collect the usual items of interest/importance, such as pictures of babies... business cards.... high-sale receipts.... condoms... and THIS clipping from The State, bragging about Shiggy's Columbi-Yeah T-shirts, which are available here, at Sid & Nancy for $15 in various colors and sizes.

I know we talked a little bit about Half&Half, last week, but they brought us a new batch of prints and just had to share them with you. Because they rock....

The screen printing company usually works on commissioned designs and print tasks. Recently, however, they started doing something new. Their series, "Tuesday Prints" are small art prints that the designers work on, every Tuesday, to sort-of CLEANSE their creative pallets. For these projects, they don't have to worry about what a client demands of the design. They use this time to experiment with new inks, paper and - most importantly - design ideas. This is what we got from them, this week:

Three small prints, side-by-side, each done by a different Half&Half artist.
These and many other Tuesday Prints are sold at Sid&Nancy for only $12 a pop. The large band posters are $20.

Jennifer Miner is probably our most popular jewelry provider, so far. Years ago, the Liberty waitress started making these bottle-cap earrings and gifting them to her friends. Since she started, she has been selling these bad boys like hot-cakes at festivals all over the East Coast. I see a few people pick them up and say, "I can make something like this," but I'm here to tell ya - you probably wont do it with the finesse and polish that Miss Miner does. Her knowledge of high-quality jewelry construction combined with LOTS experience makes these earrings totally worth their $15 price tag.

Our favorite pair, right now, are these Frida-inspired skull earrings. Very cool.

Speaking of jewelry, Sid&Nancy just picked up two new lines. Vivian Leese is a Columbia resident who specializes in high-end bead and wire work jewelry. Lately, she has been providing a more affordable line of her earrings and necklaces that can be found in our store. We love her light, whimsical style that matches simplicity with detail.

Ashley is particularly taken with this gold-plate set, showcasing a pair of light blue matching goldfish, which are jointed and flexible, much like the larger jointed goldfish that you would find in China Town. The wiring is delicate and flaunts Vivian's talent for manipulating wire - which is more difficult than it even appears. This pair is priced at only $22 and the picture
could never do it justice.

Whitney Malson, who is a long-time customer and friend of Revente and Sid&Nancy just introduced her own line of leather cuffs, appropriately titled "BeCUFFS I Said So."
Courtney already picked one up, for herself, and wears it everyday. The leather straps are cut, by hand, and then tied to fit, with leather cord.

Once the knot is tied tight, there is really no need to remove it as showering helps soften the leather. They are available for men AND women, in various sizes, widths and colors. All of them are rightly priced at $16.