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Each of the shelves at Esqueleto is packed with curios such as this glazed porcelain skull replete with a gold tooth by MQuan ($450)
In the market for some megalodon teeth? Esqueleto carries a selection of fossilized chompers from this prehistoric relative of the great white shark ($35 to $450).
From the current art exhibit at Esqueleto: Llewelynn Fletcher's slightly spooky sculptures of animals crafted out of industrial felt ($1,500).
Walrus's crafty owners, Wendy and Camille, upcycle wine corks into various decor, such as this sweet cork board.
Crimson Horticultural Rarities owners Allison Futeral and Lonna Lopez carry unique vessels for their California-grown greenery, like handmade clay pots from Object & Totem.
Apothecary matchstick bottles and fire-starter kits by Jen Pearson at Crimson Horticultural Rarities.
A community of amazing-thing-makers (that?s a super-technical term) has been growing for some time over in Oakland--more specifically, in the up-and-coming shopping strip that is Temescal Alley. Here, three of our favorite stores and the gems you?ll discover there:
Esqueleto As soon as you step foot inside jewelry designer Lauren Wolf?s shop, you?re transported into her dreamy, desert-esque world. In addition to selling her own edgy brand of baubles, Wolf fills the sleek space with an eclectic mix of new (Job & Boss hand-dipped totes) and ancient (fossilized megalodon teeth). 482A 49th St., between Clark St. and Telegraph Ave.
Walrus The Etsy-schooled owners of this homespun brick-and-mortar are crafty, all right. They repurpose furniture sourced from flea markets and yard sales, using samples of designer fabrics and rich chalk paint to transform old pieces into one-of-a-kind decor. Darling accoutrements, such as whale-shaped pillows and wine-cork trivets, round out their quirky collection of goods. 470G 49th St.
Crimson Horticultural Rarities There?s a Victorian gothic vibe in this plant emporium filled to the brim with succulents, terrariums and unusual flora such as black anthurium. An assortment of other curiosities--taxidermy shadow boxes, apothecary bottles, botanical paintings--lines the shelves and walls. 470A 49th St.
Pop into Doughnut Dolly for a sugary pick-me-up when your blood sugar inevitably drops post-shopping. 482B 49th St.
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