First Look: An Instagram Tour Of Temescal Shop Mind's Eye

We weren’t kidding when we told you Oakland’s hot Temescal ‘hood was brewing with new, must-peep additions. We've been particularly eager to sneak a peek inside vintage-slinging spot Mind’s Eye, so we recently wandered over and poked around. And let’s just say we were beyond impressed with the dreamy wares and so-cute space.
Owners Maya Messoriano and Sarah Rainey (who met working at Down at Lulu’s) pull pretty pieces ranging from cool Pendleton tops to dainty, lace cover-ups to form a lovely, put-together vintage assembly. And we’re feeling the theme of Americana throughout the quaint spot. Oh, and just wait until you peep the hand-beaded lighter covers — too much. Check out our Q&A with the owners, flip through our Instagram tour, and be sure to get over to see it for yourself, stat.
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Tell us a bit about the shop.
"We offer a curated collection of vintage for men and women in beautiful Oakland, California. In addition to our constantly changing finds, on the first Friday of each month, we debut two mini-collections during the Temescal Art Walk. These collections can be previewed by following us online. Next month is beer and baseball!"

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We love these cool, beaded lighter covers. What's the deal with them?
Sarah: "They are one of a kind and hand-beaded by me. They also can be worn as necklaces. I take custom orders."

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A bold, gold glitter cap — and other vintage goodies.

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What were you guys doing before you opened up Mind's Eye?
Maya: "We were both part of the Down at Lulu's vintage co-op in Oakland. We also sold together monthly at the Alameda Point Antiques Fair."

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A slew of pretty jewels.

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Why did you choose Temescal Alley?
Sarah: "We love the creative spirit of the alley. The small size of the space fosters a community of like-minded independent businesses."

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What's the biggest challenge in selling vintage?
Sarah: "Choosing relevant, fashion-forward clothes."

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What do you love about it?
Maya: "When a special piece finds a special home."

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We have our eyes on these babies.

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What's your favorite vintage piece that you've ever owned?
Sarah: "An old T-shirt I dug up in the garden. It's completely threadbare, transparent, and still has a few roots growing through it. I wore it to our opening."

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When you aren't holding down the fort at Mind's Eye, where can we find you?
"In the wind."

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