Rose Bowl Recap

The flea market yesterday was a welcome distraction from life. At first, I realllly didn’t want to go but I knew I had to so I could find great vintage for Whurl’s holiday assortment.

I was actually pretty invigorated once I started shopping. It’s easy to forget how soothing colors and textures can be for your mind. I love that marabou cuff alongside the flower button. It’s all in the details with vintage!

img_4319How amazing are these vintage tree ornaments?! I’m seriously on the hunt for vintage christmas stuff, but these were a bit out of my price range.

img_4315This is one of my favorite booths to pass. Literally the best selection of color-coordinated kitchen kitsch. I have such admiration for the woman that runs this booth and how well she merchandises her booth every week.


I stopped by to visit Caitlin after a bit of shopping. Her booth always makes me happy. I can’t believe this amazing shirt she has?!


Literally the best flea market snack ever. Refreshing and revitalizing.


Rows and rows of perfect lil deadstock patches. I picked up a few for a project I’m working on.


This god damn mannequin head!! I’ve been searching for years for one at a decent price and they’re always insanely high OR not for sale! This one was the latter; just a display for a jewelry booth.


And here are a few pieces I picked up and will be posting this week! Comment below or DM me for a tag.

Helping how I can

IMG_4253.JPGStill trying to climb out of the post-election depressies. It’s like any healing process: one second you think you’re great and “recovered” and then something will remind you of your new reality and it will hit you like a ton of bricks all over again.

Anyway, one huge aspect of those lovely depressies I mentioned is I have had basically no interest in working or anything Whurl-related. I still love my business (duh) but I can’t but feel like nothing really mattersssss. It’s not like I didn’t feel like working but I DID feel like doing something else; nope I pretty much just wanted to cry and sit on the couch all day. I was brainstorming ways I can help those in need and landed on an answer that will not only do that but help motivate me (and hopefully you!) to sell more on Whurl this season and make a difference at the same time.

The fee I receive for every sale made on Whurl is 3% of the sale price. That’s a standard amount and on par with the likes of eBay and Etsy. When you sell on Whurl between now and 12/31/16, that entire fee will not go to me, it will go to NOW the National Organization for Women. NOW fights for abortion rights, greater access to reproductive health care and economic equality as well as combats against racism and bigotry in the LGBTQ community and works to end violence against women.

I hope this helps you (and me) to try to ramp back up on working on our livelihoods & hobbies with more vigor. If you haven’t already, download Whurl here.

What do we do now?


Well, I’m not sure if this is a blessing or a curse but here I am, with a blog I launched just days ago and swore to add content to as regularly as possible. I had no idea that I would feel like this soon after. The same way you feel: devastated, heartbroken, confused, angry and most of all terrified. One idea I always try to put into practice is focusing on today instead of future-tripping on tomorrow. Emphasis on the word try. Today that feels absolutely impossible but I’m trying. Below are a list of ways you can help right now if you want to. And if you’re reading this post I’m guessing you do.

Support for the next generation of nasty women

Step Up propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. Upcoming events here or donate here.

Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate here.

imMEDIAte Justice is a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for girls to share their stories. We connect girls from underserved communities with

hands‐on, girl‐driven media production taught by professional filmmakers. The result? Films that don’t just change the lives of girls, they change the world. Donate here.


Support for POC and immigrants

Showing Up For Racial Justice is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. Volunteer here and donate here.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here or learn about how you can volunteer as a Child Advocate in Chicago, New York, Houston, and Washington D.C. here.

The National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to fighting for the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and various other methods. Donate or learn how you can attend a local training here..

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)works to promote the civil rights of people of color and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and education. Donate and learn about ways to get involved here.

Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement. Find local events here.

Border Angels is an all-volunteer non-profit that advocates for immigration reform and social justice focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border. It offers educational and awareness programs and migrant outreach programs to San Diego County’s immigrant population. Donate here.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) is an advocacy and organizing group focusing on achieving human, civil, and labor rights for immigrants. Donate here.

Women’s Rights

She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here or anonymously ask a woman you know to run for office.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom. Click here to donate and here to volunteer.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs, like clinic escorting, on your local chapter’s page

Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate. Local chapters also list more extensive volunteer opportunities, so take a look at your specific chapter (here’s New York’s page) for more.

The Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is a network of 80 local, regional and national grassroots organizations and more than 500 individuals, as well as white women and male allies, who support our goal of improving the lives of women of color in the United States by advocating for Reproductive Justice. Their mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights. Donate here.

LGBTQ Rights

Volunteer with GLAAD if you believe in the power of the media to shape and direct popular opinion about LGBT people. Volunteer here

The Mazzoni Center offers healthcare services to LGBTQ population in Philadelphia, including trans clinical care services, walk-in HIV and STI testing, primary care, and addiction and recovery services. Donate here and find information about volunteer opportunities here.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides legal services specifically to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. Click here to donate, and click here for to volunteer.

Sexual Assault  & Domestic Violence survivors

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) advocates for victims and attempts to change policy surrounding domestic violence. Click here to donate.

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault lists a number of ongoing volunteer opportunities in childcare, community training, rape crisis counseling, and legal advocacy here.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE;; and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and click here to donate.

(many of these orgs were pulled from this list)

Kitch Quest

This weekend I spent a lot of time on the hunt for good ole fashion vintage gold. As per usual, I didn’t have anything specific in mind that I needed to find, just hunting for goodies. We found a cool estate sale (actually Aaron found it and gets all the credit) that looked to be primarily overrun with elephant and elvis-related items so we decided to go check it out. Holy moly, the house was stuffed to the gills with stuffed animals and figurines and really any weird doll or kitchen appliance you can imagine.

The photos don’t show how crazy it was! If you saw my snap story, you know! There was an actual “dumbo room” that was only dumbo toys!?


That’s what we came away with! Lots will be posted to Whurl soon and for sale. The next day I went to my favorite monthly flea market, Pasadena City College flea. Only came home with a couple things but still love to peruse.

I know, I know. You’re like “wait more elephants?!”. YUP! I saw this couple at the estate sale the day before scooping up the elephants and lo and behold, reselling at the flea market the following day. Ha!

Always remember to post on Whurl with what you’re searching for so we can keep our eyes peeled when we’re out hunting!


Office Makeover

Hi babes! I wanted to share the major transformation the office in my house has undergone. I’m really proud of how great it came out, especially considering a tight budget and not much prior design experience.


This is what the office looked like when we bought the house. Ummm…WHAT?! Bright red carpet? A tiny strand of track lighting?! And why is it so dark in here with so many god dang windows?! This room was actually added on in the 60’s (the house was built in 1928) and though the whole house has wood floors, this room is actually concrete under the carpet. What in the actual F! It took me a long time to brainstorm what I wanted to do with the concrete floors. I was really inspired by Lisa of lalafauxbois’ concrete floor and the paint job her and her husband did. It’s stunning! In the end though, I decided to do something a little easier for me that relied less on precision and more on spontaneity!

First things first, rip up that awful carpet! After doing just that, it felt like a whole new room. Next thing we did was paint the brick wall white to brighten up the room. That part took awhile since the brick is so porous and required quite a few layers in certain areas. Finally after that, we painted the ceiling and walls white, again to brighten it up. The floor was so ugly but we actually set it up the foldout couch in the midst of all of this because we had a visitor. Even with the awful floors, this was the first time I thought it looked like it belonged with us.

Step one was to paint the concrete lilac. I used a paint and primer in one mainly because I’m lazy and wanted to skip ahead to the fun stuff as quick as possible. I’m pretty sure we did two coats and immediately I was in love. I love how the lilac reflects onto the walls and ceilings and really brightens the place up.

I had this wild idea to confetti the floor. I did a little research and didn’t find anything that already existed like it so I just used bits and pieces of other DIYs and my own common sense. I also entered this knowing it was an experiment and it might not work out and if it did, it might not last. So far I’m thrilled with the results! We did a layer of this poly, and while it was wet, threw little clusters of this confetti in the air over it. Obviously, we did small portions at a time because it dries fast. 24 hours later we did a second layer of poly to seal it all in. A few of the confetti pieces came up through the poly but most stayed in place.

I loooove the way it turned out and looking back, it’s kind of crazy to see what it looked like just a few months ago. Hope you enjoyed this peek into my wild pastel world!

Whurl Gurls: Meet Marisol of @marisolmuro!


The best-dressed woman I know! I met her about a year ago at the first Whurl Summer Shop ‘N Pop and have been inspired by her style ever since. She even modeled in the Whurl Spring Lookbook this past March. Whenever we are lucky enough to get some of her closet pieces posted to Whurl, I am seriously giddy with joy!

  1. I drive a ’69 Mini Cooper
  2. Mommy of 2 cats & foster kitties
  3. A burger with fries is my favorite meal
  4. I live for Halloween
  5. I make really good chiles rellenos

Check out her wares for sale at @marisolmuro on Whurl!


Whurl Gurls: Meet Marisa of @allyhootvintage


This girl is such a sweetheart! We met via Whurl and actually met up last Christmas while I was back east visiting family. I can’t really explain it, but she’s one of those people that you meet and you can just tell she has a heart of gold, know what I mean? Most importantly, she lives in the mecca of amazing vintage shopping: Pennsylvannia! She always finds the best stuff from 1950’s to 1990’s so she’s often got something for everybody. Check out her selection at @allyhootvintage on Whurl!

  1.  I currently play 10 instruments (accordion, anyone?) & love writing music too.  Every so often, I muster up the courage to perform at open mics.
  2. I was obsessed with The Brady Bunch growing up (well, I still kinda am) & always dreamed of marrying Greg Brady (swoon, those blue eyes though!)
  3. While selling vintage on the side, I’m a stay at home mommy to two little spitfire, adventuring little boys, Keane (6) & Clayton (3).  They are my heart & my world.  Because everyone asks, Keane was named after my favorite band, Keane.
  4. I bake a really good cupcake…no, I mean REALLY GOOD!  Coming up with fun & interesting flavors is my jam.  These znoud el sett inspired cakes I made (Rose water & orange blossom frosting, vanilla bean cake, with clotted cream filling) are my favorite to date.
  5. My husband & I started a church.  It may not be the most popular thing to do these days, but we wanted to start a place where people can just be themselves & find hope, love, grace, & acceptance.  We also work along side various local non-profits to give back to our community. It has definitely been an exciting journey so far, with plenty of challenges and some difficult moments to navigate, but it’s an adventure  worth living.


Whurl Gurls: Meet Hafsa of @ladieswholunchshop!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo excited to introduce you to Hafsa! I met her via Whurl and then in person about a year ago at Artist & Fleas in Downtown LA. I love what she does so much! She is the only vintage shop that I know of that is focused on bringing plus size vintage to the masses and I absolutely love that about her! Here are five fun facts about Hafsa:

1. The meaning of my name is Lioness 🦁
2. The farthest place I’ve thrifted is in Estonia.
3. I was obsessed with trash can men as a kid (I have the scar to prove it 😉).
4. I was homeless in NYC for 2 weeks.
5. My favorite vegetable is bitter melon.

Check out her amazing selection on Whurl @ladieswholunchshop


Whurl Gurls: Meet Caitlin of @notmycircusvintage!


I’m so thrilled to start this blog and have a space to learn more about some of my favorite Whurl Gurls. I met Caitlin through Whurl and I just absolutely adore her style and her willingness to dig dig dig until she finds vintage gold (and trust me, she does!). Here are 5 fun facts about Caitlin:

  1. I have a degree in Forensic Science.
  2. I still own a VCR and collect cult & horror VHS mostly from the 80s and 90s.
  3. I have a real life Garfield for a cat.
  4. I was captain of my high school bowling team.
  5. In 2003, I was given my first MySpace haircut in a hotel bathroom by the artist now known as Skrillex.

Check out Caitlin’s shop on Whurl @notmycircusvintage (photos by Ellen Choi)


Introducing: the Whurl blog!

Hey babes! I finally decided it was time to make a blog for all things related to Whurl. I love communicating with y’all via instagram or the app, but I needed a space for more long-form text and a more thorough diary.

If you somehow stumbled on this blog and you’re like “what da f is Whurl?” let me help youuuuu.

My name is Samantha and I launched Whurl about a year and a half ago as a response to my own personal frustrations with buying and selling vintage. As a shopper, I think I can speak for most vintage-lovers when I say it can be hard to find that exact piece you’re searching for. While sellers have the challenge of sourcing the pieces that their customers want. Enter, Whurl! The idea behind Whurl is to turn the feeling of the stale old marketplace shopping system and flip it around where the shoppers can really take control by posting photos of the dream pieces and trends they’re dying for. Sellers browse the requests and post a match when they have one and use it as a helpful fashion forecast when they’re sourcing for their shops. It’s so fun and rewarding to see vintage dreams come true for my shoppers and a process made simpler for my sellers! It’s a win-win! Click here to download Whurl!