February 24, 2005

826 Valencia, aka. The Pirate Store

pirate supplies, Canon Digital Rebel

826 Valencia, also known as the pirate supply store is one of my favorite spots in the neighborhood. It is a writing workshop and tutorial center for youth that was started by the author Dave Eggers and is also the home of the publishing house, McSweeney's.

In addition to offering incredible writing workshops for kids and adults, they also sell lard, eye patches, mops, shackles, and my friend Sasha's very beautiful (and tiny) book entitled Your New Glass Eye which is now in its second {limited} edition. Go Squash!

Pirate store window, Canon Digital Rebel

and just down the street...
Ripley, Canon Digital Rebel

And this is Ripley, the hairless Sphinx. She lives at the science fiction bookstore on Valencia St. only doors away from the pirate store. Go visit her! She is very friendly and sweet despite her sinister eyebrow configuration.

I love San Francisco.

Posted on February 24, 2005 01:15 PM

Too funny... one of my past students works at that pirate store. I remember her telling us about it and everyone thinking it was pretty comical that there was an entire store devoted to pirate periphenalia! Your post is the second one I've seen in the last 2 weeks that referenced the store... the world must be speaking to me!

Posted by: Meaghan at February 25, 2005 04:48 PM

stumbled across your site...i dig it.
i break for pirates too ;)

Posted by: Lucky at February 25, 2005 02:22 PM

i have a sphynx too! they are the most magical little beings.

Posted by: kathryn at February 25, 2005 11:33 AM

One of my prized possessions, the painting I have of you, has a face like that. hee hee..

Posted by: James at February 25, 2005 11:09 AM

I've never been to San Francisco, but now I want to go. Lots of interesting places. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Milly at February 25, 2005 09:32 AM

andrea, I'm loving your san francisco stories and photos! I'm going there as part of my honeymoon this summer, and you're giving me all kinds of ideas for places to go. thanks for sharing!

Posted by: katie at February 25, 2005 08:00 AM

andrea, your juicy descriptions of san francisco make me want to hop on a plane and come hang out at the pirate store!

Posted by: Ann Benoit at February 25, 2005 07:59 AM

My littlest daughter would love that pirate shop! She has dressed like a pirate on a weekly basis since she was two years old (she's seven now). http://www.garywill.com/pioneermelissa/images/kpirate_200.JPG
That cat is amazing.

Posted by: P. Melissa at February 25, 2005 07:51 AM

Did I read correctly? They sell 'lard'? Lard as in animal fat?

former San Franciscan who feels nostalgic reading your journal

Posted by: Joy at February 25, 2005 06:29 AM

I have been reading about this Pirate Store for quite some time.... desperately want to see it with my own eyes! Maybe I could at last meet the infamous Super Andrea there sometime ;) .
-Heather Espaņa

Posted by: espaņa at February 24, 2005 09:47 PM

OHMYGOSH! Pirates! Glass eyes! AND Naked cats! I want to move to San Francisco!

I love love love your journal and my beautiful contessa.

Posted by: Wendy at February 24, 2005 08:41 PM

Oh My God - I thought the cat was a statue!! What a great looking cat.

I really love the pictures of the red doors and the gold doorknobs. Beautiful!! It makes me want to paint furniture in that color and add gold knobs.

Posted by: Jen at February 24, 2005 07:57 PM

the pirate store kicks about 30 kinds of ass. :-) i miss our fun filled san fran adventure!!!


Posted by: emily at February 24, 2005 06:08 PM

I'm loving your SF pics.

Been thinking of moving from LA, need better public transport, more city life, art, etc...

Considering New York but San Fran might be a nice split of the difference...

Plus I would get to be near some of my favorite Muppets and Superheroes... ;)

Posted by: Donavan at February 24, 2005 05:10 PM

Wow! Her eyes are mesmerizing! I wouldn't be allergic to a hairless Sphinx. Hmmm.

My dog Bailey was getting harrassed by the neighborhood cats today...I don't know what she would do if she came face to face with Ripley.

Posted by: Sunshine(kvb) at February 24, 2005 03:48 PM