If you’re looking for distractions in Oakland, I think the best place you could go is the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. After eating a delicious breakfast at Horseshoe in Temescal (which by the way was nearly half full, a big improvement over my last visit), my girlfriend and I walked down the block to the depot. It’s always a bit chaotic and there, but it was much better organized than I’ve ever seen it before.
Forget about finding something specific at the depot, but if you like looking through a lot of random objects to find some gems, this is the place for you. Here’s some of what distracted me yesterday morning:
There's a lot of random bulk stuff at the depot, orgnanized into these bins. You never know what you'll find in them.
Then there's more random stuff on shelves and walls, like these trophies and clocks.
Then, once in a while, the depot will have an absurd amount of one thing. Last time, it was glass test tubes. This time it was tie silk.
For all the random objects at the depot, there are just as many common items, like string, sewing materials, videos, books...
And this new holiday section.
My favorite distraction in the store was easily this fish made out of CDs. Not for sale, but hopefully a new permanent fixture at the depot.