Shopgirl: Picle, the Augusta Market and clothing swaps

Picle, the Augusta Market and clothing swaps



Austin music, art, film and anything cool festival SXSW was the scene for an app release that was blowing up the Internet last week.

Picle, designed by U.K. app gurus Made by Many, snaps a photo and then records 10 seconds of audio. These bits are called picles, and you string them together to create a story.

If my description doesn’t enchant you, I urge you to just give it a whirl. It has the audio-visual combination of a video clip, without the bother of editing and taking up space on your phone. There’s something really romantic and sentimental of looking at a photo of your flip flops on the beach while hearing background noise of waves, people yelling and the wind whipping. It’s really perfect for anything: piano recitals where you might not want to record the whole song, a photo of your friends laughing, or your new puppy playing.

Picle is only available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad right now, but it’s free and worth playing with.


The Augusta Market will open Saturday at the usual location, on the Riverwalk at Eighth and Reynolds streets. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it is a great reason to get up a little early Saturday morning.

The River Stage will have live music all through the market, and this year Digger the River Otter (the Augusta Market’s new mascot) will also be hanging out.

If you grow local produce, bake yummy goods or have some other locally-produced goods that you think Augustans might be interested in, renting space starts at only $15. Reserve it now, though, because those spaces fill quickly:


This 80-degree weather has me rifling through my attic boxes, looking for sandals and short sleeves. As we all know, season change-out time is an excellent chance to go through your wardrobe and get rid of what you don’t want.

This year, why not hold a clothing swap? Local designer Sally Keiser, of, has become an old pro at getting girls together to exchange what you can’t use for what you can. She says swaps are simple: invite your friends and aquaintances to bring over clothing they don’t wear anymore, but is still in great shape. Once everyone gets there, divide your stash into categories, such as long-sleeved shirts or pants. Then the fun begins – go through the categories and see what you might be able to bring home and welcome into your closet.

Keiser says she just invites every Augusta woman she knows, but you might want to start small for your first try. Take the leftovers to a good thrift store and enjoy the satisfaction that someone is actively enjoying that skirt you never wore.

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