My high school best friend and I created the band The Oh Wells when we were sixteen. Maybe you knew us then, maybe you didn’t. We were ridiculously close. Mindy Kaling summed up this kind of closeness neatly: “As any woman reading this will attest to, there are not many relationships more powerful than that of two women who fall fast and deep into a friendship.”
But The Oh Wells was bigger than our relationship. We had a falling out in 2011, but I kept the band going and found replacement musicians. Some were truly delightful and are still my friends to this day, some were truly appalling and are still my ex-boyfriends to this day. I went through heaven and hell with this band. And after what could be called a breakdown, but what was really just me facing the facts of my own illness, I decided to take a break from music. It was right after we released our second EP. I mean, it was pretty much the day after the release party. I melted down, for many reasons including side effects from new pills, a break-up, and a realization that “getting better” was a lifelong journey with no end point.
Here’s the thing. Before this point I was riding on a hypo manic, anxiety-fuelled need to succeed and become fairly famous, and I had a wonderful graphic designer create lots of beautiful, high quality merchandise that, once I crashed, I never had a chance to sell. I had planned a tour, but this breakdown led to me cancelling the whole thing. So, in my parents basement, I have a ton of awesome merch that I am never going to get rid of. Here’s the deal: If you send me your address and tell me which items you want, I will send you any of my merch for free… as long as the size/colour you want is still in stock.
What do I want in exchange? Maybe follow my new artist page, Sarah Jickling and her Good Bad Luck, on Spotify. Maybe share my latest video with one of your friends. If you live really far away from Vancouver, maybe buy one of my songs on bandcamp to cover the cost of shipping. I want to give these awesome items a home, and I want to stop feeling depressed every time I see them in my parents basement. So, if you want any of the things you see here, or maybe you’d like to give some to your friends, just email me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message my fan page on facebook.
Thank you for supporting me and my music. You are a wonderful human being.
Roll with the Punches Shirt: All out!
The Oh Wells Human Heart Shirt: All out!
Buttons: only "The Oh Wells" buttons left
Bags: All out!
Ice cream Oh Wells T-shirt: L, XL
CDs: I've got a TON of CDs. If you know anyone who has something that plays CDs (like maybe a car or something,) this could be a great gift!
Stickers: All out!