San Francisco is a shopper’s mecca and a great place to “shop until you drop” on a budget. The Bay Area is filled with thrift stores. Some are boutiques run by charitable organizations, while others are consignment shops where you can both buy and sell clothing. In addition to clothing, thrift shops feature housewares, artwork and even electronics. Visit often and you’ll be amazed at the top merchandise you’ll find at rock-bottom prices.
Out of the Closet
Out of the Closet stores offer secondhand clothing, furniture and all manner of merchandise in multiple locations in the Bay Area. Each donation and sale benefits the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. This foundation works in the community by offering free and confidential HIV Testing. Their stores contain a variable plethora of items including small appliances, books and bric-a-brac.
Community Thrift Store
Since its inception in 1982, this non-profit group works with charities all over the Bay Area. They accept donations, sell the items and then distribute the proceeds. Independently run and non-discriminatory in concept, those who donate may even choose the charity that will profit from their donation. This shop features antiques, collectibles, and unusual items. Low prices and a steady stream of ever-changing merchandise draw loyal shoppers.
This consignment store is located in the Haight Street neighborhood. Much of its merchandise reflects the historic hippie origins of the community. There is vintage clothing and items labeled “vintage inspired.” You’ll also find trendy clothes like brassy ’80’s neon shirts and flashy ’70’s disco outfits. They stock a mix of contemporary clothing along with retro fashions, so take your time.
Crossroads Trading Company
This is a national chain whose roots are in the Bay Area. They run stores directly in the city, and more in the surrounding suburbs. Prices vary, but there are bargains to be found. Shoppers looking for brand name fashions will not be disappointed. Clothing is categorized carefully as well, giving you a chance to zero in on what you’ve come to buy.
Did you find a real bargain on your last trip to San Francisco? Let us know where that hidden thrift shop is located!