WHERE TO SHOP CHEAP | THE BAY AREA’S THRIFT STORES
The streets of the Bay Area are connoisseurs of thrift culture you can even consider the Bay Area a secondhand central! Here are some of best places for bargain-hunters to find vintage treasures.
1. MISSION THRIFT
2330 Mission Street (between 19th and 20th streets)
Large stocks of pre-owned men’s & women’s apparel, shoes, eveningwear & garments for costumes that are one alteration away from perfection – Mission Thrift is definitely a place to hit on a regular basis. One never leaves the place empty handed.
2. COMMUNITY THRIFT
623 Valencia Street (between 17th Street and Clarion Alley)
Looking to help out the community with your thrift store prowess? Then grab your items from their great shoe selection, amazing purses, cool jewelries and nice clothes and support Bay Area charities at the same time. Community Thrift Store is a non-profit organization that works with over 200 Bay Area charities.
3. 31 RAX
3309 Mission Street (between 29th Street and Virginia Avenue)
31 Rax is a funky shop for handpicked vintage clothes with a hip, urban look in an art- & fashion-focused space at very reasonable prices. Owner Stephanie Madrinan also actively nurtures the creative community by offering the place as an event space for the arts: music, dance, art, and photography.
4. SALVATION ARMY
1915 Park Street (between Blanding and Clement avenues) Alameda
Donate and shop at the same time at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. The Salvation Army goes all the way from Alameda to the end of Valencia Street where you can find valuable gems ranging from apparels to furniture items at amazingly cheap prices.
5. HELD OVER
1543 Haight Street (between Ashbury and Clayton streets)
An established fixture of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, Held Over is a premiere vintage fashion destination in the Bay Area. Hand selected by a team of international buyers, fashion items like clothes, coats, hats and jewelries for both men and women are sorted out by era. Swoon over racks upon racks of vintage garb from the ’40s to the ’80s, truly a vintage clothing lover’s shopping paradise!
6. OUT OF THE CLOSET
1295 Folsom St.
Out of the Closet is not just a good place to find a possible closet staple and snag a unique home decor, it’s also a fundraiser and supporter for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and offers free HIV testing at their Polk Street and Church Street locations.
7. ALTA BATES
5615 College Avenue (between Ocean View Drive and Shafter Avenue)
Alta Bates is a small, intimate, and undiscovered Rockridge boutique with heaps of carefully curated collection of treasures including art, apparel, jewelry, and delicate home furnishings.
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