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March 15, 2016

Second hand store love in SF…

March 15, 2016

Second hand store love in SF…

No question about it—we’re a #blessed bunch. Life in the City by the Bay is undeniably idyllic, but it comes at a cost. Between outrageous rents, one of the highest costs of living in the nation and those pesky Uber surges, things have a way of adding up. There’s nothing quite like a shrinking wallet and maxed-out credit cards to drive a San Franciscan to go thrifting. Luckily, no matter where you go, there’s bound to be a solid option close at (second)hand. Here’s the winner’s circle of the slightly used:

Best Neighborhood for Thrifting: The Mission

The Mission is the best neighborhood for a lot of things: dive bars, burritos, running into insufferable dudes with gauges and ill-advised facial hair, etc. If top-notch thrifting is one of its less lauded assets, it’s also one of its most valuable. My personal fave is Thrift Town, but BART proximity counts for a lot in my book. Also, books count for a lot in my book, and Thrift Town has a surprisingly expansive collection. Bored with browsing? Gems like Mission Thrift and the iconic bright-pink Community Thrift Store are a stroll away.

Photo courtesy of Mike R.

Photo courtesy of Mike R.

Best Chain Thrift Store: Out of the Closet—1498 Polk Street

Goodwill is a classic, and Buffalo Exchange rarely disappoints (and will occasionally make you feel like a fashionista by agreeing to sell your castoffs), but Out of the Closet takes the big-name thrift cake. Though there are only two locations in San Francisco, quality clothes, consistently cheerful service and a great cause (the proceeds benefit the AIDS Healthcare Foundation) make it hard to beat. (Besides, who doesn’t love a good pun for a store name?)

Photo courtesy of I. Y.

Photo courtesy of I. Y.

Least Pricey: Ming Kee Thrift Store—12 7th Street

OK, Ming Kee might not be the thrift shop you’d take home to mother, but cheap is cheap! While the location is a little dicey and the digs a little dusty, what other store has 50% off already crazy low prices storewide on every Monday? What was that noise? Oh, just the sound of bang for your buck! Though come to think of it, you are on 7th street. So maybe lock your doors.

Best Splurge: Fashionphile—19 Maiden Lane

You know those brands you hope you’re never called on to mention in mixed company because you’re not 100% sure how to pronounce them? (Looking at you, Louboutin.) They can all be found here at a fraction of their original (astronomical) price. They may be preowned, but looking at the bags, accessories and shoes that this sleek little boutique specializes in, you’d never know. “High quality” and “top brand” is an enticing combination—particularly with the store’s generous consignment prices. While Fashionphile is undeniably pricier than any other location on this list, the designer products here are quite reasonable compared to their brand-new, full-price counterparts.

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Photo courtesy of Mimi D.

Best Vintage: Relic Vintage and Held Over—1605 Haight Street and 1543 Haight Street

Surprise! It’s a tie. Perhaps less surprisingly, both stores are located on Haight Street, and as such they are peopled with self-proclaimed flower children / street kids. If you can wade through their requests for spare change and assertions that they were born in the wrong decade, you can shop to your nostalgic heart’s content. While some items for sale are rare and collectible—and their prices reflect that—plenty of others are priced quite reasonably, and all are charmingly reminiscent of an era you either don’t remember or haven’t experienced. Both stores are conveniently located not too far from Ben & Jerry’s. What a time to be alive!

Photo courtesy of Relic Vintage.

Photo courtesy of Relic Vintage.

 Photo courtesy of Giovanna R.

Photo courtesy of Giovanna R.

Source : www.thebolditalic.com