Top Thrift Stores in San Francisco
5 Fly Thrift Stores and Resale Shops in SF
On Tuesday, I named our "Pop 5" list of best consignment stores in San Francisco. The stores I selected generally have great bargains on beautiful clothes, but aren't cheaply priced. At Cris in Russian Hill, for instance, you're likely to find a designer handbag, which may have originally sold for $1,000-$2,000, for $200-$300 — still a great expense for most. The shops selected for our list are also beautifully curated, and "the thrill of the hunt" you may experience in other stores isn't quite part of the equation, since everything's so fantastic to begin with.
That said, if you're looking for a thrift or resale shop where you can find a great top for $10 or a jacket for $35, and mostly everything is priced under $100, San Francisco has a lot to offer. One of PopSugar SF's Facebook fans, Camille, shared her list of thrift and resale shops with "variety and steals that natives flock to." Here they are!
- Crossroads Trading Co. (1901 Fillmore St., 415-775-8885, multiple locations) works on a buy/sell/trade system. You can bring your gently used clothing to any location and receive 35 percent of the price the store will sell each item via cash or check. If you trade in an item of your own for one of theirs, you'll be paid 50 percent of the sale price. Or you can just shop! Camille points out that Crossroads has "tons of on-trend, designer finds for $50 and a steady flow of new merchandise," as well as a great staff.
- Buffalo Exchange (1555 Haight St., 415-431-7733, multiple locations) also works on a buy/sell/trade system. The company offers 30 percent of the resale price in cash or 45 percent in trade. Camille says the Haight Street location has "lots of items from local designers and a ton of random, one-of-a-kind stuff," and says they're "most accepting when it comes to selling apparel."
- With three locations in LA, Wasteland (1660 Haight St., 415-863-3150) has become a well-known and trendsetting outlet for new, vintage, and designer apparel and has been featured in the pages of Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and more. Camille says it's "the best place for vintage boots and shoes under $100."
- The Mission thrift store Clothes Contact (473 Valencia St., 415-621-3212) sells all of its used and vintage apparel by the pound, and you can easily walk out of there having spent only $10 on a great find. The apparel is organized by era, such as '60s shift dresses or '80s prom, as well as by clothing type, such as denim or bodysuits, so it's pretty easy to find what you're looking for. And it makes a great place to shop for costumes.
- Fashion Exchange (2215 Market St., 415-861-9999, multiple locations) has a mix of new, used, and vintage items. Camille calls it "super easy to navigate." It's also pretty affordably priced and stocked with accessories like gloves, stockings, and wigs that can complete an ensemble.