We all love a bargain and thrifting is the perfect way to save pennies and the environment. I love shopping in San Francisco. I instantly fell in love with Haight and Ashbury. There are some amazing thrift shops to find some awesome bargains and just look around in. More than 15 million tonnes of textile waste is generated by the USA alone each year. If we thrifted more a lot less waste would go to landfill. Best of all as it’s the perfect way to pick up great vintage pieces you won’t look like anyone else either. Not sure how to style your newfound goodies? Pop over to the GirlCrew app to join our fashion group to get styling advice. But for now, check out some of the best thrift stores in San Francisco.
Wasteland is known as one of the best vintage thrift stores in San Francisco. Started in 1985 by Joe Swinney and Cheryl Cohen, Wasteland has been praised by Vogue, Rolling Stone and Nylon. Fashionistas travel here to find a vintage Chanel bag or score a Rick Owens jacket. Wasteland is always a reflection of the moment – art, music, history and the now.
Mission Thrift San Francisco is a small treasure hidden away in the Mission district. They have a 99 cent rack outside, where if you’re lucky, might discover a vintage designer dream! Mission Thrift is a great place to go to and feel inspired. Have you ever wanted to experiment with your style and try something new? With such good prices, Mission Thrift is the perfect place to go and try something bold.
In 1974 Kerstin and Spencer Block opened the first Buffalo Exchange in Tucson, Arizona. In the forty years since, that 450 square foot store near the University of Arizona has blossomed into 49 stores in 20 states. The thrift stores always have awesome sales especially on Earth Day, items are $1! Buffalo Exchange also contributes to the community and helps out lots of charities.
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If you want to travel back in time, Relic Vintage is the perfect place to visit. They have clothing, accessories, and jewellery from 1920s-1960s, for men and women. The main focus of the thrift shop is to provide ready-to-wear, mid-century clothing of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. If you are already a lover of vintage fashion and have some pieces that need to be fixed or tailored? Relic Vintage has you covered. Staff are super lovely and can help you find the perfect piece for any occasion.
Community Thrift Store is a non-profit organization that works with over 200 charities. They accept donations from different charities and sell the items in store. They then give back the proceeds. When you donate to Community Thrift store, you get to pick the charity you want the proceeds to go to. They have awesome sales the first Monday of the month and have a big furniture collection too, perfect for redecorating your place.
Out of the Closet
Out of the Closet is not just a typical thrift store. Every time you shop here, 96 cents of every dollar spent goes to HIV/AIDS services provided by Aids Healthcare Foundation. Many Out of the Closet Thrift Stores locations offer free HIV testing. Tests are performed by certified testing counsellors and test results are ready in 20 minutes or less. There are great deals on CDs, DVDs, vinyl, and more. Great place if you are looking for some funky finds.
So what do you think? Where are your favourite thrift stores in San Francisco? Let us know in the comments below. And while you’re enjoying SF why not check out some of our favourite outlets and brunch spots. Need a partner in crime for all these great new adventures? Our San Francisco members are always down to hang.