7 Best Thrift Stores in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city full of history. From the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge to the ominous island of Alcatraz, San Fran has every type of sight a history buff could want to see. But not every traveler or visitor is a walking encyclopedia.

Luckily, the city has something for everyone, including those who love shopping. And even San Francisco’s best shops have their own touch of historical meaning. It’s full of impressive vintage stores and thrift shops, each with their own story to tell and unique clothes to sell.

1. Relic Vintage

This vintage shop is located in the heart of the city’s vibrant Haight-Asbury neighborhood, just blocks from San Francisco’s gorgeous Golden Gate Park. Not only does it carry authentic items from bygone eras, it also maintains the appearance of its old-fashioned, art deco roots.

2. 2nd Time Around

Some things are better the second time around, clothes included. This shop doesn’t just have clothes, though. 2nd Time around carries bedding and housewares with special sales and deals for shoppers. One reviewer called the prices “amazing.”

3. Afterlife Boutique

This is exactly where clothes go in the afterlife. The ‘80s and ‘90s-inspired threads, particularly t-shirts, at this small store will definitely bring the throwback vibes to your wardrobe, so if you’re looking to up your aesthetic, this is the place.

4. ReLove

ReLove is perfect for anyone looking to change their look for the trendier. Need to find something that looks just as modern as designer duds for half the price? You’ll love ReLove, located in Nob Hill.

5. Vacation

Who doesn’t love a good vacation? In this case, Vacation is the ultimate trip back in time. They allow shoppers to buy, sell, or trade their old items for men, women, and kids, and they also carry fun trinkets like records.

6. Static Vintage

One Yelp reviewer called this “the best vintage store in San Francisco,” which is a pretty flattering compliment. Static carries a mix of quirky vintage finds and high-end pieces, so it’s ideal for those who love a high/low wardrobe.

7. Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet is a chain of thrift stores with locations in multiple different states, from California to New York. Many locations offer free HIV testing for shoppers as well as a pharmacy for filling prescriptions.

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Image sources in order of appearance:

  1. https://unsplash.com/photos/Fzde_6ITjkw
  2. http://www.relicvintagesf.com/
  3. https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/2nd-time-around-san-francisco?select=AhrUwemolf_7Grqx3gL6OQ
  4. https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/afterlife-boutique-san-francisco?select=fnlAQkC64mpu_7YEiW9jPw
  5. https://shoprelove.com/pages/visit-relove
  6. http://www.vacation-sf.com/
  7. https://www.facebook.com/staticvintage/photos/a.188187917884454.34745.188186587884587/188187921217787/?type=1&theater
  8. https://outofthecloset.org/
Krista Doyle
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