As any proprietor will tell you, there is a world of difference between a vintage shop and a thrift store. The former is curated and choosy, a representation of a tastemaker’s vision. The latter is frequently a junkatorium that accepts whatever people happen to drop off. Certainly many a brilliant find has its origins on the miscellaneous shelf, but San Francisco’s best vintage shops are a rare breed, each worthy of attention for its unique wares.
For a recently graduated fashionista paying off loans, staying on trend on a meager budget is no easy task. It took me years to finely tune my personal style around my paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle and I owe a debt of gratitude to my favorite consignment shops. If you’re looking for some of the best resale and consignment shops in the bay area, here is a list of shops you cannot miss.
When it comes to shopping in the city, the Sunset is the district that seems to be often overlooked and underestimated. It’s quite a shame, really. This foggy district that I call home is one of my favorite places to shop. Here is a list of boutiques that give you every reason to make the trip to the other side of Golden Gate Park.