Haight St; the mecca of all that is thrifting in the Bay Area. A popular spot in San Francisco for shopping, people watching, and creating your own trends. If you enjoy hitting up second hand stores, this is definitely a place you need to visit. It’s one of my favorite locations in all of SF.
However, there are a few downsides to this hipster street. Parking is a pain (but where isn’t it in this city), and prices are insane in some of these stores. For example, there is a store called La Rosa Vintage Boutique and the cheapest thing I’ve ever found there was a $48 skirt. Average prices for clothing seem to hover between $125 and $350. Yeesh, this place makes me feel very poor…BUT that’s not to say you shouldn’t at least go inside and check things out! There are things here you will NOT find anywhere else, and everything is absolutely gorgeous, fun and wearable.
A few more pictures from La Rosa Vintage just because I think they are fun:
A few places that I have found to be affordable on Haight are the Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill. I always say Goodwill is overpriced in most aspects, and this one is no exception. But I validate my spending there by comparing it to the rest of Haight St. And I must also admit that the items at this Goodwill are even more expensive than if you found them at another one. But you must also keep in mind when visiting, that you are going to find a lot more vintage and trendy things at these thrift stores than in other towns or cities. This past visit to the Goodwill, I bought a cute vintage brown sweater and charcoal gray blazer. Total for both was $25.
I was very impressed with the prices at Buffalo Exchange. These stores can be found across the country, but I found the one in San Fran to be more decently priced than the one in Phoenix, AZ. This came as a total surprise. I found an adorable vintage dress for my sister, and I think it was about $12.
Point is, Haight St. is a great and fun place to shop, even if you leave empty handed. The people are fun, the food is good, and you will always find something exciting and different.