Shopping in San Francisco: 7 Spots to Change Your Style


San Francisco, which is perhaps best known for its wonderful climate, is one of the most beloved shopping cities in the world. What’s more, it can compete even with Los Angeles. The city is filled with charming high-end fashion stores, shopping centers, vintage establishments, boutique galleries, as well as special shopping areas.

Each of them offers a unique style, has a distinctive atmosphere, and ideally corresponds to the mood and wishes of any visitors. Well, let’s explore the best boutiques of San Francisco, where you can completely update your wardrobe without sacrificing your budget…

Buffalo Exchange

buffalo exchange -- sfMET, scott richard

Although San Francisco law permits walking naked, you shouldn’t use this permission – the city is full of interesting places to renew your wardrobe. For example, pick up Budget car rental return at San Francisco Airport and head to Buffalo Exchange store. This is a chain of stores where you can sell or exchange your clothes, or just buy what others have sold. In Buffalo Exchange, buyers will price what you brought, and if it’s interesting and fashionable, you will be offered either cash (30% of the value of the goods sold), or to spend 50% of what is sold in the store. You can find different brands: little-known designers, mass-market and such high-end brands as Dries Van Noten or Marc Jacobs at very reasonable prices. Buffalo Exchange is a convenient way to get rid of annoying clothes. Perhaps for this reason, Americans don’t wear the same clothing for several seasons in a row.

Address: 1210 Valencia St, San Francisco


Cary Lane

Cary Lane

The store is compactly located in the basement on the main street in the Hayes area. Cary Lane sells ‘sample sales’ of different brands and almost all goods are presented in a single exemplar or one size, but at least 50% cheaper than in the official brand store. Plus, they often have promotions and discounts. It’s possible to find United Nude acid-green shoes for $30 or little-known brands and their capsule collections. Also, they have stationery – Leuchtturm1917 notebooks, which look very similar to Moleskine, and the quality is excellent, but they cost 3 times cheaper. In general, there’s a collection of dressesties, hats, shoes, scented candles, watches, glasses and so on. It will be hard for you to leave Cary Lane empty-handed.

Address: 560 Laguna St, San Francisco



Recycled & New

Crossroads is the major competitor of Buffalo Exchange – you can also sell or exchange your clothes there. The most important thing is that everything is done on the spot – you don’t need to wait until someone buys your clothes. Crossroads is considered to betrendier, and Buffalo Exchange is more hipster/vintage shop. When visiting Crossroads carefully check out everything that is presented in the store: sometimes you can find a huge selection ofunique goods. The most annoying scenario, which is familiar to all regular customers of Crossroads – you’ve found what you were looking for so long, but it’s not your size. As a result, you wear huge sneakers, oryour skirt is so tight at the waist, that it is impossible to breathe. This happened at least once with everyone, because then this clothing can be sold to the next visitor of Crossroads.

Address: 2123 Market St, San Francisco


Mission Thrift

2014-11-30 4893 Mission - Thrift Town

(photo by Dennis Brumm)

In Mission Thrift there is absolutely everything and at affordable prices: brand, vintage and second-hand clothing. The public is also the most diverse: homeless people, hipsters, Mexicans, seniors, students – all social classes come there to find exclusive clothing. If you’re lucky enough, you can leave Mission Thrift with a whole package of clothes that no one else has. The shoes are also sold there: the workers assure that everything undergoes preliminary sterilization before entering the store, so you shouldn’t worry about cleanliness. You need to search for a long time, and sometimes you have to almost fight for any clothes you like – the main thing is not to give up!

Address: 2330 Mission St, San Francisco


Sui Generis

Clothes barn

Sui Generis offers second-hand designer clothing. There is a separate women’s and men’s store, they are within walking distance from each other. The prices for some clothes are sometimes inflated, but such brands as Dior, Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, and Chanel are available at affordable rates. Everything is in perfect condition and like new. In addition, as elsewhere, there are seasonal sales.
The store itself features a very stylish interior, and for your convenience, the whole assortment is indicated by a certain color. Sui Generis sells shoes and accessories, and if the size of your foot is standard, the choice is almost endless. Bags, glasses and other accessories are also at your disposal.

Address: 2231 Market St and 2147 Union St, San Francisco



Union Made Shoes by Tretorn

(photo by Carrie Cizauskas)

This shop is situated in Castro area and provides predominantly casual men’s clothing from such brands as Hudson, Our Legacy, Quoddy, New Balance, Pendleton, Red Wing, Gitman Vintage, Woolrich and others. Unionmade sells something that never goes out of fashion: classic models of shirts, T-shirts, cardigans and shoes which are perfectly selected. They can also offer exclusive and capsule collections of local designers. The store is relatively expensive, but the quality of the clothes makes it possible to wear them several years in a row.

Address: 493 Sanchez St, San Francisco



San Francisco - Wasteland

(photo by Drriss& Marrionn)

Many people say that if Urban Outfitters was a thrift store, then it would look like Wasteland. You’ll be able to find there both vintage and new clothes. Prices are higher than in traditional vintage stores, but goods are quite interesting and unique. Everything depends on luck – the first time you can find a wonderful dress for an affordable price and a jacket and shoes in addition. Of course, you can also spend half a day and you won’t find anything suitable. Some visitors are dissatisfied with the fact that the staff is not helpful. However, it’s even better – you can check outkilograms of clothing and nobody will distract you.

Address: 1660 Haight St, San Francisco