Bay Area’s Best Vintage Clothing Chains

November 9, 2010 12:02 PM

From dressed down-jeans to black tie affairs, the Bay Area clothing scene runs the full fashion spectrum. To keep up with all of the trends you are going to need an unlimited budget, or find a way to cut your costs. Fortunately, the Bay Area is home to a wealth of thrift and vintage shops that will keep you looking good for less. The Eye on the Bay crews suggests looking for one of these chain shops in your neighborhood.

Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet
Plato’s Closet is a resale store for pre-teens and young adults. Owner Linda Fong says there are several brands that kids are drawn to, including Abercrombie, Holister, BeBe, Forever 21, and American Eagle. The shop works like a recycling center for slightly used clothes – bring in items and work a trade for your new threads. If you don’t find something you want, you can get cash for the clothes that the store can resell.

7102-B Dublin Avenue
Dublin, 94568
(925) 829-2987

3250 Dale Road, J1
Modesto, 95356
(209) 544-6700

1880 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, 95401
(707) 566-8400

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange

This national chain for men and women has three Bay Area locations offering ever-changing collections of clothing and accessories. The shops take pride in featuring clothing that is a little more fashionable than the stuff on the racks at your typical thrift store.

1555 Haight Street
San Francisco, 94117
(415) 431-7733

1210 Valencia Street
San Francisco, 94110
(415) 647-8332

2585 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, 94704
(510) 644-9202

Crossroads Trading Company

Crossroads Trading Company

Chances are there is a Crossroads shop not far from your place. If you have been there, you know the staff has picked through the plunk to offer you some real second-hand fashions at reasonable prices.

2338 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, 94704
(510) 843-7600

5636 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
(510) 420-1952

1901 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, 94115
(415) 775-8885

1519 Haight Street
San Francisco, 94117
(415) 355-0555

2123 Market Street
San Francisco, 94114
(415) 552-8740

1959 W. San Carlos Street
San Jose, 95128
(408) 292-6100

811 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, 95060
(831) 458-0555

Thrift Town

Thrift Town

Yelpers who stumble across one of the Thrift Town locations can’t get over the size of the place. That huge selection will take some time to pick through, but after all, isn’t that the fun part of thrift shopping? The prices are also some of the best.

3645 San Pablo Dam Rd.
El Sobrante, 94803
(510) 222-8696

41200 Blacow Rd. #E
Fremont, 94538
(510) 661-9150

2101 Mission St.
San Francisco, 94110
(415) 861-1132

16160 E. 14th St.
San Leandro, 94578
(510) 278-1766

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