Within each San Francisco neighborhood you can find unique stores and residents with some of the most diverse fashion styles in the country, so it’s no wonder that fabulous vintage stores can be found dotted around the city. Narrowing down the selection is not easy however here’s just a few of the best vintage fashion stores where you can get the most bang for your buck.
Related: See our updated version of Best Vintage Stores In San Francisco here.
Hours: Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri – Sun 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Within 37 years, Buffalo Exchange has grown from one start up store to 41 stores and two franchises across the country, with two located in San Francisco (the other on Valencia Street). Even with such a large number of stores, Buffalo Exchange’s vintage merchandise remains individual and unique to each location. Don’t be surprised to see familiar faces when browsing the racks, as Buffalo Exchange is one of singer Katy Perry’s favorite Cali places; fashion icon Joe Zee has also been spotted shopping here among the locals.
Customers are invited to bring in their unwanted clothing and accessories, then either trade or exchange the pieces for cash. Find vintage pieces as well as current designer labels mixed with brand new merchandise. Prices vary depending on each item and are competitive, compared to bigger retail stores.
Hours: Mon – Sun: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
La Rosa Vintage is a jewel within the crown of vintage for Haight Street. Find fabulous pieces in an excellent condition, this is a store where you find the best of the best. It really is amazing how many high quality vintage pieces can be found here and every time you come back there is something different to be found. It feels like a huge dress up box when inside!
Hours: Mon – Sat 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
A vintage store unlike many others, Sui Generis stocks some of the best selective vintage apparel and accessories in the country. Currently, Market Street has two stores, one stocking women’s apparel and accessories and the second for men.
Each item in the store is carefully selected so that only the best is sold to customers; detail is key here. By purchasing from both local customers and designers, fashion associates and fashion insiders, Sui Generis ensures it can offer some of the most stylish items in the best condition. Prices vary depending on each item; find handbags, dresses, shoes, jewelry and much more when you visit Sui Generis. It will be difficult to leave empty handed. In fact, take your friends and make a day of it; they will all thank you for the discovery.
Store Hours: Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Buying Hours: Daily 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Spend hours going through the hundreds of vintage items at Wasteland and fall in love with each piece as you discover value for money. Find dresses, sweaters, skirts, and outerwear in excellent condition dating back to the 30s. Each era will have you imagining a different place in time as you try on fabulous merchandise.
Gems of the store include vintage designer apparel, though you will have to shop fast as the turnaround can be quick, as it’s common to see eager customers snapping up bargains as soon as they are hung on the racks.
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Crossroads Trading Co. has four locations within San Francisco, each offering something slightly different and more unique. Market Street boasts the largest Crossroads Trading Co. store and has a good mix of labels with both vintage and newer apparel. The Fillmore Street store is located in an upscale shopping district and the merchandise in-store reflects this, with vintage pieces from labels such Louis Vuitton and Prada. While the Haight Street store offers more edgier clothing and accessories, both vintage and newer, with labels including Betsy Johnson, Marc Jacobs and LAMB. At the Irving Street location you’ll find one of the newest Crossroads Trading Co. stores though the merchandise is slightly less vintage than the other locations.
Parmeeta Ghoman, a freelance writer specializes in style and lives in California. Find some of her work on Examiner.com.