Helpers Bazaar is rather special when it comes to thrift stores because its donors happen to be some of the City’s most infamous residents. In fact, it somehow seems wrong to call it a “thrift store” and is more aptly called a “charity store.” Here you’ll find upscale designer wear, vintage treasures from fine estates, menswear from Wilkes Bashford, as well as some of the most beautiful costume jewelry around. And, don’t miss the vintage section in the back of the store. Joy Venturini Bianchi, the store’s Director isn’t naming any names, though. She is the store’s style maven who wears outrageously unique eyewear and has the heart of a saint.
Helpers Bazaar is located just below the Crown and Crumpet Tea Room in Ghirardelli Square on the Lower Plaza level. There’s no better upscale “thrifting” than this in the Bay Area! And, if you’re lucky, you may get to meet Joy, who definitely lives up to her name. Treat yourself to one of the treasures that find a new life here (it’s all for a great cause!), then treat yourself to one of Kara’s Cupcakes one level up. It will be a perfect day!
Hours: Open Daily 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.Helpers House of Couture By appointment only
Benefits Helpers of the Mentally Retarded, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the developmentally disabled.
NOTE: Helpers is currently looking for volunteers!