A trip to Thrift Town is a little like a visit to an archaeological dig. You know you’re apt to find buried treasure, but it’s just going to take a little bit of excavation. The store in the Mission is a mish-mash of extremes. Not only can you find used stuffed animals here (although I’m not sure who really buys those), but on the ground floor of this two-story building, you’re just as likely to find vintage clothing, interesting vintage ceramics and a red-checkered men’s western shirt for about half of what you’d pay in a vintage clothing store. This is a great place for vintage finds of all kinds. And, their book section is almost as big as your local library. OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but there are a lot of books here. And, albums, too. Yep, vinyl – for those of you who have a record player. So, if you’ve got a little time on your hands, this store is a great place to spend it. And, be sure to take a gander at what’s in the “special” section near the cash registers, where they keep the better merchandise.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 to 8, Saturday 10 to 7, Sunday 10 to 6
This family-owned thrift store chain benefits the Association for the Retarded (ARC), and Community Association for the Retarded and Handicapped (CARH) and “Lifehouse” in San Rafael, among other charity partners.