1. I've just been wondering the same thing! I'm going to be there later in May so have been doing some research. A friend told me that the Mission and Haight-Ashbury areas have great vintage shops – take an empty suitcase!

  2. Haight Street is my go-to spot for vintage shopping. The prices are what you would expect in a city, but there's some good selection and Haight has the largest concentration of vintage shops along one street in the city. Parking is a challenge in the area so either take the bus or park a couple blocks away from Haight & Ashbury where the parking isn't metered. Expect plenty of drifters hanging around the neighborhood and a faint aroma of incense and marijuana.
    Have fun visiting San Francisco!

  3. Haight has Le Rosa, a very nice, albeit often overpriced place but they have patterns and odds and ends if you are looking for that interesting thing.

    There used to be a place a cross the street from it that was pretty large (I forget the name). Their stock was sorted by decade and they had a wall of hats as you first walked in.

    There is one store I used to visit all the time when I lived in SF. Its a costume shop its up Hyde in Nob Hill, past the hospital, and across the street from a grocery store, right where the major trolly intersection is.

    There are a lot of costumes, but the man who ran it (if its still there which I think it is) has some major good vintage at very good prices.

    Good luck!

  4. Alameda antique fair but only frist sunday of the month. I only spent a few hours there but it could easily take more than one vist to cover it all. In san jose area, I don't see much but every now and then there will be sewing garage sale (check out craigslist). Last garage sale, I bought 10 vintage patterns at 25 cents each

  5. Haight Street in SF for sure. Come see Empire Vintage in Palo Alto which is my local haunt. There are meant to be a few great places in San Jose which I'm yet to visit. I'll dig out the names and post them later. On the way to Carmel stop off at Capitola, a beautiful sea side town near Santa Cruz and it has beautiful antique, vintage and thrift stores as well as just being gorgeously vintage as a whole.

    If you discover places I would love to know. I moved here from the UK 6mnths ago and am still making discoveries.

    Enjoy! It's an amazing area.

  6. Haight Street in SF for sure. Come see Empire Vintage in Palo Alto which is my local haunt. There are meant to be a few great places in San Jose which I'm yet to visit. I'll dig out the names and post them later. On the way to Carmel stop off at Capitola, a beautiful sea side town near Santa Cruz and it has beautiful antique, vintage and thrift stores as well as just being gorgeously vintage as a whole.

    If you discover places I would love to know. I moved here from the UK 6mnths ago and am still making discoveries.

    Enjoy! It's an amazing area.

  7. Vintage fabric store in North Beach called Urban Burp. Google it and then go if you love vintage fabric – she has yards and yards. Amazing stuff you won't find anywhere else. Plus, No. Beach is a fun place to visit. It's right next to Chinatown where you'll also find many treasures.

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