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I have a surplus of vintage clothing - mostly 70's, some 60's
and some 80's - and am looking for someplace who will buy them.
Does anyone have suggestions?
twisters does. here's their info:
I have some vintage dresses and beaded sweaters from the 60's that I
would like to sell. Which vintage shops would be best to take them
to? I'm in the east bay but am willing to go to San Francisco to find
a good shop.
I have had good luck selling vintage clothing to Karin at Dolled Up
Vintage on SanPablo X Dwight in Berkeley. She gas pretty eclectic
customers and is quite charming herself..seems to love fashion and
people. She gives you 30% of what she will sell it for which is way
better that a garage sale! The stuff has to be perfect though. And, some
things she just can't sell, so she can't buy...but, she is generous.
My 13 year old is going to a father and daughter 1950's theme dance
held by Girl Scouts. Where can I find a 1950's dress and white gloves?
She wears about a size 12. I'm not necessarily looking for a poodle
skirt. I would love to find an actual fancy dance dress in a 1950's
style without dragging out my sewing machine.
Try Mars on Telegraph.
I have seen some really beautiful things meeting your description at Deja
Nu in San Rafael on their 4th street. It was a couple of years ago.
Many of the lovely 50's dresses were very small (ladies size 2, 4, 6) and
might fit your daughter. It may be a hike from where you are, though.
There are also some vintage stores on College Ave in the Rockridge
district of Oakland. I have seen at least 2 or 3 between the BART tracks
happy dress hunting!
Try ''Recapture'' on College Ave. in Oakland (near Hudson St.) They have
great vintage party dresses. Their website shows only bridal gowns, but
they have a lot more than that. Good luck!
My sixteen-year-old niece is going to visit from Albuquerque and
when asked what she wanted to do, she said ''Shop!'' Since my idea
of shopping is going to the Monterey Market or Safeway, I feel
ill-equipped to entertain her properly. Could anyone give
vintage or second-hand clothes stores
''funky'' (and inexpensive) jewelry stores
other clothing or accessory stores that would appeal to a sixteen-
year-old young lady?
Especially helpful would be neighborhoods in San Francisco or the
East Bay where several such shops are located.
an aunt with insufficient shopping acumen
I was surprised when an adolescent visited us in San Francisco
recently and all she wanted to do was shop at Walmart! Ugh! SF
doesn't even have a Walmart that I know of.
Other teenagers who have visited have enjoyed:
- Union Square: Specifically the Anthropologie and Old Navy
- Haight Street: Lots of interesting boutiques and some
- Fillmore Street: Many second hand stores, one vintage store
and some good lunch options.
- The Indian clothing stores in Berkeley and a stroll through
Chinatown in SF have also been BIG hits.
Haight Street, San Francisco
Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley.
No cooler shopping on earth.
I can't imagine any visit to the East Bay or San Francisco being
complete w/out hitting the vintage stores on Telegraph in
Berkeley or on Upper Haight in S.F. You'll find exactly the
kinds of places your looking for.
Telegraph Ave in Berkeley, especially on a weekend.
The Haight-Ashbury, by the panhandle in SF.
two in berkeley: crossroads on shattuck and buffalo exchange on
telegraph (both several blocks south of university), for used
clothes with a 'cool' atmosphere. in san francisco: the haight
(haight street, in the haight-ashbury neighborhood) may also be
a great place for a 16 year old (if you can stand it:) ). i'd
also try the mission, but i don't have specific recommendations,
and the castro/market area, starting at sanchez and market and
going southwest on market down castro--some very cool stores
there (and another crossroads too).
For Vintage clothing and jewelry try Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley
(many very chic shops!) or the Height in SF. Also College
Avenue and Piedmont Avenue have some great vintage shops.
Make sure you take her for a stroll down Telegraph Ave.,
Berkeley on the weekend -- the street vendors sell wonderful,
handmade, inexpensive jewelry.
I'm sure you'll get lots of responses, but here is what I'd suggest:
Stores like Crossroads (College Ave, Rockridge) or Buffalo Exchange
(Telegraph Ave, Brkly) are great for young and funky looks and are in
great shopping districts so there's lots of other shops to stop in.
Haight St is the best for funky, second-hand stores. There are several
that begin about a block or two from the park and continue east. For
stores that are more upscale, Sacramento St (Laurel Heights area) has
several second hand and designer consignment shops. Fillmore St also
has the above as well as some great boutiques (though not cheap).
Other great ''strips'' with hip boutiques are Union St (which has a great
jewelery/accessories store, but I can't remember the name) and North
Beach (Grant St north of Columbus and environs).
In the East Bay try Telegraph Ave near the college for clothing
and jewlery, on the weekends there are vendors set up all along
the street with all kinds of things for sale. Also College Ave
in the Elmwood section of Berkeley is good, Jeremy's is there
(vintage clothing) and my favorite jewlery store The Gem
Gallery. In SF I like to go to Haight Street near Cole and Carl,
I think it's also close to Golden Gate Park. Have fun with your
I think that Telegraph Avenue (near Cal) is just what you're
looking for. She'll be in hog heaven with all those street
vendors, etc. You could also window shop in Union Square.
Take her to Telegraph Ave by campus. She will be thrilled.
There are second hand stores there and all sorts of inexpensive
items to be found, after all the store patrons are students.
Last time my 1/2 brother from Colorado visited he was 16 - he
thought Telegraph Ave was the coolest place. I know your neice
will too as there's nothing close to it in Albuquerque. And if
you don't mind the trek over to the City, definately take her
to Haight & Ashbury area.
Sounds like Haight Street in San Francisco is what you're
The Haight/Ashbury street neighborhoods in San Francisco are
teeming with tons of funky, vintage stores. It's a great one-
stop shopping place for kids into mod/funky stuff, and unique
In Berkeley, there's Twisters on San Pablo (and Channing?) which
has fun vintage clothing (can be pricey), Papy Boez also on San
Pablo (used to have vintage, not sure anymore), Crossroads
Trading Company (tre cheap!) on Shattuck (and Dwight?) and also
on 5th St.
For more boutiquey but VERY VERY fun stuff, try Sweet Things on
College and Derby. Or ''A Step Forward'' on Piedmont Ave. in
Oakland. They're not second-hand stores, but their sale rack is
often better priced than many vintage stores.
You can also just swing by any of the shops listed below (from a
Yahoo yellow pages search of ''vintage''):
Be sure to take this teen to Thrift Town, on San Pablo Dam Road
in Pinole/El Sobrante. This is the well-known haunt of most Bay
Area teens. The prices can't be beat....most items of everyday
wear are under $3. Trendier used clothing stores such as
Buffalo Exchange on Telegraph are fun, but expensive. Also,
take her into Hot Topic on Telegraph.
This is not a used clothing store. It has new punk clothing, a
big hit with teens and worth a visit as it is definitely on the
fringe. While strolling/shopping on Telegraph, the little
vendor stands offer nice jewelry, ie. sterling rings, which make
good gifts to take back for friends, for as little as $4-7.
(These are all recommendations for SF)
You can try lots of places on Haight street.
The consignment shops like Buffalo Exchange and Wasteland as
well as Ardvaarks Odd Ark and La Rosa Vintage. All of the
vintage stores pretty much start around Haight/Masonic and run
up to the beginning of the park (Stanyan).
The mission has a few. Thrift town on Mission and 17th is good
and often has sales. Then around the corner on Valencia and 16th
they sell clothing by the pound...mostly vintage stuff. If you
walk the 'corridor' of Valencia from 16th to 24th street you
will find quite a few other stores as well...like Schauplatz at
around 19th street.
On Market street near the Castro and Noe street is Crossroads
Trading Company, though they have more contemporary stuff.
And lastly, is Guys and Dolls Vintage in Noe Valley on
Two places, Haight Street in SF (has one of the best & most
famous vintage clothiers on the west coast) and Telegraph Ave.
just near UCBerkeley, for the first 5-6 blocks running up to
Bancroft. She will go crazy there!
Also, just an individual store recommendation, there is a
FABULOUS store on Telegraph in Temescal (that is North Oakland)
called ''HEY!''. It is next to the Sanwa Bank on the corner of
Telegraph and 49th Street. It is filled with funky/ artsy/
designer clothes hand-made by local artists, as well as
original paintings and hand-made designer accessories. If you
are larger than a size 8 (like me) it may be a little harder to
find clothes to fit, but still worth a browse for you fashion-
conscious ladies and gents.
Try the Haight in SF my teen family members love it- rows and
rows of vintage stuff. There are sveral just on the main drag
plus it's a funky neighborhood to walk around- don't forget to
stop in and have Ben and Jerry's ice cream. For a fun
experience try dining at Masawa an african restaurant where you
eat family style and with your hands!
Rockridge has CrossRoads Trading Company right by BART. and
Telegraph in berkeley has Buffalo Exchange.
Try the Rockridge area along College Avenue in Oakland. There
are several vintage clothing stores, a place called Itsy Bitsy
that my daughter and her friends love (lots of inexpensive
jewelry, inlaid carved boxes, tchochkes of all kinds) and lots
more. And if you feel inclined, you can park yourself with a
cup of coffee at one of the several choices and turn her loose.
Parent of a shopaholic
Here's my recommendations for secondhand shopping:
Haight Street in SF would be a good neighborhood for teenager
shopping. There are lots of secondhand stores near each
other. Wasteland has lots of vintage clothes, and Buffalo
Exchange carries some retro stuff. Crossroads has mostly
contemporary used clothes. No matter what style she likes, I
bet she can find it there- there is even a Gap in the
vicinity! Start at Ashbury.
Telegraph offers similar selection in terms of teen clothing,
but without having to cross a bridge. Buffalo Exchange, Mars,
and Sharks are all places to try.
For the real deal in vintage clothes, try Stop the Clock in
downtown Berkeley. I think it is on Center Street between
Shattuck and Oxford, up the block from Scandanavian Designs.
>From there you could walk down Shattuck to Shoe Pavilion for
shoe bargains and Crossroads for newer second hand styles.
Fillmore Street in SF has fun shopping, starting at about Bush
Street. There isn't much in used clothing besides Crossroads,
and it is definitely more expensive, but I think most sixteen
year olds would like Betsy Johnson. Plenty of places to get
Good luck, and happy shopping!
avid secondhand shopper
Stop the Clock on Addison in Berkeley, 1/2 block above Shattuck
is a fun place. Also the Berkeley Goodwill store on University
between Milvia and Shattuck
We are going to a 70's party this August and was wondering if
anyone can recommend a place carrying 70's attire.
There is a place in Berkeley called ''Stop the Clock''. We went
there a few years ago and bought a lot of great 70's attire for
a party we were going to.
Thrift Town on 17th and Mission has tons of 70's clothes...cheap
and very groovy...
Take BART to 16th street. Walk on mission towards 17th..et'
Shopping in Berkeley
My mate's 13-year-old daughter is coming from Mexico City over the
holidays to meet her baby half-brother. Any suggestions on activities/places
to take her to in the Bay Area? (She's been to Exploratorium, tho' she might
not mind going again now). She is not fluent in English.
Teenagers really seem to like shopping
on Telegraph Avenue (you should go too when they are young and/or
from out of town) and to a lesser degree, on College Avenue in the
Elmwood. The last few out-of-town visitors we had - girls and boys -
begged continuously to be taken to Telegraph Av.
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