Shopping on Haight Street

Discussion in 'California' started by NileGuide, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Though the Upper Haight has been getting kind of a bad rap lately with the street kids peddling bad weed to tourists, the as of now neglected Sit/Lie law, and the neighborhood’s perpetual image as a sad parody of its former hippie 60’s heyday, it’s impossible to ignore its appeal as a trendy shopping destination. So leave very vanilla Union Square behind and jump on the always entertaining Haight-71 bus (or the somewhat cleaner N-Judah). In Upper Haight, you can open your mind as well as your purse strings.
    Those who want to get the most bang for their buck would do well by starting at Buffalo Exchange. You can buy, sell, or trade your clothing and accessories, and their buyers are fierce. Poring over the shelves, don’t be surprised to see gently worn BCBG or Stella McCartney for a serious fraction of the original price. We’re talking $8, $15, $18. A block away, trendier and more spacious Wasteland definitely has the cool factor complete with intriguing window displays, hipster soundtrack, and a photo booth. It’s the best spot to peruse for modern, vintage, and designer styles, and the prices can be unbelievably inexpensive (or the polar opposite).
    Emulating the Mad Men era? Bettie Page is the place. Outstanding service helps you navigate their fabulous assortment of ‘50’s retro glamour dresses and separates. Dollhouse Bettie, further towards the park, is the place for vintage pinup lingerie including ultra-feminine panties and bras, and sexy garters and bustiers.
    Women looking for romantic dresses, funky accessories, and unruffled casual wear should aim for Ambiance. Most prices are reasonable and the customer service is sweet without being pushy. At Clobba, you can find trendy coats in bold colors perfect for San Francisco weather. Villains Vault is best known for its expensive, very L.A. selection of premium denim for men. They also carry overpriced women’s wear, with shoes and accessories across the street.
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    Shoe Biz has three distinct stores on Haight Street. Men will obsess over their colorful kicks at their Sneaker Pit store, including limited edition streetwear and brands like Onitsuka Tiger, Puma, and Vans. Up the road, the Super Shoe Biz boasts smart, drool-worthy styles of women’s and men’s shoes and boots. Their slick Adidas concept shop sits on the second floor.
    If it’s Halloween, Burning Man, or you just feel like channeling your inner drag queen, hit up Piedmont Boutique, directly under the dangling, fishnet-adorned legs. Boas, animal-prints, wigs, sequins, spandex are all on-hand here.
    Don’t try to walk out of Amoeba records without spending at least $100. It’s bound to happen, so don’t feel bad. Amoeba has an overwhelming array of CDs, Vinyl, and DVDs for sale and one of the best reggae selections I’ve ever seen (outside of Down Home Music across the bridge in El Cerrito). They also host live music and artist signings randomly.
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