I Left My Wallet in San Francisco

I will never forget the reactions I got when I was vintage shopping in Auckland, New Zealand.  As soon as I mentioned that I lived in San Francisco, vintage shop owners were thrilled with expressions like ‘Oh you live in the mecca for vintage’ and  ‘I love San Francisco, I go there as often as I can to pick up pieces for my store.’

And it’s true, San Francisco is a vintage lovers dream come true.  After four years of living here, I have developed some favorites, conveniently all located on Haight-Ashbury.  So if you are wanting to leave your heart (and all your money) in San Francisco, here is where I recommend.

Decades of Fashion:


It’s like dying and going to vintage heaven!  There is so much here, it is easy to get overwhelmed.  But pace yourself and you are sure to be rewarded!

Relic Vintage:


The shop owner Oran is amazing!  He will help size you and pick out more incredible outfits while you are playing dress up.



I go here just for the shoes.  Since I gravitate towards clothes from the 30s through the 50s, Wastelands doesn’t have too much to offer me, but the shoe collection is enough to make any woman swoon.

Bettie Page:

Yes, I know it’s not vintage, but these 50s inspired outfits are incredible.  And you know those days when you are looking for a certain outfit and can’t find your size at any vintage store…..well it’s nice to go somewhere where you have the option of s-xl. I got this cute little summer dress last time I went in.  Now I just have to wait out this rainy winter until I can wear it!



About tulipsandcoffee

A lover of history, I enjoy exploring the Barbary Coast in search of fashion, food and Jack Kerouac’s old haunts.
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