USA: Where To Go To Shop Like A Girlboss In San Francisco

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Published 14 May 2017


Binged on the latest Netflix series Girlboss yet?

“Loosely” based on the rags-to-riches rise from eBay vintage seller to fashion website maven by Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal fame (known as ‘Sophia Marlowe’ in the show), the first season of Girlboss is set against a backdrop of San Francisco’s best thrift, pre-loved and vintage shops.

Taking its name from Amoruso’s best-selling 2014 memoir #Girlboss, the Netflix series shows a San Francisco beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies and Fisherman’s Wharf as Sophia trawls her way through thrift stores and hipster dives in San Francisco’s counter-culture, hippie neighbourhood Haight Ashbury.

Here’s where to shop the vintage stores featured in Girlboss, and bonus – they’re all in a one-block radius that’s easy to navigate in those mint-condition ‘70s platforms.


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The Wasteland

This is the spot for more current designer gear as well as vintage threads, from covetable Gucci slides to that classic Chanel quilted bag.

1660 Haight Street

Buffalo Exchange

Great vintage finds and a popular spot to find pre-loved clothing for men and women in the Bay Area (there’s also a store in the Mission).

1555 Haight Street

Piedmont Boutique

Known as the ‘store with the legs’ due to the iconic leggy mannequin coming out of the window, this is the spot for glam getups with faux fur, sequins and feathers galore.

1452 Haight Street


Looking for a steampunk-inspired corset or velvet tails and top hat? This is the place to shop industrial Victoriana style.

1552 Haight Street  


Want more? Here’s more Haight Street vintage stores to rummage through…

Decades of Fashion

Clothing from the 1880s to 1980s, all arranged by decade for easy browsing, plus gorgeous accessories.

1653 Haight Street

Crossroads Trading Co.

With Crossroads locations across the US, hit up the Haight Street store for gently used in-season and basic secondhand clothing.

1519 Haight Street

Held Over

One of the original Haight Ashbury thrift shops, Held Over is the spot for retro finds like vintage tees and ‘70s jumpsuits.

1543 Haight Street

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