Where to Shop in San Francisco, California

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

Let’s face it.  San Francisco, California is one of the most beautiful city in the world.  When you see and hear certain distinct attributes like cable cars, Golden Gate Bridge, City by the Bay, and crookedest street in the world you think San Francisco.  Ahhh, let’s not forget it’s famous neighbors Napa Valley world famous for their wines, Silicon Valley for technology and Internet Techonology haven – huh?  Think about it, there’s Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Ebay, Paypal, Google and Yahoo just to name a few.

But what about the shopping experience?  The culture, the artistry, the crafters right here in San Francisco and all throughout the Bay Area?  I bet you didn’t know they are in abundance here in town.  So where do you go to find them?  Here’s a few places you can spot them.  Timing is everything.

1. Renegade Craft Faire SF – yes!  One of the BEST craft shows when they come to town.  Over 10,000 attended this weekend event to see local artists at their finest!  It is extremely popular, that over 600 applicants last year applied for the 200+ spots that are available.  Very cool and amazing talent you will find here at this show.  Check out their website on the next date.

Treasure Island Flea Market

Treasure Island Flea Market

2. Treasure Island Flea Market – 3rd weekend of every month.  You don’t want to miss this!  Local crafters, local artists flock to this event to show their stuff.  Lots of artisans there repurposing, upcycling and recycling old parts and wood to make their products they are selling.  It’s amazing the talent that is out there!

3. De Anza Flea Market – 1st Saturday of every month rain or shine.  It’s a combination of flea market showers and talent all rolled into one.

Alameda Point Antique Faire

Alameda Point Antique Faire

4. Alameda Point Antique Faire – need I say more?  This place is huge!  Over 800 vendors and dealers with items they are selling that are over 10-20 years old.  Very cool.  If you have never been, it’s a must go.  1st Sunday of every month.

5. Alemany Flea Market – every weekend.  Here you will find the storage locker lifers!  They are there in droves!  Be careful though.  Some dealers are a bit shady with their pricing and might take advantage of someone who may not be knowledgable about antique items.  But I tell you, there is a bunch of cool stuff there.

 

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