Thrift shops have become a hotspot of fashion for San Francisco’s youth. In this photo essay, I endeavored to photograph and interview people whom I met at these stores to showcase their experiences with thrifting.
“In the past few years I’ve turned clothing into not just a necessity but into a form of self expression,” Prince said while thrifting at the Salvation Army on Valencia Street. “Now I thrift a few times a month.”
Ellie (pictured on the right) and her friends, whom I met at the Salvation Army on Valencia Street, have been thrifting their entire lives. “I think my mom got my stroller here actually,” Ellie says. This time around they are searching for dresses, baggy t-shirts, and long skirts. I met them both at the Salvation Army on Valencia Street.
This thrifter was photographed at Goodwill on Haight Street.
Prince stands outside of the Goodwill Boutique in West Portal.
Tyler Akers works at the Goodwill Boutique on West Portal Avenue. According to him, they mostly receive women’s clothing, especially dresses.
Kiana Sezawar Keshavarz, pictured at Held Over, a secondhand store on Haight Street. Keshavarz thrifts because she loves that the clothes are cheaper and more unique compared to what you might find at the mall. She usually searches for jackets and pants, especially jeans.
“[When thrifting] I look for gaps in my wardrobe, but also just things that make me happy,” Prince said while sitting on a second-hand couch at Community Thrift in the Mission.