For New Years Eve 2011, I decided to spend a weekend in San Francisco. Although the trip was only 70 hours long and we were bombarded with rain, cold and major disorganization, I still made it out to some of my favorite shopping spots.
The first spot on my to do list was General Store (their website is currently under construction). General Store is a home goods store run by a husband/wife/dog team.
They sell Pendleton computer cases, airplants, vintage clothing, the new Arkitip and loads and loads of creative knick-knacks. Needless to say, I didn't leave this place without spending over $100, but I walked out with 5 items, not so bad.
Next on my list of places to go broke was The Painted Bird. The Painted Bird is a thrift shop in the mission that carries labels by various independent designers, deadstock jewelry and sunglasses and unique clothing for women and men. It's a small store, so you can go through everything in under 30 minutes, which is a big deal for those of us with short attention spans. There are always the cutest shop girls and clientele, and I have never ever left this place empty-handed, no joke. They have been around for over 5 years and rumor has it they are going to be opening up a store in LA.
The last place I went to on day one was Tartine Bakery. If you haven't heard of or been to Tartine you are living under a giant rock. It's annoyingly busy but, if you have the patience or a friend on the inside, this is definitely a place to check out. They carry the most delicious breads, pastries, coffee and savory foods. They owner was most recently written up in last month's Martha Stewart Living and receives personal gifts from people called Gwyneth Paltrow for his excellence.