Best Thrift Store - 2008
Out of the Closet
At Out of the Closet's magenta-colored San Francisco locations, you can unearth the full range of secondhand clothing from "Wear to a job interview" to "Wear if you want to ensure you'll soon be needing a job interview." These aren't the only thrift stores in the city where you can walk in searching for Hush Puppies and leave with a pair of knee-high, silver-lamé moon boots (goldfish not included). But two things distinguish Out of the Closet: First of all, it'll take any items you drop off (trust us). Second, it's owned and operated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation — so you can walk tall in your silver waders. And, in addition to exceedingly cheap clothing, you could pick up 18 pounds of James A. Michener novels for three bucks, shot glasses from every tourist trap in the realm, lounge furniture, and even a full collection of record albums — at Out of the Closet, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass apparently never went out of style.