Thursday, November 23, 2006

Crossroads - Inner Sunset, Fillmore, Castro, Haight Ashbury

"You have some cool clothes, but...." This is the mantra that must be part of the training for anyone who takes a buyer/cashier job at Crossroads. If you want to sell your frocks, don't bother unless you have designer clothes, or premium brand names, like Levis big E's. Then, if you're lucky, you'll get $5 cash - or $8 in trade.

The selectiveness of the buyers is not reflected in the stock for sale but if you hunt you can find a few good things. For example, a recent shopping trip yielded a $300 pair of brand new, straight legged ACNE jeans for $60. A few designer garments, about 10-20 per store, are hung on the wall above the clothes racks, but overall, there is a lot of polyester, a bunch of t-shirts and jeans and some new, disposable Forever 21-type clothes. If you don't mind used shoes, some real bargains can be had on solid labels. Cute bags, purses and junk jewelry are a good way to complete your environmentally and fiscally correct recycled outfit.

The Sunset branch has the best selection for women, while the Castro branch has the most men's wear.

1519 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

1901 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

555 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

2123 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'd acutally suggest that the Fillmore location typically gets the "best" clothes for women, if by "best" you mean designer and boutique clothing. If by best you mean "forever 21" or vintage-y stuff, well, by all means, look elsewhere.

Crossroads typically buys only good condition clothing from the last year or so, and buys only in season. if you brought in a bunch of vintage stuff, for example, they wouldn't buy it, because they don't buy lots of vintage (try Buffalo Exchange -- they cultivate a more 'punk'/'thrift' aesthetic, whereas Crossroads is mostly going to be selling to a more middle of the road customer).

As for being picky, well, there are *some* bad buyers, but it's more often there's bad sellers, who basically stop at crossroads before they dump their shit off at goodwill.

You're right though, politely telling the customer that their clothes don't meet the grade *IS* something they get trained in, because they have to do it every day, multiple times a day.

just thought you'd be interested.