The wave of summer hit SF pretty hard recently. This means barbecues, beach days, and if you are me – the realization that you need some fresh summer clothes. I feel bad spending a lot of money on warm weather clothes in a city where the season is a kind of a joke. Enter thrift stores.

When it comes to these places, we San Franciscans are pretty spoiled. There are hundreds of used, vintage, and consignment stores to choose from. With the Pride Parade this weekend, there is a huge market for cheap funky outfits that you may never wear again. The competition for the attention of thrifty San Franciscans could be fierce, but I have to tell you, Goodwill is dominating the town.

This coming weekend, the already dirt-cheap thrift store chain is having one of their semi-annual sales. On Friday, June 25 and Saturday June 26, at all Goodwill retail stores in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties, clothing items are just $2 each and shoes are 50% off. There are 14 stores in the Bay to choose from. Find your closest location here.

If you are really interested in penny pinching check out the As-Is outlet at 11th and Mission. The sale doesn’t apply there but prices start at 50 cents. Clothes that don’t sell in other locations end up here., so the downside is that this is the bottom of the barrel.

If that’s really not your style then you should check out their boutique stores. On Sunday, clothes and shoes are 50% off at their two locations. Apparently, this is where all the really good stuff ends up. Name brands and never worn items are plucked from the masses of donated clothes and sent here.

If you’re headed over to the sale, why not clean out those closets and bring some items to donate? You can fill out a donation form online ahead of time, to ensure those 2010 tax credits. Goodwill says that if’s an item you wouldn’t be embarrassed to hand off to a friend, it’s perfect for a donation.

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