Oakland’s shopping scene continues to up its game, offering multiple neighborhoods to browse, shops to peruse, and treasures to find. Start at Crimson Horticultural Rarities in the Temescal district to find a one-of-a-kind selection—ideal for updating your space with rare species and unusual plants. Then, check out the nearby Esqueleto for handcrafted and natural jewelry that takes ethics into account. Find the perfect outfit to compliment your new jewelry at Ali Golden, where everything is designed in Oakland, made with sustainability in mind, and crafted to last. End the Temescal shopping spree at Standard & Strange. While this spot specializes in menswear, there’s something for everyone between the socks, bags, bandanas, and numerous other items. Next, stop in Piedmont to visit Mercy Vintage and Neighbor so you can freshen up your wardrobe and stock up on decor before heading farther east.
Travel through the Caldecott Tunnel into Orinda Village to see one of the East Bay’s best consignment boutiques: Rechic 101. Specializing in high-quality clothing, accessories, and shoes, this trendy shop is the ideal place to get lasting, eco-friendly items at a discount. Take a break from shopping to grab a bite to eat or savor a cup of coffee at one of the local cafés before continuing on to the next town.
Once you’ve arrived, make your way to one of our favorite Lafayette stores, Venture Quality Goods, to get acquainted with some of California’s top-quality brands. Stocking sustainable, California-designed and -made brands—including Patagonia, Olukai, Marmot, and Carve Designs—outdoorsy apparel doesn’t get much better.
After exploring the charming town of Lafayette, stop by the independently owned Flashlight Books to pick up a paperback for your little ones and catch storytime. Then, walk down Walnut Creek’s lively Main Street to ThredUp. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of gently used women’s clothing and popular brands. This shop is an ideal way to transition to a capsule wardrobe and, as an added bonus, you can receive credit when you bring in clothes you don’t wear any more.