May 27, 2015

Secondhand News: 31 Rax Hits the Mission

A new destination for seekers of affordable, fashion-forward thrift has opened on the stretch of Mission flanked by Bernal Heights and Noe Valley. Dubbed 31 Rax, the shop offers a colorful array of clothing in an art-filled space complete with hardwood floors and a small lounge area.

Occupying the space formerly held by Bad Joe’s gym near other local favorites such as Blue Plate, Secession Art + Design, Locavore, the Argus and the Royal Cuckoo, the San Francisco secondhand boutique carries an ever-changing assortment of contemporary and vintage apparel and accessories handpicked by shop owner, Stephanie Madrinan (but you can call her Steph).

Named in honor of Madrinan’s birthday, New Year’s Eve, and her love for racks and racks of clothes, the shop has a comfy seating area and ample space in back for events and gatherings such as a speed dating shindig that took place there recently and an upcoming art show on Nov. 18.

But the real reason to go is Steph’s colorful selection of funky sweaters, 80′s-minded dresses and fun accessories – all at relatively affordable prices. A vintage python-print blazer made its way into my closet for a mere $14, and most items are priced between $9 and $20 bucks.

Stay tuned for accessories and wearables by independent designers such as Intwined, Angelique B and Garage Glamorous.

Last but not least, know this before you go: there’s a Scoutmob deal currently running that will save you 50 percent.

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