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The 8 Best Shops for Last-Minute Bay to Breakers Costumes

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So you missed the Amazon Prime cutoff, and you're scrambling to assemble your Bay to Breakers costume for the big race on Sunday? Relax. You know you're in pretty much the best city in the world to shop for a costume, right? San Franciscans love nothing if not adopting an alternative identity via glitter and spandex. We've compiled the eight best places to shop for your B2B garb, and we put them on a handy dandy map so you can find one close to your hood.—Robyn Hagan Cain


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1. Costumes On Haight

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735 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 621-1356
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This place has quite possibly the most comprehensive selection of costumes in the city. Hats, accessories, full-fledged ensembles—this shop has it all, and the staff is super-helpful.

2. Mendels

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1556 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 621-1287
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Another Haight-Ashbury gem, Mendel’s has fabrics, paints, crafting supplies, and costume implements for those who take a more DIY approach to costuming.

3. Cliff's Variety

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479 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 431-5365
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Located next to the Castro Theatre, Cliff’s Variety has been a Castro constant for more than 75 years. If there’s an event that requires a costume in this city (which there always is), Cliff’s can help you get ready.

4. Fantastico

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559 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 982-0680
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Wigs galore, costumes, and way more. There’s limited parking in front of the SoMA party store, so consider one of the nearby pay lots.

5. Retro Fit Vintage

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910 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-1530
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If you’re digging a retro vibe for your running attire, consider this Mission-based shop for all of your B2B garb. Just keep in mind that this is vintage clothing; you’ll have to sort through racks to find your race-day look (which can also be part of the fun).

6. 826 Valencia

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826 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-5905
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So you want to be a pirate for a day? How could you not shop at “San Francisco’s only independent pirate supply store:" Bonus: All proceeds from the shop benefit 826 Valencia, a non-profit organization that helps students with their writing skills.

7. Fantasy Clothing

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1275 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 556-9900
Hats and masks, props and wigs, sales and rentals—they've got it all. After serving the Marin County’s costume needs for almost 30 years, Lisa and Ginny Schoelen moved their costume superstore across the bridge to San Francisco. If you have a costume idea, they can help you make it a reality.

8. Party City

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1685 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-8193
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Okay, this is a big box party store. But it’s an incredible big box party store. And it’s open until 8pm on Saturdays, which means it’s your best bet if you're a procrastinator. The costume selection peaks at Halloween, but there’s a reliable assortment of antennae, wigs, and other accoutrements year-round.

1. Costumes On Haight

735 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
This place has quite possibly the most comprehensive selection of costumes in the city. Hats, accessories, full-fledged ensembles—this shop has it all, and the staff is super-helpful.
735 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

2. Mendels

1556 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Another Haight-Ashbury gem, Mendel’s has fabrics, paints, crafting supplies, and costume implements for those who take a more DIY approach to costuming.
1556 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

3. Cliff's Variety

479 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Located next to the Castro Theatre, Cliff’s Variety has been a Castro constant for more than 75 years. If there’s an event that requires a costume in this city (which there always is), Cliff’s can help you get ready.
479 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

4. Fantastico

559 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Wigs galore, costumes, and way more. There’s limited parking in front of the SoMA party store, so consider one of the nearby pay lots.
559 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

5. Retro Fit Vintage

910 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
If you’re digging a retro vibe for your running attire, consider this Mission-based shop for all of your B2B garb. Just keep in mind that this is vintage clothing; you’ll have to sort through racks to find your race-day look (which can also be part of the fun).
910 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. 826 Valencia

826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
So you want to be a pirate for a day? How could you not shop at “San Francisco’s only independent pirate supply store:" Bonus: All proceeds from the shop benefit 826 Valencia, a non-profit organization that helps students with their writing skills.
826 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Fantasy Clothing

1275 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA
Hats and masks, props and wigs, sales and rentals—they've got it all. After serving the Marin County’s costume needs for almost 30 years, Lisa and Ginny Schoelen moved their costume superstore across the bridge to San Francisco. If you have a costume idea, they can help you make it a reality.
1275 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA

8. Party City

1685 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Okay, this is a big box party store. But it’s an incredible big box party store. And it’s open until 8pm on Saturdays, which means it’s your best bet if you're a procrastinator. The costume selection peaks at Halloween, but there’s a reliable assortment of antennae, wigs, and other accoutrements year-round.
1685 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103