Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Where I shop in San Francisco-2

An ongoing listing of where to buy cool stuff in SF-

Let's start with a wonderful San Francisco institution and one of the best places to buy art materials in the city.

SCRAP' Center for Recycled Art Parts) was created by SF Public Schools art teachers as a central place for businesses and individuals to donate materials. It is a huge place filled with an amazing variety of neat stuff (frame stock, tile and stone samples, graphic materials, artificial flowers & plants, kids' books, and much, much more [I once found a 3'X7' EXXON flag!]) at ridiculously low prices: $7.50 for a brown shopping bag full of whatever you can fit.
A bit tricky to find the first time but worth the trip. There is a map on the website which will help. I always caution people against taking their credit cards or too much money the first time lest they go overboard.

Building Resources Another great non-profit, sort of a construction version of SCRAP. Lots of windows, doors, tile, and an eclectic assortment of garden stuff and appliances. About a half-mile from SCRAP so a good one-two

Plumbing supplies:
Two retail establishments, one 1637 Fillmore between Geary & Post, Central Builders Supply is open Mon-Sat, has lots of plumbing and HVAC. Where SF plumbers shop on this side of town.
Map here:,+CA&sa=X&oi=locald&radius=0.0&latlng=37775000,-122418333,3838543089714629565
The other, Standard Plumbing and Hardware, 1019 Clement St near 11th has a very good selection of cast iron (up to 6") and is open on Sunday.
Map here:

Discount Builders, 1695 Mission, open 7 days. Decent prices, will cut wood to order, lots of tools and other hardware. One of the last centrally located lumber yards in SF.
Map here:
Beronio Lumber, 2525 Marin (near SCRAP and Building Resources)- Hardwoods, paneling, flooring. Quality wood products and lots of interesting scraps of wood for carving. Not cheap. Open Mon-Sat.
Web site and map here:

Linen Factory Outlet, 1001 Clement Street, at 11th Ave. a great factory-seconds linen store 400 thread-count sheet sets for $30-$40, 600 thread-count for $45.00. I bought the thickest, most plush towels I've ever owned there last year-leopard print Ralph Lauren bath towels for $7/ea. And because of this store I never sleep on anything less than 400 count sheets.
(same block as Standard Plumbing, above)
Map is slow to load:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCRAP's a great place. However, what I wanna know is if this is the same Stan Flouride that used to work at Squids in the 80s.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Stannous Flouride said...

Can you imagine there being another?
I ran into Penny H last November on Haight St, still as hot as ever.
Who is this who wants to know?

4:52 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

You can't handle the truth!
You forgot to add "Darla's Dildo shop" where you get your butt plugs!

3:05 PM  
Blogger Stannous Flouride said...

Nah Joe, like everyone else in Frisko, I get mine at Good Vibrations.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Jonny Dearborn said...

Thanks for the tips, so many great book stores and mom and pop organizations I dug are gone or going.
Thanks for keeping me up to date on a few spots I was unaware of, Cheers..

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Princess Pamela said...

You make me want to live in The City again...

1:21 AM  

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