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Players Outlet (1420 Macdonald Ave., Richmond, 510-965-0502) specializes in puffy down jackets, Fubu-wear, Platinum shirts, sports jerseys, Raiders stuff, baggy pants, hoodies, jogging outfits, and caps with pot-leaf logos.
Slash (2840 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-665-5994, SlashBerkeley.com), an Elmwood mainstay whose genius salespeople have been matching men and women with perfect-fitting denim since 1979, carries new and vintage Levi's and other midpriced brands.
Urban Outfitters (2590 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-486-1300, UrbanOutfitters.com) is for fashion-forward students seeking new duds for class and beyond.
Clothing — Used & Vintage
Buffalo Exchange (2585 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA, 510-644-9202, BuffaloExchange.com) carries some vintage items, weird stuff from overseas, and, yes, barely worn H&M and Forever 21.
Community Thrift Store (625 Valencia St., San Francisco, 415-861-4910, CommunityThriftSF.org)
Crossroads Trading Co. (2338 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-843-7600; 5636 College Ave., Oakland, 510-420-1952, CrossroadsTrading.com) is where you can net some serious big-label scores on jeans and tops.
Down at Lulu's (6603 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-601-0964, DownatLulus.com) is a kitschy, party-cool store where you can get rock 'n' roll boots and 1980s neon; it's also a hair salon.
Maribel (3251 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 510-419-0677) high-ticket designer items in a true consignment boutique setting.
Mars Mercantile (2398 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, 510-843-6711) boasts two floors of vintage — guayaberas to Donna Reed housedresses to ironic T-shirts to 1980s prom — with a $20 median price and a stock that's organized by era and/or style.
Mercy Vintage Now (4188 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-654-5599)
Nifty As Is (218 I St., Antioch, 925-778-7747) is where you can find real old-fashioned thrift-store deals and standard charity-shop gear for the unheard-of-in-the 21st-century prices of $1 or $2.
Painted Bird (1201A Guerrero St., San Francisco, 415-401-7027)
Pretty Penny (5488 College Ave., Oakland, 510-594-9219, PrettyPennyClothing.com) boasts local designers mixed with the, well, pretty side of the 20th century — rainbow prints, strappy sandals, and flowery purses — and shares space with Saturn Records, so you can browse music, too.
Retro-Fit Vintage (910 Valencia St., San Francisco, 415-550-1530)
Rockridge Rags (5711 College Ave, Oakland, 510-655-2289) is a somewhat conservative consignment boutique.
Schauplatz (791 Valencia St., San Francisco, 415-864-5665)
Thrift Town (16160 E. 14th St., San Leandro, 510-278-1766; 3645 San Pablo Dam Rd., El Sobrante, 510-222-8696; 41200 Blacow Rd. #E., Fremont, 510-661-9150) specializes in $10-and-under, neatly organized, and clean wares, with designer labels represented and 1960s and 1970s items totally findable.
Twisters Vintage (2445 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-9478) offers a wide selection of vintage menswear, glamorous jewelry, and cocktail dresses at the midrange prices.
Food & Drink
99 Ranch (3288 Pierce St., Richmond, 510-558-210) is an Asian-foods supermarket with (live) fish, tofu, and meat sections, and specialties like bitter-melon and mochi ice cream.
AG Ferrari (2905 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2701) is a squeaky-clean establishment where you can stock up on salads, sandwiches, and all the makings for a perfect picnic.
Alameda Natural Grocery (1650 Park St., Alameda, 510-865-1500) is an emporium of natural meats, bulk items, and organic produce, and it has its own roomy parking lot.
Alameda Wine Co. (2315 Central Ave., Alameda, 510-523-9463) gets points for good prices and friendly service.
Bakesale Betty (5098 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-985-1213) attracts long lines during lunch for its famous fried-chicken sandwiches.
Baron's Meat & Poultry (1650 Park St., Alameda, 510-864-1915) serves fresh and marinated meats, fish, and more.
Berkeley Bowl (2020 Oregon St., Berkeley, 510-843-6929; 920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, 510-898-9555, BerkeleyBowl.com) features the nation's most expansive produce section, with an in-house restaurant at the opposite end.
Berkeley Farmers' Markets (Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Center St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley; Tuesdays, 2 p.m-7 p.m., Derby St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley; Thursdays, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Shattuck Ave. at Rose St., Berkeley, EcologyCenter.org/bfm) features super fresh seasonal produce, along with breads, oils, other organic foods — and samples.
Bittersweet Chocolate Café (5427 College Ave., Oakland, 510-654-7159) proffers drinks, pastries, and bars from chocolate dulce de leche pudding to chocolate Thai iced tea.
Blacksmith Cellars (218 Haight Ave., Alameda, 510-917-0537) was named the area's best winery by East Bay Express readers.
Charles Chocolates (6529 Hollis St., Emeryville, 510-652-4412) carries elegant bars, truffles, and other treats all made traditionally with no artificial ingredients, and many incorporate exotic fruits, nuts, tea, and other surprises.
Cheese Board Collective (1504 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-3183) lets you choose from a world's worth of cheese; it's picnic central, and the breads are often still warm from the oven.
Crixa Cakes (2748 Adeline St., Berkeley, 510-548-0421), like an old-fashioned Eastern European bakery, has everything from chocolate-cherry mousse cake to Fatima's Thighs.
Du Vin Fine Wines (2526 A Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, 510-769-9463) also includes affordable selections spanning the globe, from Argentina to New Zealand.
El Cerrito Plaza Farmers' Market (Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. year round, ElCerritoPlaza.com/farmers_market.htm) features super fresh seasonal produce, along with breads, oils, other organic foods — and samples.
Farmer Joe's (3501 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 510-482-8178), not to be confused with Trader Joe's, is a natural grocery with friendly staff and an ample selection of organic packaged goods, baked goods, produce, and more.
Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (6218 La Salle Ave., Oakland, 510-864-9463) restores dignity to a perfect pairing with well over one hundred types of cheese and a calendar of events for new vinophiles.
Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park St., Alameda, 510-864-2733) reminds you why bread is called the staff of life.
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