While the pieces are quintessentially SF-thrift, the store and prices are not.Two weeks was all it took for Stephanie Madrinan to get her store, 31 RAX up and running. This airy, vaulted-ceiling space use to house a gym, so when she moved in, Stephanie made use of the metal scraps, lockers and other materials the previous owners left behind to erect dressing rooms and clothing racks. Building her store out of recycled materials just made sense since that’s the basis of what she sells here: vintage-thrift clothing she hand-picks during bi-monthly trips to one of the nation’s biggest fashion capitals: L.A. Even though the clothes are from down south, the styles Stephanie chooses would look good walking down Valencia for a cup of coffee or waiting in a brunch line in Hayes Valley. While the pieces are quintessentially SF-thrift, the store and prices are not. In fact, the organization and cleanliness of the store and clothing has caused some passersby to peer in and comment “Hm, looks expensive.” But with dresses going for $15 and all guy’s t-shirts priced at $9, you could easily pull together a try-on pile without checking one price tag. When’s the last time you did that?
31 RAX just opened its doors last month, but keep an eye on the store’s site for upcoming event announcements. Stephanie’s already hosted speed dating (two attendees are now dating!) and bingo and has a whole list of fun ideas up her her fashionable sleeves.
Skirts, $12 – $15
Dresses, $15 – $18
Guy’s T-shirts, $9
Vests, $10 – $12
Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.