highpeaklad
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San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:33 pm

I am visiting San Francisco from 19 Nov till 23 Nov then flying to Chicago ( on a 747 ! ) where I'll be from 24 Nov till 26 Nov ie. over Thanksgiving. I'm hoping to pick up lots of bargains in the shops. Where will be cheaper/better? Will there be lots of bargains on the friday after Thanksgiving? Any help appreciated.

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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:48 pm

I havent been to Chicago but have been to San Francisco. It depends what your looking for, if you want designer name boutiques then San Francisco is your place but I doubt it will be cheap or you have got the tourist shops around Fishermans Wharf. We didn't find any normal shopping malls in the downtown area of San Fran like there is in other US cities, there is a nice big Old Navy there though, I love shopping there much nicer clothes then over here.
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:00 am

I live in San Francisco but rarely shop here. To find some decent prices, my recommendation is to take a drive up to the Napa outlet stores:

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=25

While you're up there you can check out the wine country.  Smile

Enjoy your trip.

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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:06 am

Since you'll be in Chicago on the day after Thanksgiving, arguably the biggest shopping day of the year, if you can stand the crowds, wait until then, if you're going for price.

Pickup a copy of the newspaper on Thursday, and it will be filled with flyers for all the stores, and masses of percentage off coupons, early-bird specials, etc. Then set the alarm for 4AM, and hit the shops around 6.  Smile
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:55 am

Chicago's Magnificent Mile is a shoppers paradise. I was dragged to and fro there several years ago by my former spouse - she needed someone to haul everything around . . . even made a trip back to the hotel with a load while she continued to shop. What is it with women and shopping? Anyway, I digress, I vote for the Mile in Chicago . . . it's fantastic if shopping is your thing.
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:57 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
What is it with women and shopping?

You don't just buy the first gown you see! Oh wait, you said women. Nevermind.
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:00 am

Or you can head south to Gilroy, or east to Vacaville for the outlet malls, but it's just the same crap you can get anywhere.

The Nordstroms in San Francisco is nice for all the holiday decorations...

Gilroy is accessible by CalTrain, but not sure of how close the outlet mall is to the station.

There is also this enormous Ford Motor Plant converted into a mall over in the East Bay....

What is it your wanting to shop for? Can't imagine it would be electronics since most everything is not compatible from US to UK.
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highpeaklad
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 7:21 am

Thanks for the info guys. I've been to SFO several times before so know what to expect from there. I'm probably after clothes mainly or anything else that takes my fancy! I'm mainly curious as to whether things are generally more expensive in one city or the other. If there's something in SFO that I really want I'll just buy it in case I can't find it in Chicago.
Also (and this is a bit specific) does anyone Know where you can get individual salt and pepper shakers ? My parter and I bought a set of 8 from Crate and Barrel many years ago and every time we've been back we've looked for more but they stopped selling them. Now we've split up and are in disagreement over who gets them! It is an amicable split before you get the idea that I think the world revolves around such trivial things but it would just be nice to get some more.

Cheers

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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 7:36 am

Quoting Highpeaklad (Reply 7):
Know where you can get individual salt and pepper shakers ? My parter and I bought a set of 8 from Crate and Barrel many years ago and every time we've been back we've looked for more but they stopped selling them

I would try Gump's just off Union Square. They sell all the high end china, so they'd be more likely to have something specific like salt and pepper shakers for each place setting, and would order/ship almost anything they can get that's not in stock. Call ahead or e-mail, tell them you're from overseas and ask for the services of a personal shopper for a 1/2 hour or so. They'll be more than happy to accomodate if you've specific things in mind.

http://www.gumps.com/

Edit: I just thought of something else. Since you'll be shopping downtown, you could also just walk up Grant Ave. into Chinatown (only a couple of blocks diversion), where the shops have a lot of porcelain tableware--if you're looking for something less expensive, they might have something that'd suit you.

[Edited 2005-10-17 00:59:03]
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highpeaklad
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 8:09 am

OK forget about the salt and pepper thing. I just checked on the Crate and Barrel website and they're selling them again! And reduced from$14.99 to $9.99 ! What an exciting life I lead.lol
Thanks again
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:45 pm

Chicago, definitely.

Magnificent Mile
Water Tower Place
State Street
Rush Street
Boystown
Wrigleyville

The one you will have heard about, by far the most, is the Magnificent Mile. But once you get to Superior Street make sure you wander west towards Rush Street and head north up through there. You'll find great shops and great boutiques.

State Street down in the loop is also recommended. But several stores there can be hit or miss. You'll get to see Marshall Field's for its last Christmas before becoming a Macy's.

Boystown and Wrigleyville are neighborhoods with excellent boutiques.
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:47 pm

Quoting STLGph (Reply 10):
Water Tower Place

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Forgot that one completely . . . .
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RE: San Francisco Or Chicago For Shopping?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:55 pm

Nothing beats the magnificent mile (Michigan ave) in Chicago. You can also
drive all the way to Woodfield mall (Illinois' #1 tourist destination).
Chicago has great shopping , did not shop much in San Fran.

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