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While not everyone has a wide assortment of green attire in their closets, exceptions are often made for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, when parties and special events call for a true showing of the Irish colors. Many stores carry St. Patrick’s Day celebration items like shamrock buttons or hats, but there are a select few in the Bay Area where you can find a wider range of clothing and other accessories. No matter what your taste, there are places where you can celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day with a “wearin’ of the green.”
3820A San Pablo Dam Road
El Sobrante, CA 94803
This East Bay shop started as a dance studio with a small costume selection in 1990. They have since expanded their selection of rental costumes to now include over 10,000 items. The store carries a limited number of St. Patrick’s Day accessories in stock, including a leprechaun costume and a green top hat. Customers can also order from their vast array of catalogs, with a 10-12 day lead time and a guarantee that if you’re not satisfied with the costume, you can return it for a full refund with no restocking fee.
2570 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Party Heaven is one of the oldest costume shops in the Bay Area, having opened in 1978. They moved five years ago from a location in downtown Berkeley to a new site next to the University of California campus. They traditionally carry a wide range of St. Patrick’s Day items, including leprechaun outfits and fancy green top hats. Green suspenders are a big seller too.
939 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
One of the largest costume stores in San Francisco, this landmark in lower Nob Hill was actually started over 100 years ago in a different location on Mission Street. The store frequently rotates the stock and is known for having a wide selection of costumes and party-themed items. SF Party has a dedicated Irish section in the store that expands as it gets closer to March 17. They try to order different clothing items each year (including green jackets and leprechaun suits) for St. Patrick’s Day.
747 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94063
Family-owned and operated since 1985, the House of Humor claims to be the largest costume retailer in Northern California. They offer a wide range of costumes and accessories for any event during the year and are open seven days a week. They have a dedicated Irish section in their store that is stocked with Irish-themed bow ties and t-shirts. The store also carries full leprechaun suits along with green jackets, pants and shirts.
735 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
This San Francisco store has earned a reputation for being a good resource when you are seeking a full costume for many different events, including the annual Burning Man festival each August. They also carry a full line of Irish-themed costumes for purchase or rental. One of their most popular St. Patrick’s Day items is a full suit set decorated with shamrocks.