Rare Bird is a boutique that sells men’s and women’s clothing, personal care products, accessories, and gifts. They have been a vibrant part of the Piedmont Avenue district in Oakland since 2010. Rare Bird is a wonderful place to find small batch, hand-made artisan goods crafted by both local and national makers.
They offer a lovely collection of clothes and shoes that are both new and vintage consignment. Dresses, tops, pants, coats, and jackets can all be found in a variety of sizes. Accessorize your new outfit with beautiful handcrafted bags, hats, and jewelry including rings, necklaces, bracelets, and pendants. They also have nourishing personal care products including bathing salts, moisturizers, and palmades, as well as alchemy products such as tinctures and essential oils.
Want to decorate your home with beautiful one-of-a-kind items? Rare Bird has a wonderful selection of home goods such as candles, pillows, blankets, wall art, and books. They also give you the opportunity to make your own goods by offering classes and workshops in their next-door Makers Studio. Workshops include candle making, sewing, scent making, terrarium making, and much more. Indulge your inner maker and check out upcoming classes here.
Rare Bird is a space that celebrates the interaction between art and community. They have a gallery show that is open to the public every three months that showcases local artists. They also host free classes and events, all of which can be found here.
Parking in the area is a combination of metered street parking and hourly paid garage or lot. There is some free parking on the residential side streets, but parking is limited to two hours. The 57 bus stops at MacArthur and Piedmont, and 51 A bus stop on 40th and Broadway, near Piedmont Ave. There is a Kaiser shuttle that will take you from MacArthur BART to the Kaiser medical facility, which is two blocks away from the shop.