|For the better
part of 60 years, Busvan for Bargains was San
Francisco's favorite retailer of ready-to-assemble shelves, bookcases,
and TV stands, as well as sofas and other furniture. For apartment dwellers
and first time homeowners not yet through the salad days but ready to trade
up from milk crate chic, Busvan filled the void between used items or department
store junk and high end decorator furniture. Both the 72,000 square feet
store on Battery Street and the smaller 244 Clement Street location were
always fun and funky. Both contained unique antiques in addition to the
(un)usual Busvan inventory. The family business announced its impending
closure in the spring of 2002.
Both Busvan locations displayed one of the nine automatonic clowns that were totems of the Fun House at Playland at the Beach.
Copyright 2002 Hank Donat