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San Francisco, California

The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia

An essential stop before plundering, BYO Cutlass. 

 The Pirate Shop carries an extensive array of essential pirate paraphernalia: various Jolly Roger flags, glass eyes, lard, spyglasses, skeleton keys, etc. It’s also a book store associated with the 826 Valencia literacy program, McSweeney’s and The Believer literary journals. 826 was founded by the author Dave Eggers and its mission is to support under-resourced kids by teaching them a love for the literary arts and the skills to help them become great writers. 

The shop raises funds for their programs and acts as a local provisioning agent for anyone who wants to hit the high seas. However, while all pegleg and hook-hand needs can be met at the store may want to purchase a cutlass elsewhere as the following dialog illustrates:

Customer: We’re looking for daggers. Pirate Clerk: I’m afraid we don’t carry weapons. Customer: No Weapons?! What kind of pirate store is this? Pirate Clerk: One that is also a writing center for kids. Customer: Touche.

Know Before You Go

The Pirate Store is open everyday from 12-6pm.