Rags to Riches - Seattle Style

May 8, 2018

Thrifting will never go out of style - thank you Macklemore & Ryan Lewis  

Besides saving the earth, minimizing waste, pollution, etc.. you know that when you shop second-hand you are purchasing something that has been worn, washed, basically been through the ringer and endured the test of time. Jackpot

 

photos Ivan Mrsic 

 

Always on the hunt, here are the freshest finds.

 

BUFFALO EXCHANGE

I almost exclusively shop the location in Ballard, although I've found a few nice things at their U-District shop. They may or may not buy your clothes, but they have a rad selection of clothing, shoes & accessories. That's right, RAD. Retro, Active & Designer. They also throw in a few newer, trendy items to mix things up.
 

CROSSROADS TRADING

My favorite location is in the U-District. This is where rich college kids drop off items that they've been gifted, or that they'd rather not be seen in twice. I've found brand new Prada dresses, one with the tag still on, and a Helmut Lang top, again with original tag. The location in Capitol Hill is also good times baby. Both have a large selection of purses, shoes + accessories.

 

The Furniture Guy

Don't let the name throw you, this guy also has a really nice assortment of clothing and purses in the back. It doesn't say so on his website, but it does irl. Situated in Greenwood.

 

Le Frock

Le Frock in Capitol Hill is more vintage than thrift, and the prices reflect that. I generally like their selection of coats and designer formal wear, but I really only come here for the vintage lingerie. Sont magnifiques mon cheri

 

Goodwill

On the other end of the spectrum, we have something a little more than tried and true. It's almost as if the person donating just walked right out of their clothes and hung them on the rack. Like, you can still smell the warm bodied sweat when you pull them off. If that doesn't deter you, then you win! Because you can't get a better price anywhere. I only shop the Goodwill in Edmonds and Ballard. They are cleaner and always seem to have things I like. I bought a brand new Juicy purse for $40 and the re-claimed vintage fur in the photos for $45. I also bought a United Colors of Benetton faux leather jacket but it still smells like some other girl's cheap perfume - like, it's not my cheap perfume - and I can't bring myself to put it on.

 

mood: Macklemore, Thrift Shop


 

 

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