ALA Midwinter: Thrifting and Vintage Shopping in Seattle

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Even if you haven’t heard of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis yet, it’s likely that your library teens are big fans. Hailing from Seattle, the duo’s independently released album, The Heist entered at #1 on the US iTunes charts in October, 2012. In this video for the song “Thrift Shop,” you can listen to Macklemore extolling the virtues of thrifting while watching him patronize some of the recommended shops on this list.

Note: The song contains offensive language and is NSFW!

Seattle boasts a wide variety of thrift shops, vintage boutiques, and resale stores scattered throughout its neighborhoods. Sure, the city has great shopping downtown, but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, not saturated with tourists, and a little less corporate, here are just a few favorites.

Pretty Parlor
119 Summit Ave. E
Seattle, WA ‘ 98102
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
(206) 405-CUTE
http://www.prettyparlor.com
Voted best vintage and resale in Western Washington this cute, pink-heavy, boutique carries locally designed upcycled clothes and vintage consignments (clothing, shoes, accessories, and wedding dresses). They also have a small selection of men’s clothes and shoes. Be sure to greet the kitties when you stop by!

Red Light Vintage
312 Broadway East
Seattle, WA ‘ 98102
(206) 329-2200
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
http://www.redlightvintage.com
An overwhelming eclectic selection of one-of-a-kind vintage fashion and costumes. Red Light is featured in the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” video.

Indian Summer
534 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
(206) 588-0717
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indian-Summer/148083728541522?ref=ts
Small vintage boutique known for the creative window displays. Bonus – located a block from the famously tasty Top Pot Doughnuts.

Cairo Seattle
507 E. MERCER
Seattle, WA ‘ 98102
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
http://cairocollectionseattle.com
Another small vintage boutique on the same block as Indian Summer. They specialize in vintage 80s – 90s era garb, handcrafted geometric necklaces with crystals, art, and silk screened shirts. The store is also used as an event space, gallery, silkscreening studio, and record label.

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Fremont Vintage Mall
3419 Fremont Place North
Seattle, Washington 98103
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
(206) 548-9140
http://fremontvintagemall.com/
This spacious vintage mall is filled with vendors selling clothing, furniture, records, knick knacks, and more. Stop by if you’re on a mission for authentic Seattle World’s Fair collectibles.

Atlas Clothing (Located inside the Fremont Vintage Mall)
3419 Fremont Place N
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-4460
atlasclothing.net
A shop/vendor located inside of the Fremont Vintage Mall that specializes in clothing and accessories from the 1940s through the early 1990s.

Fremont Sunday Market
400 N 34th St
(between Canal St & N Phinney Ave)
Seattle, WA 98103
Neighborhood: Fremont
(206) 781-6776
http://www.fremontmarket.com
A combination flea and farmer’s market featuring handcrafted jewelry, antiques, vintage clothing, food trucks, street artists & ‘ musicians, collectibles, and more.

Vintage Angel
3519 B Fremont Pl N
Seattle, WA 98103
Neighborhood: Fremont
(206) 501-8957
https://www.facebook.com/VintageAngelCompany?fref=ts
This vintage cowboy-themed shop carries a huge selection of cowgirl and cowboy boots, button-down plaid shirts, prairie dresses, and leather accessories.

Lifelong Thrift Store
1017 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98102
Neighborhood: First Hill
(206) 957-1655
http://www.lifelongaidsalliance.org
A great little thrift store with a great cause. They sell used clothing, furniture and household items. All proceeds go to the Lifelong Aids Foundation.

Goodwill: Seattle Outlet Store
1765 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
Neighborhood: SODO
(206) 957-5516
http://www.seattlegoodwill.org/shop/locations/seattle-outlet
Because this is an outlet store, most of their items are sold by the pound, which equates to some pretty amazing deals! This is the Goodwill featured in the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis video.

Pacific Galleries
241 S Lander St
Seattle, WA 98134
Neighborhood: SODO
(206) 292-3999
http://www.pacgal.com
A gigantic warehouse filled with antiques and collectibles. Be prepared to wander for hours.

For more suggestions of things to do in Seattle, the Local Arrangements Committee invites you to check out YALSA’s Midwinter wiki.

~ Kristy Gale,’ YALSA Local Arrangements Committee,’ Midwinter Seattle 2013′ (teen services librarian with the Tacoma Public Library)

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