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Best Thrift Stores In Seattle

December 8, 2010 9:10 PM

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Need a new wardrobe, but the economy has your budget in lockdown? Is “reuse-recycle” a personal mantra? Or, maybe, are you just cheap? Good news — Seattle boasts a ton of thrift stores for your fashion bargain needs, including several in the SODO District. Check out Buffalo Exchange, Lifelong or the local flagship stores for the Salvation Army and Goodwill.

Salvation Army

1010 Fourth Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 624-0204
seattle.satruck.org
www.salvationarmynw.org

Though there are several Salvation Army thrift shops in the area, this one across from Qwest Field in the SODO District is the best right now. Having just reopened in October 2010, it’s big, new, clean and cheap — what more could you possible want? The old “attic” section with designer deals appears to be gone, but you can still find some gently used high-end fashions tucked away here and there.

Buffalo Exchange

U-District
4530 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 545-0175

Ballard
2232 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-5920
www.buffaloexchange.com

Kerstin and Spencer Block claim their store was the first of its kind to buy and sell clothing items and accessories on consignment. Originating in Arizona back in 1974, Buffalo Exchange now has two locations in Seattle. Most of the stock on the racks comes from folks around the SeaTac area. Designer wares can be had for the dedicated and the lucky, but prepare yourself — according to Inked Magazine, this shop is a place where “the hip fight each other to snatch a treasurable item from someone else’s castoffs.”

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Lifelong Thrift Store

1017 E. Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 957-1655
lifelongaidsalliance.org

A cheery gem on the Capitol Hill border, Lifelong goes beyond the usual thrift shop deal with further pink and green tag sales. Not everything is super-cheap, but take heart — all proceeds here go to the Lifelong Aids Foundation.

Value Village

1525 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-7789
www.valuevillage.com

This Capitol Hill destination gives you three floors of stuff ranging from the stellar to the strange. Don’t plan on hanging out here — just head in, hunt down a treasure, wash it at home a few times and count yourself ahead. Besides it’s racks and racks of clothes, VV has lots of used books. Head downstairs to find the furniture.

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Seattle Goodwill Outlet

1765 Sixth Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 957-5516
www.seattlegoodwill.org/shop/stores/seattleoutlet
www.facebook.com/SeattleGoodwill

Here is where items unloved at regular stores go into final exile. SODO’s Goodwill is 16,000 square feet of ultimate bargain bin designer cast offs. It’s a dirty job, but often well worth the digging effort. Wear some gloves when rummaging in search of your affordable victories.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

13445 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98168
(206) 243-6370
www.svdpseattle.org

An “also ran” in Seattle’s current thrift store landscape, St. Vincent de Paul’s is pretty plain — smaller, no fancy displays — but it should still make your radar for jackets and other clothing items. It might be just the right size for that thing you’ve found nowhere else.

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