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Pop some tags at these thrift spots
Shopping vintage is a great way to make sure no one shows up to the party wearing the same outfit as you. | Photo via @pioneersquare, @bonvoyagevintage
When it comes to Seattle’s shopping scene, we love a good treasure hunt — and a good bargain. Our city is home to a plethora of thrift shops, swap meets, co-ops, vintage stores, and resale gems.

Get in loser, we’re going shopping.

Vintage stores

Fremont Vintage Mall, Fremont
Not only can you find super unique threads in this two-story treasure, you can also snag local art, knick-knacks, jewelry, furniture, and lots of records while you wander the maze of racks and shelves. You may also spot the store’s booth at a variety of flea markets.

Red Light Vintage, U District
Flannels, jackets, tops, and thrift faves like Carhartt pants and Levis jeans can be discovered on the racks. The back area stores costumes for those dress-up occasions.

Thrift shops

Out of the Closet, Capitol Hill
Shop used clothes, books, and more at this establishment that raises funds and awareness for AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Goodwill’s Seattle Outlet, SODO
Get digging through the vast inventory of pre-owned clothing and housewares where some items are priced by their weight (making them even cheaper than typical Goodwill prices). See additional Goodwill shops in Seattle.

Stop ‘N Shop Thrift Store, West Seattle
Sales here benefit the West Seattle Senior Center, so you can shop clothing + accessories, home items, and knickknacks with a clear conscience.

Assistance League of Seattle Thrift Shop, Wallingford
The proceeds from this quaint consignment store’s clothes, accessories, and housewares go to education programs around the city. You can also check out its wares on Poshmark.

Pioneer Thrift, Pioneer Square
Most clothes donated to this org go straight to Seattle’s unhoused population, but items that aren’t suited for people living outside are sold to benefit the shop’s Supported Employment Program.
The Line Bike Experience
Tuesday, May 21
  • PRO Furniture Artists and Q&A | Tuesday, May 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Via Zoom, Seattle | Free | Learn new tricks from the comfort of your own home — this panel is sharing hot tips on furniture flipping, repair, and more.
  • Author talk: Miranda July with Laurie Frankel | Tuesday, May 21 | 7:30 p.m. | Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle | $5-$25 | July shares her craft of identity exploration + details about her upcoming second novel, “All Fours.”
  • girl in red: Doing It Again World Tour! | Tuesday, May 21 | 8 p.m. | Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle | $50 | Catch City Editor Madeline screaming their head off to tracks by this Norwegian alternative pop artist touring for her newest album “I’M DOING IT AGAIN BABY!”
Wednesday, May 22
  • Seattle Storm vs. Indiana Fever | Wednesday, May 22 | 7 p.m. | Climate Pledge Arena, 334 First Ave. N., Seattle | $25-$1,000 | Yesterday might’ve had clear skies, but we feel a storm a-brewing...
  • Beer Trivia | Wednesday, May 22 | 7-9 p.m. | Outer Planet Brewing, 1812 12th Ave., Seattle | Free | As part of Seattle Beer Week, this brewery is hosting a trivia night covering the history of beer.
  • Madness - C’est La Vie In America | Wednesday, May 22 | 8 p.m. | WAMU Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle | $45-$51 | This English ska and pop band from Camden Town is bringing its ‘70s hits to Seattle.
  • Tribal Seeds | Wednesday, May 22 | 8:30 p.m. | The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle | $30-$35 | Two brothers make up this American-Mexican reggae band based in San Diego.
Thursday, May 23
  • Artist Series Celebration with Junko Yamamoto | Thursday, May 23 | 6-8 p.m. | Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville | $60-$75 | Browse featured works by Yamamoto while sipping wine + snacking on small bites.
  • Camp Long Night Hike and Owl Prowl | Thursday, May 23 | 7-9 p.m. | Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. SW, Seattle | $15-$40 | Join Seattle Parks and Rec for an informative night-time hike about nocturnal animals in the area.
  • Sour Fuzz | Thursday, May 23 | 8 p.m. | Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle | $15.45 | Local talents Long Shorts and Horsefight will be accompanying this Bellingham-based rock duo.
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Seattle Good Business Network
Aspire to retire? This startup wants to help you plan.
grey haired man sitting on a bench in a park in the springtime, wearing a blue t-shirt and a green jacket, smiling at the camera
A financial advisor could help you save and invest for retirement. | Photo provided by SmartAsset
This Princeton grad’s startup raised $161M to help people plan for retirement.

If you’re one of the whopping 110 million Americans over age 50 — or a wise millennial planning ahead — SmartAsset’s free quiz makes it easy to find vetted financial advisors who serve your area. Research suggests that people who work with a financial advisor could end up with 15% more money to spend in retirement.¹

Ready to kickstart your retirement plans?
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News Notes
  • Bruce Nordstrom, the head of Nordstrom Inc., died on Saturday, May 18 at the age of 90. As the grandson of the company’s founder, Nordstrom saw the Seattle-based retailer establish a national reputation during his time as president of the chain and later work as co-chair. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • Golden Gardens’ newest beachside cafe is now open. The Kite Cafe serves up east-coast style sandwiches, salads, drinks, and more with an official grand opening planned for Thursday, May 23 at 1 p.m. It’s the product of two Ballard High School alums + lifelong friends Matt Kelly and Tony Meyer. (KING 5)
  • In a reading rut? Seattle’s Book Bingo might help get you motivated. The participatory program, which has a focus on themes of friendship this year, encourages adults to dive into new reads. The Book Bingo card will be released tomorrow, May 22 with 24 categories to pique your interest.
  • Seattle Public Utilities is seeking donations of small appliances, clothing, batteries, and compact furniture pieces for its Community Reuse and Recycling Event. Items can be dropped off at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church at 10005 32nd Ave. NE. on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Seattle came in at No. 13 for fastest-growing US cities — a continuing stark change from the intense growth we experienced in the 2010s. But we’re not alone — every major West Coast city has shrunk post-pandemic. (Seattle Times + GeekWire)
  • Washingtonians must love their dirty martinis. Data from the Social Security Administration identified the states top baby names in 2023 as Olivia and Oliver. The two names derive from the Latin word “oliva,” meaning “olive tree.” The runner-ups for girls’ and boy’s names were Liam and Amelia. (Seattle Times)
  • Kirkland’s Tech City Bowl closed on Saturday, May 18, after ~67 years of service in the Eastside. The City of Kirkland has already issued permits for site demolition + an apartment building in place of it. No projected completion date for the development has been announced yet. (KING 5)
  • Will the M’s trade for Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr.? Hear from the local experts on pressing questions concerning the Seattle Mariners with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    🏆 This year’s gold-getters
    A herd of people exit SIFF Egyptian theater's entry after a film screening, while a line of people are queued outside for the next screening taking place. People are spilling out onto the sidewalk and chatting amongst themselves.
    SIFF theaters queue people in standby lines outside before a screening starts, filling as many seats as possible. | Photo by SEAtoday staff
    Cue the applause — following the conclusion of SIFF’s 50th film festival, we now have the results for which productions were voted as fan favorites for the year.

    These Golden Space Needle Award recipients were chosen by those who attended festival screenings and can now be streamed on SIFF’s channel through Monday, May 27.

    Golden Space Needle Award Recipients

    A24 film “Sing Sing,” directed by Greg Kwedar, won Best Film. Oscar-nominated actors Colman Domingo and Paul Raci are among the cast portraying this true story of incarceration and self-discovery.

    “Porcelain War,” directed by Brendan Bellomo + Slava Leontyev, was recognized as Best Documentary. The doc follows artistic efforts during the on-going Russia-Ukraine war.

    Best Short Film was awarded to “Jellyfish and Lobster,” directed by Yasmin Afifi. The 20-minute story follows a mischievious elderly couple rediscovering their younger versions in a swimming pool.
    The Buy
    Pet accessories. Have the prettiest pooch at the park with these themed prints for summer thanks to Covey Collection.
    The Wrap
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    This newsletter is in honor of my sister, who is visiting for the week. We will definitely be hitting some of the thrift stops during her stay + catching a movie at SIFF.

    What do you like to do when hosting out-of-town visitors? I’d love some recs.
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