Thrift Shop and Stage your Portland Home

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Whether you’re decorating your new home, need to add a few eye-catching touches to the home you’re selling, or looking for a place to donate your unneeded goods, Portland thrift shops are the place to go. Your purchase or donation supports a small business or local causes ranging from animal welfare to housing for the homeless, and with over fifty thrift shops in the city, there are plenty to choose from.

Thrift shopping is practically an unofficial sport in Portland, Oregon. Where else are our primal hunting instincts so well rewarded with kitschy and beautiful finds for great prices? Thrift shops are also a great reflection of the neighborhood’s character – a sneak peek into the lives led behind the front doors along your street.

Here are some of Portland’s popular spots and undiscovered gems of the thrift shopping universe, listed by neighborhood so you can find one close by.

Selling “everything from the practical to the beautiful”, Village Merchants in Richmond is an all-time favorite. This neighborhood as well as the nearby Hawthorne district are the place to go for bargain antiques, collectibles and clothing. If you are on the get-rid-of-it side of things, many of these stores will sell items on consignment or accept trade-ins on clothing.

Farther south, the Sellwood neighborhood is the home of the infamous Goodwill Outlet. Also known simply as “The Bins”, the place is a mecca for those who love junk. Everything that doesn’t sell in Goodwill Stores is taken here and given one last chance to sell at super-cheap prices. You might not find a treasure, but the camaraderie of sorting and snatching is what makes the experience unique.

The neighborhoods here each hold their own thrifting gems. ReRun, in the King neighborhood on Fremont, attracts thrifters from around the metro area. The extensive selection offers something of everything – clothes, collectibles, furniture and household necessities.
Just around the corner in Beaumont-Wilshire, you’ll find Patti Smith West, where you can find unique art made from repurposed items. For vintage bling and one-of-a-kind clothing, head to Concordia neighborhood’s Red Fox Vintage, another Portland favorite.

East Portland
Hazelwood home owners are lucky to have Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in their neighborhood. Buy or donate hardware and paint to while doing the earth a favor and keeping it out of the landfill. They accept and sell household items as well.
Nearby Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood is home to a similar used-housewares shop, Tool Shed Ted’s, as well as Finder’s Keepers Thrift Shop – both worth checking out.

These are just some of the many Portland neighborhoods that thrift shoppers love – and you will too. If you are selling or buying a home in Portland, don’t hesitate to contact me. Just like thrift shopping, handling real estate transactions requires a discerning eye and persistent attitude. Your Portland real estate agent will walk you through the entire home buying or selling process. Now that’s priceless!

April 30, 2013

Stephen FitzMaurice

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