Saturday, October 23, 2010

City Guide - Seattle, WA

Over ten years ago I lived in Seattle, I moved away and over a decade later I find myself here again. Some of the stores I used to haunt are still around, some have closed. Some new ones have been added to my list. Part of me doesn't want to share them! They're great stores and there's a little selfish voice saying "no keep them secret!" but that's not really what this blog is about, it's about sharing and helping. So in full disclosure, here are my stores.

North Seattle:

Goodwill (Shoreline) 14500 15th Ave, Shoreline, WA 98155
This is a great Goodwill. It's huge and there's a ton of CDs and records. Lot's of housewares as well.

St. Vincent De Paul (Shoreline) 13555 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133
Another dirty St. Vincent's. Why are they always so ghetto? This one was crowded but it had a huge book section and decent housewares section.

Fremont Vintage Mall 3419 Fremont Place N, Seattle, WA 98103
I love this antique mall, it's huge and right in the middle is Jive Time Records overstock vinyl. There are tons of sellers, most of it is overpriced but there are still deals to be found. They have a huge clothes section and a ton of Pyrex.

Goodwill (Ballard) 6400 8th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
They have a great cd section, I remember buying a lamp there but not much else. Clean store.

Value Village (Ballard) 8700 15th Ave. NW, Seattle WA 98117
The parking here was tough and getting into the parking lot was tricky. Very helpful staff, clean. Great selections of plates and serving stuff. Once you've been to one Value Village you've been to them all but it's a great chain, sometimes overpriced but always clean and well organized.

Lifelong Thrift Store 1017 E. Union St. Seattle, WA 98122
When I was in this store they were re-doing the housewares section so I didn't get a chance to look at that stuff but they have a great selection of funky clothes and a big vinyl section. They only have about three parking spots though.

Salvation Army 1010 Fourth Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98134
This store was just remodeled and it's great. The parking was really tricky before now it's all under the store. Good cd selection, lots of furniture. My only complaint is that they have little displays of housewares ALL over the store, by clothes, by the electronics. I prefer all my stuff in one place.

Goodwill Outlet Store 1765 6th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98134
This place is a pass unless you're looking for clothes, that's all there is there. It's in a bad area and the place is just kinda skeevy.

Goodwill Store 1400 S. Lane St. Seattle, WA 98144
This is one of my favorite stores. It's HUGE, clean and there's tons of furniture, lots of housewares and I always find an awesome vintage blanket when I'm there.

West Seattle/Burien:
American Cancer Society 4535 California Ave SW, Seattle 98116
Smallish, a little old lady geared, lots of clothes, no furniture.

Antique Mall of West Seattle 4516 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116
This is one of those great super crowded antique malls. It's three floors. Filled with clothes, signage, housewares and a TON of Pyrex. Some of the sellers are overpriced but there's a lot to see.

Goodwill 1031 South West 128th St, Burien, WA 98146
This is a great store that I had previously written off but as of late it's become a real treasure trove of Pyrex for me. Usually I walk in there and find a great piece. Good cd selection, clean and a friendly staff. I also found my $17 Steamer Trunk there.

Salvation Army 16033 1st Ave S, Burien, WA 98148
This store is hit and miss. Sometimes I'll find some awesome stuff all at once and some times I'll walk out empty handed. The staff is great but the selection is never big enough for me.

Value Village 131 SW 157th St, Burien, WA 98166
Always a good store. super well lit, most of the staff is friendly. Everyone goes here so the housewares are usually cleaned out but I have gotten some really great furniture here including my $15 dresser.

St. Vincent de Paul 13445 First Ave. S. Burien, WA 98168
My husband hates this store and I'm not too keen on it myself. It's dirty, the selection isn't that great, the parking sucks but the staff is so nice and once in a blue moon I'll walk in and find an amazing deal on a piece of furniture like my $17 chair.

Two French Hens Antique Market 107 SW 160th St, Burien, WA 98166
This is a great antique mall. The ladies who run it are super friendly and the vendors are fairly priced. Lots of Pyrex and a nice mix of shabby chic, 70's , farmhouse and mid-century. I got my $35 chair here.

Des Moines/Federal Way:
Goodwill 32521 Pacific Highway S, Federal Way, WA
This is an ok Goodwill, it's way out of the way for me so I never get there. Nothing notable to comment on here.

Deseret Industries 2200 S 320th St # 1A, Federal Way, WA
My husband hated this store, I loved it. Lots of furniture and housewares.

The Salvation Army 26401 Pacific Hwy S, Des Moines, WA
When I was younger I used to get great stuff here all the time but now not so much, it's not all that clean and you really have to dig to find anything.

Goodwill 23313 Pacific Hwy S, Des Moines, WA
Big store, clean, lots of housewares and cds.

Goodwill 1174 Andover Park W, Tukwila, WA 98188
Good store, lots of furniture and housewares and a lot of their clothes are new from Target (Which I think most Goodwill's in my area have new Target clothes. They must have some sort of deal).

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 310 Central Ave. N. Kent, WA 98032
This is an ok store, not the cleanest, weird layout but a decent selection of housewares and furniture.

American Cancer Society 225 1st Ave S, Kent, WA
This place is ok, lots of old lady kinda stuff, glass display cases, more clothes than anything else.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to add another entry to this city guide:

    If you're up for a great day trip away from the city, hop on the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Check out The Bargain Boutique, just a short walk from the ferry terminal. Working at this thrift store was my very first job (my mom used to be the manager), and it's an absolute treasure trove! They have a great new location, it's very clean and well-lit, and the staff are very helpful and friendly...and they're almost all volunteers. All proceeds benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital. 253 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island, WA, 206-842-5567.


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