Shop Local—Online—At These Women-Owned Consignment Stores
March has felt like a lifetime, and yet, something tells me we were all a little too distracted to properly appreciate Women’s History Month. But there are still a few days left! Celebrate from the comfort of home—and get at your need for (sustainable) retail therapy—by shopping online at these local, women-owned consignment stores.
In real life, Swan Dive is a hidden gem—a secret staircase through Clementine’s leads the way to Alison Brownrigg’s basement of eclectic vintage outfits, home decor, and collectibles. Brownrigg launched an online shop earlier this month to keep you in style for, uh, Zoom dates and conference calls; you can also directly message Swan Dive on Facebook or Instagram to claim the latest goods. Shipping: Free in the continental U.S. for orders $150 or more. $12 flat fee for orders under $150.
This closet fits somewhere between trendy and vintage. Count on a selection of chic, casual dress and locally crafted ceramics and jewelry. Owner and writer Emily Schikora also maintains a cycling collection of essays and prose in shop—pre-COVID-19, she welcomed other writers and readers to her brightly painted Ballard storefront to shoot the breeze about literature (consider it something to look forward to). Shipping: Free between Queen Anne and Shoreline. $5 elsewhere.
Two Big Blondes Plus Size Consignment
Two Big Blondes dedicates the entire store to clothing size 14 and up, a welcome reprieve from the limited plus-size sections at most retail and thrift stores. A handful of women owners have kept the Central District storefront packed with a mosaic of styles for 23 years: Celebrate their anniversary on March 27 with discounts online. Bonus: Unsold consignment items are donated through Seattle Women’s Assistance Fund to low-income women in the region. Shipping: Varies by item and location.
Owner Nyla Bittermann keeps Cherry Consignment stocked with a wide variety of sizes and styles in a rainbow of colors—even if you’re stuck at home, you can certainly dress for spring with quarantine-friendly athleisure, t-shirts, and sneakers. Shipping: Starts at $5.25.
These twenties aren’t off to the roaring start we expected. Why not take a cue from last century? You’re sure to turn heads (your roommate’s, anyway) in Pretty Parlor’s authentically vintage and vintage-inspired garments by Seattle designers. Nothing says quarantine chic like chiffon, silk, satin, lace, ribbon, ruffles…and the shop’s second biggest clothing category: vintage lingerie. Shipping: Most items ship free in the continental U.S.
Longtime Seattleites are well acquainted with the stylings of Rove Vintage. Rove has the ripped, the leather-studded, the band tees; all the 90s fashion you could ever long for (and what better time for grunge?). Plus, if you’ve got your own stash to sort, they’re down to see what you’ve got via email. Shipping: Varies by item and location.