Ballard's Lucky Dry Goods' top-quality vintage goodies are as iconic as a Dolly pinball machine.
Something of an apparel speakeasy, Barn Owl’s relics of a more rough-and-tumble Seattle can only be found by traversing through Sparklebarn, Nordic Museum tenant and Scandinavian furniture restorer. (Basically a kid-in-a-candy-store situation for the vintage-obsessed.)
A multi-vendor setup precludes Bon Voyage from sticking to a single style—pretty floral dresses mingle among faded band tees. But from the heavily stickered dressing room to the rack of handmade items by local designers like Janelle Abbott and Anti-Couture, the grungier aspects of Seattle fashion feel alive and well in Pioneer Square.
Doll Parts duo Alyssa Kaliszewski and Becky Bacsik take pride in carrying a fun selection of clothing that caters to a variety of gender expressions and sizes frequently lacking on vintage racks (or, let’s be honest, racks in general). Bacsik also reworks vintage pieces and materials into designer-inspired creations for looks that are quirky, cute, and truly one-of-a-kind.
You could spend hours in this downtown Fremont basement without being ever the wiser. Dozens of merchants vaguely organized into their own mini shops means there’s something here for everyone, from retro Seahawks T-shirts to midcentury barware to cheeky earrings made by locals.
Indian Summer sits on a corner in residential Capitol Hill, a jewelry box of slinky ’60s dresses and shimmery ’90s crop tops nestled next to a convenience store with a bright red Coca-Cola sign. Though its doors are currently shut (save for some can’t-miss events), owner Adria Garcia stays busy posting an immaculate selection for sale on Instagram: Look to Indian Summer for a size-inclusive lineup of the mind-bogglingly glam finds that drew you to vintage in the first place.
Avoid the emotional trauma of finding your high school crew neck at a vintage shop: the Ballard sibling of the U District’s Lucky Vintage primarily stocks dressier vintage items: ’80s blazers, ’50s house dresses, and pieces that are seriously ready for prom. Buying through Instagram DM is easy—Lucky Dry Goods posts new pieces with measurements daily—but visit its cozy brick-and-mortar for an enthralling search without the potential overwhelm of racks on racks.
Lucky Vintage, like its Ballard counterpart, keeps an impressive Instagram presence—linked to a complete online store where Lucky posts fashionable clothing for all genders. Prices here are on the higher end for a vintage shop, but they’re born out of a wealth of pristine designer threads, like a pair of ’90s Versace jeans or an ’80s Yves Saint Laurent wool coat.
Craft an entire retro aesthetic with this Summit Avenue shop’s vintage and vintage-inspired party dresses, fur capes, and kitten heels, all made for wearing while sipping champagne and pretending to be a Golden Age Hollywood starlet. Speaking of champagne: Pretty Parlor is your best bet in the city for a classic wedding gown.
Red Light advertises itself as Seattle’s biggest vintage clothing shop, and we haven’t seen anyone mount a convincing argument to the contrary. Its racks of clothing from every decade in the past century seem to go as far as the eye can see (and, behind that, there’s a back room full of even better deals). Plus, this University Way mainstay serves double duty as a costume store: Dive into a treasure trove of ’90s dresses, or find something flashy to wear to a house party.
For die-hard Seattle fans and those who simply appreciate quality vintage, Throwbacks NW is the city’s go-to stop for old-school jerseys, pristine snapbacks, and comfy crewnecks in the fonts, colorways, and teams (we miss you, Sonics) of an era that’s bygone, but not forgotten.