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Top 15 Best Thrift and Vintage Stores in Portland

Thrift and vintage stores are a great way to save both the planet and some money and unsurprisingly Portlanders can’t seem to get enough of them. Not buying new clothes definitely seems to be a thing in this progressive city and second-hand stores are dotted all over the city. From small intimate boutiques only stocked with the finest vintage goods to sprawling stores perfect for rummaging though, here are the best thrift and vintage stores in Portland, Oregon…

1. ARTIFACT – a hip and funky boutique filled with vintage clothing, homeware, art and accessoriesARTIFACT Thrift Store Portland

Like her mother, Leah Meijer, daughter of Village Merchants founder Marcee has an impeccable eye for vintage and opened this fab little store in 2013.

Using her vast experience trawling garage sales and watching her mum in action Leah now operates this excellently curated store which offers an eclectic collection of unique design-led vintage pieces at reasonable prices. 

2. House Of Vintage – a huge emporium featuring many different vendors selling antiques, vintage clothing, jewelry and homeware

Best vintage stores in Portland, Oregon

When I walked into this place I had to pinch myself, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! This massive store on Hawthorne is home to over 60 separate vendors who rent space to sell their vintage wares! I remember spotting it from a mile up the road because the goodies were spilling out onto the sidewalk, in particular a vintage lips sofa. If you want cowboy boots, shell suits, fit and flares or flannels you’ll be spoilt for choice here.

Also collectibles, furniture and bedding all at really reasonable prices! This place is an Aladdin’s Cave so just make sure you have plenty of time to explore – easily one of the best vintage stores in Portland! 

3. Red Fox Vintage – a small, cool funky shop which sells vintage clothing and decor

Red Fox Vintage Portland

A seamless collaboration of Portland’s top vintage vendors, Red Fox Vintage is the perfect place to find unique vintage clothing for all genders as well as amazing furniture and collectibles!

Situated in the leafy district of Woodstock, near the aforementioned Goodwill, it’s a friendly store with a great atmosphere and helpful staff who really know what they are talking about. Well worth a visit.

4. Vein of Gold – an upmarket boutique and one of the best vintage stores in Portland 

Vein of Gold Thrift Store Portland

This is an upmarket boutique with a solid ethos, reducing waste and improving sustainability in the fashion world whilst supporting local designers. The focus is on high-quality lightly worn fashion which is tough and timeless so expect to find vintage designer bargains.

There are also smatterings of new sustainable clothing and jewelry by local designers mixed in with the carefully curated used clothing collections. You won’t find any $5 bins but instead, you can enjoy posh shopping with a conscience, a real novel experience. One of the coolest second-hand stores in Portland.

  • Address: 6517 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
  • Vein of Gold

5. Village Merchants – a secondhand store stocking clothes, antiques, art, homeware and collectibles

Village Merchants Portland

This is another fabulous community store in SE Portland with the aim to reduce, re-use and repurpose vintage, antique and pre-loved items for resale.

You’ll find all kinds of treasures in here from big-ticket items like furniture to clothes and accessories. They also buy and sell handmade items too and so support local artists and makers. 

6. Woodstock Goodwill

Woodstock Goodwill Portland

Goodwill is one of America’s largest charity shop chains and has stores all over the country. There are several in Portland but the one in Woodstock is clean and well organized and well-stocked for its size.

It’s a large sprawling store (as thrift stores usually go) and if you are looking for good quality items, especially clothing and accessories, at really reasonable prices then this store is well worth a trip.

7. William Temple House Thrift Store – a small store selling secondhand clothes, furniture, accessories, and homeware

William Temple House Thrift Store Portland

This attractive thrift store is located in the Nob Hill area of the city and is a real treasure trove for anyone who likes a bargain. There is a good vintage section plus all your usual thrift store goodies and larger objects such as furniture.

The last 3 days of the month they hold a customer appreciation sale and you get a percentage off whatever you spend, staff and volunteers are super polite and helpful. If he’s still with us there is even a resident cat… gotta love that!! Proceeds go towards mental health support projects that may incorporate any number of things, from healthy eating to preventative techniques.

8. TC Resale & Donation Thrift Store – a long-standing nonprofit chain with a range of pre-owned clothing, homeware and furniture

TC Resale & Donation Thrift Store Portland

This is a cavernous store in South East Portland with a really easy pricing system where you can literally find anything if you have the time to look. Great for bigger items like furniture but the excellent layout makes it easy to browse for smaller things like clothing too.

All the proceeds go to Teen Challenge, a Christian charity that helps teens through addiction and coaches them with invaluable life skills so they are better able to look after themselves. 

9. Buffalo Exchange – a hipster-friendly chain that sells trendy vintage and used clothing and accessories

Buffalo Exchange Portland Oregon

This is a national chain of vintage clothing stores and they have two locations in Portland; Burnside and Hawthorne. Expect a great selection of men’s and women’s vintage fashion and bucket loads of streetwise style.

One of the best thrift stores in Portland, the clothes are always excellent quality, hip and stylish and the choice is impressive. 

  • Address: 1420 SE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (and another location)
  • Buffalo Exchange

10. Ray’s Ragtime Hollywood – throwback retailer which specializes in vintage apparel, footwear and jewelryRay’s Ragtime Hollywood Portland Oregon

This is one of Portland’s most iconic vintage shops and frequently attracts famous clientele. George Clooney and Courtney Love are two of Ray’s most impressive visitors.

Founded by Ray Tillotson who spent years working in film and theatre before opening his store 30 years ago, the store has an amazingly curated collection of classic vintage pieces that will set you apart from the crowd, impeccably stylish and excellently run, definitely not to be missed! 

11. CAT Thrift Store – collects and sells new/gently used items and sells them for charity

CAT Thrift Store Portland

This is a good old-fashioned Chazza Shop with a bit of everything you fancy. Gently used clothing, books, Vinyl, arts, and homeware are rife in this well-laid-out treasure trove.

To add to the joy it is presided over by super friendly and knowledgeable staff and proceeds go to protect and regime cats and kittens… awesome bargains for furry four-legged friends, it’s a win-win! CAT thrift is situated in the Raleigh Hills district of the city.

12. Rerun – a consignment retailer which accepts and sells clothing, art, furniture and other items

Rerun Vintage store

A well-stocked and trendy consignment store in the Fremont area of Portland. You’ll find new and barely used clothing and accessories as well as some cool homeware and trinkets and a decent enough selection of stylish second-hand furniture too. 

13. Uplifted Boutique & Makers Market – a cute boutique with a community focus showcasing independent labels and good quality second-hand clothing

Uplifted Boutique & Makers Market

This gorgeous little community enterprise set up by Judi and Darg is a bit of everything. It’s an intimate event space, gallery, and boutique store with the aim of bringing a bit of joy to the community.

It provides support and space for local artists to make and sell their work as well as taking consignments of good quality second-hand clothing so it’s a great place to find one-of-a-kind items whilst supporting the community in SE Portland.

14. Red White and Blue Thrift Store – a very well organized large thrift store selling clothing, furniture and decor, kitchen ware, small appliances, toys, books and electronics

Red White and Blue Thrift Store

This is a national chain, like goodwill but not quite so prolific. The Portland store is cavernous and well stocked with excellent quality clothing, toys, electronics, and furniture.

You’ll be able to find pretty much everything you need and more and all for a very reasonable price too. The Portland store is situated in Gladstone and keeps customers hooked with daily deals to please any pocket! You’ll need plenty of rummage time for this one! 

15. The Bins – a long-standing nonprofit chain which is the place for a seriously good rummage

The Bins Portland Oregon

This one isn’t for the faint-hearted, the clue is in the name. Situated near the airport it is a huge goodwill outlet store where customers can hunt through bins full of clothing and accessories in search of dirt-cheap bargains! Dirt being possibly the operative word here though, it is wise to bring gloves and steel yourself for a potentially grubby rummage.

For hard-core thrift addicts and clever folk who can chop up and restyle old clothes, it’s a real treasure trove. For those of us who like our preloved garments ready to wear perhaps not recommended!

Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children's theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa'd in Cuba and road tripped down America's west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her cat and ukulele amid the misty valleys and rolling hills of beautiful South Wales.

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