13 Portland Thrift Stores For The Weird And Wonderful
Help keep PDX wonderfully weird and our planet habitable by paying a visit to the best thrift stores Portland has to offer.
This city no doubt has a penchant for the unconventional, unique, and eco-friendly, making it easily one of the best locations in the US for thrifting.
There’s an innate emphasis on supporting local, small-scale businesses, which is why Portland thrift stores are one-of-a-kind—with items just as unique.
Between clothes, music, art, and furniture, Stumptown’s renowned secondhand scene draws a national crowd, with people from the East Coast making it a regular stop for treasure hunting.
Grab a bottle of home flavored kombucha, hop on your Penny-farthing, and pedal your way to these 13 Portland thrift stores.
1. CAT THRIFT STORE
About CAT Thrift Store—Best Thrifting in Portland
With a pawsome selection of clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories, housewares, books, pet essentials, and craft supplies, CAT Thrift Store has something for everyone.
Even brand-name items are sold at budget-friendly prices.
They’re also one of the best Portland thrift stores for cat and animal lovers, and not just because you’ll find a cozy-cat snoozing (or purring) under the $5 basket of second hand scarves.
All proceeds go directly to the Cat Adoption Team, which works to provide new homes for kittens and cats as well as spay/neuter surgeries and lifesaving medical care.
You can donate items in usable condition by scheduling a drop-off appointment.
Location: Raleigh Hills
2. VILLAGE MERCHANTS
About Village Merchants Portland Resale Shop
Village Merchants is one of many thrift stores in Portland, Oregon here to help us “Reduce. Reuse. Rejoice.”
The store is brimming with home goods, knickknacks, jewelry, clothes, luggage, books, sustainable art supplies, and more.
According to them, “If you can think of it, we’ve sold it.”
The merchandise is priced to sell—in other words, it has legs, which also means it moves quickly! The shop provides options for selling, trading, and consigning.
About RERUN Furniture Thrift Store Portland
For 16 years, RERUN has been considered one of the top Portland thrift stores.
Since opening their original location on Fremont Street, they’ve added a new location with more than 10,000 square feet dedicated to secondhand clothing, furniture, lamps, artwork, and more.
In terms of selection, they’re certainly one of the best thrift stores in Portland for quantity of options.
In addition to providing Portlanders with secondhand goodies, they also use their shop to support and host community events and provide kids with free activities.
If you’re interested in selling, you can set up a buying appointment from Thursday to Sunday. For donations, their online service lets you upload pictures and arrange drop-offs.
4. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
About Take It or Leave It Portland Consignment Shop
With options for buying, consigning, and trading, Take It or Leave It (or Give & Take Resale as one of their locations is called) is the place to get (or get rid of) vintage and newish items for the home and wardrobe.
Stock your kitchen with antique pottery, dress in quirky clothes, adorn your body with locally-made jewelry, or throw on a pair of cowboy boots from the 1950s—whatever your style or needs, this Portland resale shop can inspire a new-you.
Their selection includes something for all genders, ages, and budgets.
Location: Northeast Portland | Kenton (Give & Take Resale)
5. FAT FANCY
About Fat Fancy Thrift Store Portland For Plus Size Shopping
Fat Fancy is the thrift store in Portland for folks looking for plus size clothing.
The consignment shop specializes in plus size modern and vintage fashion.
In addition to being well-stocked with inclusive sizing 14 to 30+, they also have body positive art, shoes, and accessories.
If you’re looking to sell, they consign by appointment only.
You may also want to stay tuned for the occasional events they host—like a magical park lunch date in Peninsula Park or pop-up events at various PDX locations.
6. SIMPLE & JUST
About Simple & Just—Thrift Shops in Portland
Here’s one of the thrift shops in Portland, Oregon with a mission to do more.
Women-operated Simple & Just makes it convenient for you to donate (and buy) gently-loved clothing and accessories at their thrift stores in Portland and Seattle.
The non-profit funnels all earnings to Pacific Northwest organizations that support victims of sexual exploitation. Funds provide safe housing, life skills training, mental health services, or employment opportunities for exploited women and children.
The Portland location is clean and well-stocked with brands like Anthropologie, Coach, and Free People—at prices commonly in the single or low-double digits.
They also have a house brand, Athena, which provides handmade housewares made by Youthcare, an organization where at-risk artisans learn valuable job skills. 100% of the profits go directly to the youth who created the item.
7. THE ARC THRIFT STORE
About The Arc Portland Thrift Store
The Arc Thrift Store is yet another second hand shop in Portland on a mission to do good.
An offshoot of The Arc Portland Metro, the volunteer-run PDX thrift store supports the advocacy organization as they provide services for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
They stock adult and children’s clothing, accessories, shoes, artwork, household items, DVDs, small furniture, and more, often on sale for 25% or 50% off.
Donations are accepted from Thursday to Sunday.
Location: East Portland
8. SEAMS TO FIT
About Seams to Fit—Clothing Thrift Stores In Portland
Seams to Fit isn’t just an upscale women’s consignment boutique with a cute name. It’s also the only thrift store in Portland that’s a Certified Benefit Corporation.
In fact, at the time of writing, the woman-owned shop was the only Certified B Corp consignment store in the world!
With regular brands like Prada, Alice + Olivia, and Jean Paul Gaultier, they’re an excellent source for high-end bags, jewelry, boots, shoes, jackets & coats, sweaters & knitwear, tops, skirts, dresses, denim, pants, athleisure, accessories, and more.
While their next-door partner store, Seams to Fit Home focuses on secondhand furniture and home decor.
Consignment appointments are available from Thursday through Saturday.
If you’re not in the PDX area, they offer online shopping so you can peruse at your leisure.
9. ARTIFACT: CREATIVE RECYCLE
About Artifact: Creative Recycle Thrift Store Portland
As one of the coolest vintage stores Portland has to offer you’ll find a range of eclectic vintage, modern, and on-trend clothes for men and women, accessories, furniture, and art.
Whether you’re interested in a ‘70s bomber jacket or want to adorn your apartment with mid-century mod furniture, they likely have what you need at surprisingly affordable prices.
They’re also home to the Funday Flea, where everything is a dollar and all profits are donated.
A true community space (for humans and dogs), Artifact regularly offers workshops on topics like Shibori dyeing, lamp rewiring, and recycling and reusing.
10. LOUNGE LIZARD
About Lounge Lizard Furniture Thrift Store Portland
Lounge Lizard is easily one of the best furniture thrift stores in Portland.
The sprawling emporium is home to an ever-changing selection of home decor, mid-century furnishings, and lamps—as evidenced by their iconic kaleidoscope of colored lamps suspended from the ceiling.
Many of the items are sourced from estate sales, but they also make custom reproduced mid-century lampshades and reclaimed wood coffee tables.
The staff make it easy to hold and deliver furniture, and they might even paint it a new color if you ask.
Location: Ladd’s Addition
About Hoot-N-Annie Portland Thrift Stores
They’re perfect for filling pint-sized wardrobes with new and gently-used children, toys, gear, and books.
And if you’re a mama, you can also benefit from their selection of feeding, bathing, and diapering essentials. As well as maternity and other women’s clothing and accessories.
Everything used is quality and affordable and anything new is made by local artists and designers.
Consignment is available (no appointment required) between Tuesday – Saturday.
For consignment furniture and decor items, pop on over to Hoot-N-Annie Home offering modern and mid-century, contemporary and eclectic items for every room in the house.
Location: Southwest Portland & West Haven-Sylvan (Boutique) | Raleigh Hills (Home)
12. HERE WE GO AGAIN DELUXE RESALE BOUTIQUE
About Here We Go Again High-End Boutique Thrift Store
Here We Go Again is a female-founded upscale boutique that offers some of the best thrifting in Portland for designer goods from popular brands ranging from Gucci to Free People.
They’ve been in business for over 30 years under the same ownership!
Their highly curated collection includes handbags, shoes, jewelry, and clothing of all kinds.
In addition to providing quality secondhand fashion, they’re “focused on having fun & creating an atmosphere of delight“. If you need proof, you can take a virtual tour of their immaculate and well-organized store.
Consignment drop-offs are accepted during all business hours and consignors can expect to receive 40-60% of the final sale price.
Location: South Portland
13. VEIN OF GOLD
About Vein of Gold Portland Thrift Store
Representing discovery, delight, and wonderment, Vein of Gold is all about uncovering hidden gems amidst the mundane.
The woman-owned boutique started with a season-less, utilitarian, USA-made, organic cotton T-shirt, which is still sold amongst other consignment items and slow fashion pieces from local, independent designers.
Some secondhand faster-fashion garments are also available, as long as they are well-made.
You can take advantage of their consignment opportunities by appointment.
5% of the profits from the T-shirt are donated to a local nonprofit each year.
Location: Arbor Lodge
WHY VISIT PORTLAND THRIFT STORES?
The City of Roses embraces sustainable and ethical fashion, being home to countless small-scale and ethical designers.
Those not ready to splurge on new garments can still avoid fast fashion in PDX thanks to the abundance of Portland thrift stores.
Globally, 36 billion pounds of textile waste end up in landfills every year.
Portland is one of the key cities working to solve the problem of textile waste. Some students at Portland State University, for example, are working to transform it into usable yarn.
Still, innovations like this are in their infancy. As a whole, we still have much to do to curb the environmental impact of the fashion industry.
That’s why buying secondhand Portland sweaters from the 90s or vintage MCM furniture is one of the best ways to shop for our planet.
One gently-used handbag for example can save up to 267 pounds of carbon emissions compared to buying new.
And what better way to explore this weird and wacky city than by seeking out its most kitschy shopping dives.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST THRIFT STORES IN PORTLAND OREGON
Our old clothes never really go away.
Mostly made with synthetic fabrics, they take hundreds of years to degrade and that’s if their microplastics don’t find their way into our food first.
But, we get it, wearing new-to-you clothes is fun!
Fortunately, by supporting these Portland, OR thrift stores (and online thrift stores) we can be fashion forward and planet friendly.
If you know someone heading to the vibrant Pacific Northwest city, why not mention all the thrift stores and zero waste stores Portland has to offer? Then we can all enjoy some wacky fashion.