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Thrift Cities: Seattle, WA

Now I know exactly none of you will be surprised when I tell you that Seattle has bitchin’ thrift stores, however you may be surprised (and slightly horrified) by the fact I managed to fit all the clothes I bought (see below) into my carry-on luggage for the the flight home. It was one of my greater triumphs.

Seattle, of course, is the hometown of Macklemore, who shoved thrift shopping even more into the mainstream than it already was (for the record, I was thrift shopping before the song solidified its coolness). So, naturally, the main thrift store we flocked to in Seattle was the largest Goodwill in the country, and apparently the one Macklemore frequented. I have still not recovered from how overwhelmingly gorgeous it was. I imagine it will haunt my memories as one of those halcyon experiences of youth.

Some of the many highlights (comments welcome!):

First, I got some excellent deals on shoes. These are Clark boots that are usually upwards of a $100. I got them for $15. They have since become a major staple in my wardrobe.

First, I got some excellent deals on shoes. These are Clark boots that are usually upwards of a $100. I got them for $15. They have since become a major staple in my wardrobe.

These Oxfords were only $6 and I have a deep appreciation for what they do to my ankles.

These Oxfords were only $6 and I have a deep appreciation for what they do to my ankles.

It should first be noted that I am a huge proponent of the unconventional maxi-dress (as opposed to the conventional floral muumuu idea of a long dress) and so I fell in love with this pretty quick. The fabric is delightfully thin but not see-through.

It should first be noted that I am a huge proponent of the unconventional maxi-dress (as opposed to the conventional floral muumuu idea of a long dress) and so I fell in love with this pretty quick. The fabric is delightfully thin but not see-through.

And if like me you believe the mantra that black leather makes everything better, than it's a good time to be alive.

And if, like me, you believe the mantra that black leather (Forever 21, $30) makes everything better, than it’s a good time to be alive.

This dress is comfortable enough to be pajamas but can sharpened up with black stockings (or fishnets) and Oxfords. The sweater is a cast-off of my mom's and adds to the vaguely autumn color scheme.

This dress is comfortable enough to be pajamas but can sharpened up with black stockings ($6 on Forever 21 or fishnets from elsewhere) and Oxfords. The sweater is a cast-off of my mom’s and adds to the vaguely autumnal color scheme.

This one I'm a bit proud of, mostly because I like the red tights (Forever 21, $6) with the black and tan of the hat ($4 at a beach store in Chincoteague) and dress. The dress was approximately $5 and was recommended by the illustrious Margaret Kramer, who is the most masterful thrift shopper there has ever been.

This one I’m a bit proud of, mostly because I like the red tights (Forever 21, $6) with the black and tan of the hat ($4 at a beach store in Chincoteague) and dress. The dress was approximately $5 and was recommended by the illustrious Margaret Kramer, who is the most masterful thrift shopper there has ever been.

The crowning jewel of this visit is this dress, which has no tags and would appear to be handmade. It seems to be a minor miracle that it happened to fit me.

The crowning jewel of this visit is this dress, which has no tags and would appear to be handmade. It seems to be a minor miracle that it happened to fit me. Lately I’ve been combining it with your average black heels. I feel as though it would be a good Christmas party dress, or maybe better suited for a melancholic summer evening. Or perhaps just an unusual prom dress, depending on who you are. Hard to say.

A closer look at the pattern and how the neckline perfectly frames a pendant.

A closer look at the pattern and how the neckline perfectly frames a pendant.

Seattle has set a whole new standard for thrift and thoroughly blown my mind in the process. Next time I go out there I’m bringing an extra suitcase.

(cover photo from http://mccormickbarstow.com/seattle-washington)

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