Like fine wine, Époisses, and wealthy men, other people's used clothing gets increasingly desirable with age, sometimes even when musty-smelling/downright stinky (seriously, have you ever smelled a 90-year-old billionaire?!? Blech!). Here are my favorite spots in Portland to spend a few hours sniffing vintage threads and accessories, and maybe even buying them too.
Tucked down a quiet downtown side street, this enchanting boutique is teeming with mens’ & womens’ vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories.
Boggling array of mens’ and womens’ vintage clothing, accessories, eye wear, hats and costumes.
There are two reasons to visit this marvelous little Southeast vintage shop--one, shopping here is akin to wandering around Marilyn Monroe's walk-in closet, and two, you'll be right in the middle of the Clinton Street commercial district, one of the city's cutest and most unique off-the-beaten-track neighborhoods. Follow your hat and handbag shopping with brunch at Broder across the street.
Find lots of somethings old, new, borrowed and blue at this beautiful Burnside boutique with both vintage and modern fashion and accessories.
This lovingly-arranged Alberta boutique is a wealth of vintage clothing, estate jewelry, shoes, accessories, handbags, and luggage.
This charming old-fashioned NE Killingsworth storefront conceals a treasure trove of mid-century modern, retro, and western furniture, clothing, jewelry and collectibles.
One of my favorite places to pop into during a 28th Avenue stroll, this supercute travel trailer-gone-brick 'n mortar is filled with irresistible vintage frocks and handbags (aka Wanderlust Couture) and lovely handmade local goods.
Delightfully fragrant vault of vintage leather goods and footwear, and don’t leave without a good poke through the $5 handbag box.
For when you just can't take all that noisome newness in Nordstrom, try this den of beautifully assembled and displayed vintage clothing, handbags, and accessories right down the street.
Budget a generous chunk of time to thoroughly explore this comely E. Burnside cache of vintage evening wear, outerwear, handbags, hats, luggage and art for women and men.