Portland >Used Clothing > Red Light Clothing Exchange
3590 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.511921 -122.626757
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Richmond
Get lost in the orderly rows of used clothing and shoes at this popular secondhand shop; the perfect shopping ground for Halloween, the Red Dress Party, 80s Prom, or just everyday wear. They buy clothes too!
Red Light, a popular thrift store on the Hawthorne strip, caters to fearless fashionistas. Think neon leggings, borderline hideous dresses, and platform heels. If your wardrobe is more subtle than daring, Red Light is still beneficial for Halloween costume shopping or those ugly Christmas sweater parties that just won't die in popularity.
No thanks! – I have heard bad things about the SE Red Light, particularly the staff, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt and tried it anyway. No, thanks! They are rude, rude and rude! Not to mention overpriced, and did I mention rude?! Next time I'll go back to the NW Redlight where I bought an awesome jacket for $5 and was treated with a little respect!
Red LIght @ Burnside a better store as a whole – The Burnside staff as a whole, has a much better eye for quality vintage merchandise, and are much friendlier, period - In addition, from a buying and selling perspective, I very was VERY disappointed to see the rude dressing room attendant at the Hawthorn store, got promoted (at least the day I was there) as a buyer. She has absolutely no business buying merchandise with the attitude she currently displays in public. I hope the Hawthorn store wakes up. Friendlier customer service is badly needed. Kudos to the Burnside location, and NO I do not know anyone on a first name basis at either store.
Something's different – I hadn't been here in a while, and I was surprised at how different it was from what I remembered. The store seemed empty somehow, although there's still a ton of stuff. And when I browsed through the racks, I found that the new clothing outnumbered the vintage by a huge margin. The prices still seem fair, but I also found more items that were damaged or dirty. Did something happen, or is it just me?
More amusing for a browse – Back in the day, this place used to hold a bit of a soft spot in my heart; fun selection, fair prices, a kitschy photo booth, and a true vintage shopping experience. Lately, not so much. Photo booth gone. Ginormous boring selection. And is it just me or should I not be paying more for used stuff than I would for new? Not antique mind you, just used. And you have to wade through the hipsters. Grumpy hipsters. Not vintage. Just disappointing. Sorry Red Light, I?ve moved on.
Return of the Red Light – I had stopped going to the Red Light for awhile because of declining merchandise. But the past few times I've stopped in, there's been an obvious improvement. The lighting still stinks, but I'm finding gems again at good prices. Super cute dresses especially, for some reason. The Halloween selection is always incredible, too. The Red Light has returned to my good graces!
This funky store is a great place to stop on the search for vintage threads. – In Short
This is the type of place where window displays feature jauntily posed mannequins, velvet paintings of topless ladies and plenty of vintage duds. No need to spend hours sifting through the racks to find the "good stuff." The clothes are in good condition and are displayed in an organized way. Trades are accepted; current styles are most sought after. Customers are given 40 percent of the value in cash, or 50 percent in trade.
I want to bake cookies for the staff at the west-side location. – I am not a huge fan of Red Light. Newer clothes outweigh their vintage, and I find it tends to be a little overpriced. I've never had that great of an experience at the Hawthorne store because of the awful lighting (honestly, why? i don't get it.) and less-than-friendly service, so my mind was blown by the beauty of the west-side location. Basically the same selection, yeah, but the staff? So very delightful! Friendly! And charming! Who use their sceney-ness for good, not evil! I want to kiss them all on their foreheads. That store is what makes me love Portland so much: totally awesome friendly people who make me want to hang out in their store like it's a living room.
Not Impressed – So, I went to Redlight in a hurry today, and instead of trying on, just bought to take home, figuring, well, I can return them. They don't, of course, tell you that you can't actually return them for anything but in-store credit. The lighting is bad too, I had to take my things for the woman's section to the middle to see their true color. And I definitely paid thirteen dollars for a simple (fairly sheer) white t-shirt. The prices are not reasonable, they're high. And I didn't see much vintage or service.
overpriced – I think customers are paying out the wazoo just for the atmosphere... The lighting is HORRIBLE, maybe because they don't want you to see all the stains and rips on the vintage clothing? I see more cheap clothing from Target and modern chain stores than retro fashions. The unhelpful staff has gotta go. I go to the Goodwill and pay next to nothing, before they do, then hike up the price 10 times!
Nothing Like It – There is no place else quite like the Red Light. The selection's always good--sometimes amazing. Great atmosphere, too. Not the easiest place to find super basic items, but definitely the best store for interesting, unique clothing. It's huge, but digging through everything is half of the fun...
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