Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, Oregon has emerged as a mecca for unique local businesses coffee shops, a branch of Powell’s books, cafe dining and second-hand clothing stores. Here one can find some incredible bargains on some of the trendier fashions. Also, one can often sell clothing for either cash or store credit, thus enabling one to obtain a new wardrobe for little or no coast.
Since 1999, the Red Light Clothing Exchange (3590 SE Hawthorne Blvd.) has been the first go-to stop for frugal fashionistas who make sure to stop by here when traveling through Portland. While shopping around, be sure to check out the décor that includes ornate carpets, blood red walls, velvet paintings and other objects d’art. They pride themselves on a large selection of vintage pieces and brand-name modern garments, and can be picky about the types of clothing they will accept for sale. Also, They have a large selection of jewelry, wigs, tights, and other accessories. While Red Light doesn’t cater to a particular fashion style, the majority of clothing veers towards those seeking a unique trendy style as opposed to those wanting a more classical look.
For more upscale fashions, check out Crossroads Trading Company (3734 SE Hawthorne Boulevard). Some of the brands carried here include Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce Gabana, Marc Jacobs, Prada and J. Crew.
A block north of Hawthorne Boulevard on SE 37th Street, one can find Buffalo Exchange, a store that is a good resource for staples such as jeans. Also, new items can be found here for a fraction of their retail cost. If you want to sell clothes, be prepared for a long wait as people often come here lugging grocery bags filled with jeans to sell. Should they not take your items for sale, you can opt to have them donated to a local charity though you will not get a donation slip.
A short walk to 50th Street and then down South to Division will take on to the Bearly Worn Resale Store (4926 SE Division Street). Inside this 6,300 square foot facility, one can shop while doing good as the sale from these items go to help teens in need. Also, items not sold are donated to low income families The clothing available for sale costs less than at the other stores as a rule of thumb. While the overall quality can be a bit lower, one can find great bargains provided one is willing to invest the time to sort through the merchandise. In particular, check out their warehouse bins where items cost $1.00 though one does have to do a fair amount of digging to find the gems here. Bearly Worn is closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
These resale stores tend to open a bit later in the day (around 11am) though they stay open a bit later for those who want to shop after work. Contact each store for their specific hours of operation.