What did I know about Seattle before I travelled there to visit some of my new co-workers based in the city? Honestly, not much. I mean, I knew that two of my favourite shows were set there; Grey’s Anatomy and Fraser, and I knew that it was where the first Starbucks was opened but really, that was about it.
Enter my American colleagues; super helpful even before we stepped off the plane. I’d received an email the week beforehand with a list of vintage shops I just had to check out, followed by some of the amazing places we were going to get food while I was there.
OK, now I was excited.
Turns out, Seattle really is the most amazing place if you’re interested in vintage shops.
Vintage shopping in Seattle
Red Light Vintage and Costume
Set over two (huge) floors, Red Light is one of those places you could literally be trying on clothes in for hours. From 1950s dresses to 80s denim right through to PVC outfits and errrrr spikey bras (ouch?) – this place is a treasure trove of vintage wear.
Red Light Vintage and Costume, 312 Broadway E, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA, 98102
Pretty Parlor is small but perfectly formed; think pretty pastel shades, one-of-a-kind jewellery, clothes from local designers, a huge vintage accessories collection, and…..a cat on a velvet couch. Yeah, you can’t actually buy that last one…..
Pretty Parlor, 119Summit Avenue E, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA, 98012
Fremont Vintage Mall
From the outside, Fremont Vintage Mall looks kind of small. I mean, it’s just a door in the wall of an unassuming building in the suburb of Fremont. Then, you descend the stairs and BAM; two floors of vintage bags, records, magazines, clothes and furniture. The last of which had me seriously considering getting stuff sent back to my new flat in London.
Fremont Vintage Mall, 3419 Fremont Place North, Fremont, Seattle, WA, 98103
When I was at university in Leeds, I used to love heading down to The Corn Exchange where there was an awesome little shop downstairs full of vintage t-shirts and sweaters and 90s bomber jackets and cute little grungy dresses. Atlas Clothing in Seattle was just like that. With clothing for men and women and a great selection of coats and dresses, Atlas is right next door to Fremont Vintage Mall so you’ve really got no excuse to not pop in.
Atlas Clothing, 3419 Fremont Place North, Fremont, Seattle, WA, 98103
Where’s your favourite place in the world for vintage shopping?