There’s nothing quite like a little community thrift shop!  They are often run by volunteers, have an impressive selection of goods and great prices for the true thrift hunter!  Little shop thrifting is my favourite part of road trips!  Little thrift shops, however, are not necessarily little.  As I discovered on my recent trip to Washington and Oregon, some community thrift shops could give the large chain stores a run for their money (and probably do!).

This is the view from the second floor of a "little" community thrift shop in
This is the view from the second floor of a “little” community thrift shop in Washington – capturing about a quarter of what all was there!

But let me back up to give this “little” thrift shop a proper recounting.  We were driving along in Washington and saw this:

What the?
What the?

So my hubby pulled a quick u-turn (with the trailer)…

Those are full-size bikes...
Those are full-size bikes…
Whoa.  That's quite the thrift store front.
Whoa. That’s quite the thrift store front.
Another view for better perspective.
Another view for better perspective.
Some of the offerings out front...
Some of the offerings out front…
And THIS was in the parking lot.
And THIS was in the parking lot.

Seeing all this, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Senior Services of Island County Community Thrift Store had a GONG at the till!  Needless to say, I could have spent all day long in this thrift shop!  Thrifter’s heaven!!

#truth
#truth

And it was here that I found a thrift score unlike anything I’ve ever found before…

Do my eyes deceive me?  My favourite denim, in my size, in perfect condition?!!!  SCORE!
Do my eyes deceive me?

 

 My favourite denim, in my size, in perfect condition for FOUR DOLLARS?!!! SCORE!
My favourite denim, in my size, in perfect condition for FOUR DOLLARS?!!! SCORE!

J Brand denim retails for around $270!  And that my friends is why you should stop at all the little thrift shops!  Even if you don’t find a major score like this, there are still treasures to be found in little thrift shops.  Next stop…

Vision House Thrift Store in Bothell, Washington.
Vision House Thrift Store in Bothell, Washington.

Vision House Thrift Store owns and operates transitional housing, supporting families, individuals and children.  They are doing amazing good in their community!  And the thrift store was awesome!

Huge selection of household goods.
Good selection of household goods.
Great selection of clothing!
Great selection of clothing!
An interesting fitting room, 'natch.
An interesting fitting room, ‘natch.
Yayyy!  A sale makes thrifting even better!
Yayyy! A sale makes thrifting even better!

I scored some nice tops because I’m *fresh out*…

Isn't that pleasing?!
Isn’t that a pleasing collection?!
French Connection tee $3
French Connection tee $3
Simply Vera Wang blush-nude sleeveless top $2.50
Simply Vera Wang blush-nude sleeveless top $2.50
Floral blouse with interesting details $3.50
Floral blouse with interesting details $3.50
Orange tee with striped back for $1.50
Orange tee with striped back for $1.50… black eye not shown!

These pieces will look great with my J Brand!  Next up, a different store in a different state…

Any guesses??
Any guesses??

Those are Voodoo Doughnuts from Portland, Oregon – or as my daughter called it, her “dolly doughnut.”  There were so many thrift stores in Oregon and I had so little time so I just walked to the nearest shop, a vintage clothing shop…

Magpie in Portland
Magpie in Portland
I want that outfit.
I want that outfit.
How could anyone walk by this store?!
And Mr. Style wanted that outfit.

Vintage pieces tend to be priced higher than traditional thrift, but even so, the prices in Magpie were reasonable and the selection was amazing!

Vintage heaven!
Vintage heaven!
Vintage SHOE heaven!
Vintage SHOE heaven!
The chair was not for sale, unfortunately, though I might have had a hard time convincing my hubby to haul it back to Canada anyway!
The chair was not for sale, unfortunately, though I might have had a hard time convincing my hubby to haul it back to Canada!
Dresses arranged by decade!
Dresses arranged by decade!
Vintage chambray romper... not in my size.  Boo.
Vintage chambray romper… not in my size. Boo.
Wool dress - so very cute but so very short.
Wool dress – so very cute but so very short and I’m so very not 39 anymore.
This midi skirt was awesome, but the thing about vintage sizing is that they fit small.  There was no Voodoo Doughnuts back then.
This midi skirt was awesome, but the thing about vintage clothing is that it fits small!  I couldn’t even zip it.  Pretty sure there was no Voodoo Doughnuts back then.
Ah Eighties, thank you for being big, baggy and over-sized!
Ah Eighties, thank you for being big, baggy and over-sized!
Magpie had a HUGE selection of accessories for both men and women - everything from hats to belts to sunnies!  I snagged this cool pendant with a removable chain!
Magpie had a HUGE selection of accessories for both men and women – everything from hats to belts to sunnies! I snagged this cool pendant with a removable chain!

I’m sure there were a ton of little thrift shops in Portland and I was dying to explore more, but alas, it was a family vacation and so I could only ask so much!

The last of my little thrift shop stops...
The last of my little thrift shop stops…

I did hit some BIG thrift stores on my road trip and found another hall-of-fame score, so stay tuned!  More road-thrift adventures coming soon!

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