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The Indy Shares Local Vintage Stores for a Weekend of Thrifting

Over the pandemic, thrifting at local vintage stores resurged as a trend to support small businesses, to save money during the pandemic recession, and to help protect the environment by recycling clothes instead of buying from fast fashion companies. While many thrifters frequent Goodwill, there are plenty of unique small businesses that faced hardships from the pandemic that need support. 

The Indy shares four local vintage stores in downtown Vancouver that are located relatively close to Clark’s campus so students and faculty can go somewhere new.

Most Everything Vintage With Its Unique Decor and Variety of Antique Items (Sean Campbell/The Indy)

Most Everything Vintage

Only one block away from Esther Short Park is a charming, small boutique on Washington Street. Most Everything Vintage, circa 2010, sells vintage items for all genders, as well as vintage furniture and work from local designers.

“We’re really picky about the things that we purchase,” said Jamie Driver, an employee of nine years. “We try to get the story of all the things we do purchase so we can pass that along to other people.”

The store holds many events over the course of the year, including their summer event Mad About Plaid in August, and First Friday, where the store stays open for longer.

“We get a lot of older people who bring us in their cheerleader outfits from the 1940s and 1950s,” Driver said. “I guess that’s why it’s cool being local, because a lot of it comes in locally [from] people who grew up here.”

Most Everything Vintage is closed on Monday, but is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Check out the store’s website for more information, including upcoming events and the history of vintage fashion. You can also find the store on Instagram, @mosteverything, and on Facebook, where newest arrivals are posted before they hit the store floor. 

Aisle in House of Vintage Showcasing Vintage Paintings, Furniture, and Clothing (Sean Campbell/The Indy)

House of Vintage Vancouver:

A part of the Vancouver Art’s district, House of Vintage Vancouver sits on Main Street. With collections of vintage furniture, art, clothes, and other antiques, this site differs from its sister store in Portland, which is well known for its variety of vintage clothes.

Both stores are vendor stores. Meaning multiple suppliers provide inventory for each location.

Joe Learned, employee and also former Clark Indy staff said his favorite thing about the store is the furniture.

“We’re trying to keep the clothes out of here, but it’s hard.” Learned said. “People just want to buy clothes.”

House of Vintage Vancouver is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

By heading to the store’s website, you can find more information about both stores, as well as the Vancouver location’s gallery of items. Follow them on Instagram @houseofvintagevancouver and @houseofvintagepdx, and on Facebook. 

Main St Vintage is Home to Various Antiques and One-of-a-Kind Finds (Holland Burris/The Indy)

Main St Vintage:

A few blocks down the street from House of Vintage, lies Main St Vintage. Taken over by the current owners in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, this shop sells everything from antique furniture, to hand-made jewelry, to vintage books.

As a vendor boutique market, the store puts a good amount of trust and appreciation in its employees, which the owners and vendors treat as a close-knit family.

Long-time vendor Deborah Crawford said that the history of the items sold is what makes them unique.

“They can literally walk in the door and there is history,” Crawford said. “Everyday vendors bring in new things so there’s always something to nurture your soul with.”

Crawford spoke highly of each of the vendors, specifically showing off the modern paintings by a local artist on one wall, and vintage uranium glass behind the counter showing how it glows under a blacklight. Amanda Leisure, one of the store’s owners, mentioned that whatever you can think of, the store probably has it.

Main St Vintage is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Check out the store’s website for more information about the store and to contact them for inquiry. Their instagram is @mainstvintagevancouver.

Exterior of Urban Eccentric With Front Window Items to Entice Shoppers (Holland Burris/The Indy)

Urban Eccentric:

A part of the downtown Vancouver community for over two decades, Urban Eccentric is an experienced observer of fashion. Seller of resale, vintage, and some modern items, the store contains a wealth of possibilities for casual wearers and fashionistas alike.

Chris Jochum, the owner, loved thrifting when she was younger and knew she wanted to buy a vintage store.

“It was my brother and his friends who took me to my first thrift store,” Jochum said. “It’s pretty exciting when you find something and it’s unexpected.”

The store has a retro feel and racks of clothing styles inclusive for all genders. In the back of the store is a 50% off rack, and a $1 rack for those searching on a budget. Jochum also mentioned that the store offers affordable pricing, which is especially good for college students.

“We have a lot of different styles to play around with,” Jochum said.

Urban Eccentric is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information about Urban Eccentric, check out their instagram @urbaneccentricvintage, or their Facebook. You can also shop the store’s items on their Etsy website.

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