I follow enough fashion bloggers to know that thrifting is a great way to be stylish without the cost. I stumbled upon Lifelong Thrift Store while walking aimlessly around Capitol Hill. Apart from being a long-standing Seattle institution, it is quite seriously one of the most well-managed and organized thrift shops I have ever been to.
Rows and rows of clothing are organized by size and item. This is a great place to buy graphic tees, Gap jackets and Banana Republic dresses, baby clothes, scarves, ties, hats, shoes, belts and many other accessories. The brand name clothing is all in good shape. I snagged a J Crew vintage white t-shirt for $2. I was told that ever since American Apparel closed their stores, a number of new t-shirts have also been donated here. I imagine this would also be a great place for Halloween costumes.
Downstairs holds all the treasures of a well-stocked attic, with shelves full of books, children’s toys and games, seasonal decor such as Christmas ornaments, art work, mirrors, other furniture and storage units. I find myself carrying several items under my arm while listening to hits from the ’90s. There is an impressive record and CD collection, too.
Frequent shoppers know all about the white tag Wednesdays, as well as other colors offering further discounts.
Lifelong is a nonprofit community-based thrift store that aims to provide food, shelter and support to those with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions.