Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

My favorite Vintage & Thrift Stores in Portland (and online!)

One of my favorite vintage stores in Portland sells a graphic tee featuring a motto I'd love to apply to my own life: "No New Clothes".

When it comes to leading a sustainable lifestyle, shopping second-hand should come first, as the cost of growing or making new material is much higher for the planet and our wallets than the cost of giving a new home to something that already exists.

While thrift shopping might be overwhelming for some of us, Portlanders are lucky enough to have a multitude of seconhand, vintage and thrift stores to chose from. Many of them also have an online store or Instagram account, so you can even make your selection from the comfort of your home!

Here's a list of my favorite, second-hand, consignment, vintage & thrift stores for clothing, home goods & furniture in Portland,OR.

Westside

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Red Luck Online
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  • Red Luck Online
    Website | Instagram
    217 SW 1st Ave. Portland, OR 97204
    Art. Color. Sustainability.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - PDXPLUGD
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  • PDXPLUGD
    Website | Instagram
    Compound Gallery (Upstairs, 2nd floor)
    107 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    Street fashion.

North/NorthEast

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé -Give and Take Resale
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  • Give and Take Resale
    Website | Instagram
    Housewares and wardrobe consignment for the whole community!

  • Celandine Vintage
    Instagram
    911 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211

  • Bristlecone
    Instagram
    4932 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
    Vintage Modern.

SouthEast

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Artifact

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  • Artifact
    Website | Instagram
    3630 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
    Eclectic clothing and design store.

  • Red Fox Vintage
    Instagram
    4528 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, Oregon
    Large selection of clothing, furniture, art, jewelry, records and other nostalgic oddities.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé -Portland Flea Market

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  • Portland Flea
    Website | Instagram
    SE Salmon St & SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

  • Wildflower Vintage
    Instagram | also at Red Fox Vintage & the Portland Flea
    Vintage clothing + home.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Continuall

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  • Continuall
    Instagram | also at Red Fox Vintage & the Portland Flea
    For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.

  • Lowland
    Website | Instagram | also at the Portland Flea
    A curated collection of vintage modern wearables for the everyday.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - House of Vintage

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  • House of Vintage
    Website | Instagram
    3315 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
    Over 60 vintage dealers together in 13,000 sq ft.

  • Red Light Clothing Exchange
    Website | Instagram
    3590 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
    Homegrown, buy-sell-trade, men’s and women’s fashion emporium

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - I am That

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  • I Am That
    Website | Instagram
    3623 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
    Minimalist elevated womenswear.

  • Lost & Found
    Instagram | Pick up in Portland or US shipping
    Lost goods found for you.

Home & Furniture

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé -The Good Mod

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  • The Good Mod
    Website | Instagram
    1313 West Burnside Street, 4th Floor, Portland, OR 97209
    Mid-century furniture house.

  • Urbanite PDX
    Website | Instagram
    1005 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
    Over 40 interior curators of modern, vintage, industrial, art and lighting environs!

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Adored Vintage

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  • Adored Vintage
    Website | Instagram | also at Urbanite
    French countryside meets modern day Jane Austen...

  • Red Snapper
    Instagram
    11049 SE Main St, Milwaukie, OR 97222
    Quality/authentic/restored Danish+American mid-century|modern furniture+design.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Maven Collective

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  • Maven Collective
    Website | Instagram
    7819 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
    Vintage/Found, Handmade + Plants.

  • Midnight Sunlight Shop
    Instagram
    2857 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
    Stocking fine vintage furniture, clothing, records, art, lighting for persons & homes.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - San Johnny

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  • San Johnny
    Website | Instagram
    5308 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
    Weekend mercado of mid century furniture and vintage Mexican art in Foster-Powell.

  • Hawthorne Wintage Modern
    Instagram
    4722 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
    Furniture, lighting, artwork.


Let me know in the comments below what your favorite vintage store is, wherever you live.

My Favorite Local Second Hand Resources

Vintage Shopping for Conscious by Chloé

As you can see on the above picture, our house is a work in progress. Wires hanging here and there, sofa cushions waiting to be upholstered and other DIYs and purchases that we have not yet agreed on.

Octave knows that every time he leaves the house for a couple days he'll find it in a totally different state as I love to rearrange things around the house (things have moved quite a bit since he took this picture).

There aren't many things we brought with us from Switzerland when we moved to the US except for small tables and art, mostly.

The rest of our home decor consists of items we found at flea markets, garage sales, second hand shops, and some we made ourselves.

There are of course a couple new items we were in a rush to get when we found a place to live/work, but for the most part, we were naturally drawn to gently used items.

Here are my favorite resources, for home decor and more:

  • Buy Nothing - Find your local group on the website and join it on Facebook, then browse through the dozens of pictures of items your neighbors are parting with, express your interest and go pick them up.

Other neighborhood social networks like Rooster and Nextdoor also have "classified" and "free items" sections.

  • Instagram - Some people create specific accounts to sell items via Instagram, and others randomly organize garage sales and you're lucky enough to live close by. This is what happened to me last winter. I had been following Liz's Insta for a while and suddenly realized that she was selling her army cot for peanuts. I jumped on the occasion and brought back an extra bed for our guests. She later organized a big garage sale when she emptied her house and left for a big road trip in her Winnebaggo and I scored a couple more items, including the most crooked cactus.

Look for local interior designers on Insta and keep a close eye on their Insta stories, you never know when they're gonna realize that they might be hoarding and decide to host a small or big sale!

  • Craigslist - Is it really worth mentioning why Craigslist is an awesome second hand resource. Our best score was a fridge. Octave noticed the ad, and even though there was no picture and the price was too low to be good, he felt like this was no scam. He was right! The older couple just did not want to bother taking and uploading a picture. We came back home with a close to new KitchenAid fridge for less than $100!

I usually look for specific items but am more and more on the lookout for estate and garage sale dates and times. I'm gonna start getting up earlier and earlier on week-ends to catch the best items.

And a list of my favorite resources for second hand treasures in Portland:

You can find more gems in the "Shop Second Hand" section of my Zero Waste City Guide.


What your best second hand score? Where and how did you find it?

Picture by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Spring in my Step

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé
Photo credits: Octave Zangs

April has been glorious here in PDX (I'm being a little optimistic, but we did see the sun a little more and it rained a little less). The other night, Octave and I took a stroll in our neighborhood to go refill our beer growler and stopped by this corner where the most beautiful shrub had bloomed.

What a perfect background to shoot a quick look!

I've been wearing this jumpsuit non-stop ever since I bought it from Shea, a talented Portland-based designer.

The cut is awfully comfortable, and the fabric quality is the best. Even though I spend my days sitting at the computer, it only gets very few wrinkles.

I've worn it with long sleeves in the winter and now pair it with my favorite second-hand crop top.

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé


Worn / Jumpsuit: Open Air Museum (made in Portland, OR), Top: second hand, similar at Make It Good (made in Portland, OR), Shoes: TOMS (made responsibly in China), Sunglasses: similar at Shwood (made in Portland, OR), Bag: similar at Baggu (made in the USA) and Modern Weaving (made in the USA).


Unless provided, the origin of the items showcased in my looks will not be disclosed as I may no longer share the values of the brands from which I purchased them. I highly recommend you to look for an alternative in my shop, look for similar items in second hand shops or, if you're talented and/or motivated, make your own!