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Travel - My favorite Vintage & Thrift Stores in Portland, OR (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.

Travel - Day Hiking Essentials

Day Hiking Essentials by Conscious by Chloé

Over the past few weeks, I've had the chance to go on short hikes alone, or with friends. On a couple occasions, people have shared their surprise about the fact that I carry a backpack and a first-aid kit.

It's only natural to me, just like I wouldn't drive without my seatbelt on. But it's not always been the case. It's only after I attended a mountain safety workshop and had a couple misadventures myself that I really started writing my own backpacking checklist.

Now, whether it's only for a short walk in Portland's amazing Forest Park or for a steeper hike in the Columbia gorge, I always make sure I cover the following 10 essential aspects, for my safety, for my comfort and for the environment.

1. Navigation

I have to admit that I am totally guilty of only bringing my phone with me and a screen shot of my route. Don't be like me, and do the right thing! Get a map (and a protective case), a compass, and learn the basics of navigation.

Day Hiking Essentials by Conscious by Chloé

2. Protection

My skin hates the sun, so you'll never see me out without either long sleeves or a thick coat of sunscreen, and a hat on my head.
As for insulation, I usually wear a base layer, a hoodie, a pair of leggings, and a pair of hiking socks, and keep a waterproof jacket and a puffer jacket in my backpack.

4. Light & Sound

No matter how early I leave or how short my hike will be, there's always a headlamp in my bag. I once had to snowshoe in the dark, it won't happen to me ever again! A whistle is also a cheap and efficient way to let people know where you are should you get lost.

Day Hiking Essentials by Conscious by Chloé

5. First-aid supplies

I got my first-aid kit after a preparedness workshop. It proved to be pretty useful very quickly, even if it was just to help a friend who had a stomach ache during a short car ride.

I added an emergency blanket to my kit. They're very lightweight, cheap and efficient, so get a bunch of these and put them everywhere, in your backpack, in your car, in your home!

6. Fire

  • A lighter or matches in a waterproof container

I just learned how to start a fire. We never light fires during our camping trips because we feel it's safer to cook with a gas backpacking stove, but they can save your life in case of an emergency.

7. Tool Kit

I usually have a knife or shears for foraging, but a multi-tool could be pretty useful under unexpected circumstances.

Day Hiking Essentials by Conscious by Chloé
The reusable food wrap pictured above was gifted to me by LilyBee Wrap.

8. Nutrition

I like to pack my supplies in sealed pouches so that they do not spill or attract wildlife but I sometimes just put snacks in a cloth bag and wrap a sandwich in reusable food wrap.

Day Hiking Essentials by Conscious by Chloé

9. Hydration

I usually like bottles with a sport spout. But this one by Tillak (coming soon) is lightweight, insulated and easy to clean.

10. Plogging

  • Trash bag
  • Gloves

Have you ever heard of plogging? It's a Swedish trend which consists in picking up trash as you exercise outdoors.

I have increasingly gotten very mad as I kept seeing trash during my hikes, so I started packing a trash bag and a pair of gloves to pick up litter as I go. It will not save the world, but it will make me happier and make the trail nicer for the next hikers. Also, following the "broken windows theory", I want to imagine that a pristine trail will be less likely to be trashed that one that's already covered in litter.

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Most of these items never leave my backpack, which never leaves my car. That way I'm always ready to go on a short hike and I have an emergency kit with me at all times!

Women in the Outdoors

Now talking about women and the outdoors, I wanted to share a couple people and resources that have been inspiring me lately to get more outside:


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Zero Waste City Guide - Geneva, Switzerland

The Zero Waste City Guide to Geneva, Switzerland - Guide Zéro Déchet de Genève by Conscious by Chloé
Image credit: Samuel Zeller

Although Switzerland is the fifth waste producer (the USA are 6th) in the developed world with 2.61kg per capita per day, it seems like many recycling and waste reduction solutions are widely available in the country.

I've lived in Geneva for more than 10 years before moving to the the States and now have the priviledge to spend a month there every year for work.

Its first bulk shop opened about a year after I launched my blog so I've been lucky enough to be able to follow the city's growing zero waste community with great interest and witness the apparition of more eco shops and green initiatives during each one of my visits.

I've seen the city change quite a bit in the past couple years, especially on the sustainability front. This year, I've been happy to notice that my 2 "usual" shops, the very popular "Coop" and "Migros" started expanding their own dried goods in bulk selection and to discover a whole new list of vegan-friendly restaurants.

In this Zero Waste Guide to Geneva, you'll find a variety of bulk stores, vegan restaurants, organic beauty salons, biodynamic wine bars, second-hand shops and so much more.

I hope you'll find it useful. Don't hesitate to send me your comments and questions or to share more suggestions in the comments.

Click on the top left icon on the map to show the various categories or open it in full screen.

General Information

Transportation

Geneva is a very walkable city, especially in the summer. But if you're not a fan of walking or lack the time to do so, you have 2 options:

  • Public transportation, aka TPG - If you fly to Geneva, you'll find a ticket machine by the luggage pick-up belts. It prints FREE 80 minute public transportation tickets. That's a great way to get to the city center by bus or by train for free! For the rest of your stay, you can either get your tickets through the TPG app, buy a prepaid card at the train station's TPG shop or just do it the old way and buy tickets at the bus stop machines. The TPG tickets allow you to travel by train (from the airport to the train station), by bus, by tramway and even by boat (the cute little yellow and red ones).

  • Bike - You can rent a bike at Genève roule, right behind the train station. I think they also give you a map to figure out the prettiest and safest routes.

Recycling, Composting

  • There are recycling bins all over town, at the airport, at the train station and many other hubs. If you're looking into recyling more specific items like glass, PET, batteries, textiles, paper, aluminium and tin, compost, look at this Ecopoints map.

Water Quality

Tap water is drinkable in Geneva, including the water from the water fountains (unless posted otherwise).
85% of people in the city drink tap water. It's up to 1000 times more eco-friendly to drink it, it's 100 to 500 times less expensive than bottled water (or actually free if you get it at public water fountains or you hotel), 90% of it comes from the lake and 10% comes from phreatic zones. So don't forget to bring your own bottle.

Sustainable Initiatives

Geneva has got a buoyant creative community which I've been lucky to be a part of for many happy years.

  • Boîte d'échange entre voisins - Neighbors put in their local « Neighbourhood Exchange Box » items they no longer need so someone who might need them can take them. I actually highly recommend you watch the TEDx conference by the brain behind this project, Dan Acher. It's so heartwarming!

  • Ge-Repare.ch - A directory of all the places where you can repair your stuff instead of having to just throw it away!

  • Element21 - Tips and projects to make the city more sustainable, from banning plastic bags to saving water at home.

  • Keep in use - A platform where you can publish an ad to give things you no longer have a need for.

  • Ecoccinelles - Family focused DIY to protect kids from harmful susbtances (in the air, in cosmetics, in food).

  • popnfix - It's the equivalent of Taskrabbit. You can hire a handyperson, sell, give or rent items you no longer need.

  • pumpipumpe - On this website, you can order stickers and stick them onto your mailbox in order to show your neighbours which things they can borrow from you (sewing machine, tools, cooking utensils, camping gear).

  • Green mop - This sustainability-focused platform publishes recipes, teaches classes, gives talks and even has an online shop.

  • DIY Geneva - DIY Geneva is a great online and in person resource for people who want to make their own cleaners, decorate their homes or repairing their own bike.

  • Esprit Nutri - Raw cooking, natural cleaning products & cosmetics and zero waste workshops.

  • Formule Nature - Make your own cosmetics.

  • Bees4you - Adopt a beehive.

Green Events

Zero Waste Community

More resources

Annik Wetter, MAMCO - The Zero Waste City Guide to Geneva, Switzerland - Guide Zéro Déchet de Genève by Conscious by Chloé by Chloé
Image credit: MAMCO

Activities

Know What's Up

Outside

Inside

Birdie Coffee Shop - The Zero Waste City Guide to Geneva, Switzerland - Guide Zéro Déchet de Genève by Conscious by Chloé by Conscious by Chloé
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Useful expressions

No straw please
Pas de paille s'il vous plaît

Could you put it in my bag/cup?
Pourriez-vous le mettre dans mon sac/ma tasse?

I've brought my own bag.
J'ai mon propre sac.

No receipt please.
Pas de ticket s'il vous plaît.

The Zero Waste City Guide to Geneva, Switzerland - Guide Zéro Déchet de Genève by Conscious by Chloé
Image credit: Samuel Zeller


Do you live in Geneva? Are you planning a trip to Switzerland this year?

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Also, who else gains 3 pounds whenever they travel to Europe (#chocolate #croissants #chocolatecroissants) ?

Travel - My Favorite Small Shops in Portland, OR

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Whether you need a last minute Valentine's gift or just want to treat yourself to a luxurious body oil, these Portland small shops got you covered.

It was very hard to narrow them down to 5, but you'll soon be able to discover all my favortie in the Conscious by Chloé City Guide I'm currently working on.

1. Palace

Palace has got the best zine selection. I'm always tempted to get one of the many funny and activist pins they sell. And, last but not least, they also offer a wode variety of zero-waste friendly accessories (furoshiki, wooden utensils). Also, the shop is accross the street from my favorite lunch spot, Luce.

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2. Spartan

I never miss an opportunity to stop by Spartan after looking for vintage treasures at the Portland Flea. I am a fan of their kitchenware. Their taste in ceramics is on point. It's now also very close to my new studio and within walking distance from Rejuvenation and its little cantine, Figlia Americana.

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3. Field Trip

Field Trip can be summed up in 3 words: California meets Oregon. There's something so peaceful in Kara's shop. Her self-care selection is simply the best in Portland and I love her penchant for all things witchy (incences, crystals, tarot workshops).

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4. Wild Poppy Goods

Wild Poppy is the last small shop I discovered in Portland last November. Taylor's aesthetics got me hooked at the first Instagram post I saw. Funny story: I had forgotten my wallet, but still came back home with a jade roller and paid for it online once I got home. It's the little things that make you come back.

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5. Beam & Anchor

I save a visit to Beam & Anchor for special occasions, especially when I'm on the hunt for a host/hostess gift. Their home goods selection is so simple and elegant! Plus, they carry Roots & Crowns product, and I'm a total fan of Max's herbal apothecary.


Do you live in Portland or are you planning on visiting Bridge City any time soon? What's the one shop you('d) love to stop by?

Travel - Escape to Oregon

Escape to Oregon by Conscious by Chloé for Billabong

A year ago, I wrote a little piece for the Billabong blog on our journey from Southern California to Northern Oregon and realized that I never shared it with you.

There it goes:

Escape to Oregon by Conscious by Chloé for Billabong

After getting married at a drive-in in Vegas and spending one year in Southern California - where we opened a coworking space and a photo studio - Octave & I decided to leave everything behind, go on a month-long road trip up the Pacific Coast highway and move to Portland.

Escape to Oregon by Conscious by Chloé for Billabong

We had never been to Oregon before, but as soon as we crossed the state border, we were sold. Oregon is the perfect mixture of windswept beaches, snowy mountains, lush forests, dusty deserts and eco-conscious cities. And Portland is a great spot to settle down. Each neighborhood has a small village feel, but the city, with its buoyant music, art and food scene, has no reason to envy bigger cities.

The best way to slow down, get grounded and empty your mind is to reconnect with nature. We try to get away from our desks as much as we can to get some fresh air and go on adventures.

Octave got Charlie, a vintage Land Cruiser that he’s been refurbishing for a couple months. We usually just throw some food and clothes in a bag, hop on the truck and go on adventures, whether it’s to hike, snowboard or just sleep outside for a night.

Read the rest of our story here.