Buried Treasure

Get more for a lot less at local resale shops.

By Jenny Davis May 19, 2009 Published in the January 2009 issue of Portland Monthly

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Racks packed with screaming deals at Buffalo Exchange

Image: Daniel Root

1. Buffalo Exchange

It may be a mecca for the “Keep Portland Weird” crowd, but don’t let its tattooed staff and kooky period clothes fool you. Picky employees burrow through hundreds of bags of garments every day so you can nab a North Face jacket for $48 or, say, an Ann Taylor Loft cardigan for $15. And whatever retired duds of yours they don’t want, they’ll donate to local charities. How cool is that?
1036 W Burnside St

2. Bella Stella

Its charming coterie of baby fashions reflects Portland’s reduce-and-reuse ethic and parents’ good sense. Owner and two-time mom Laurel Ackerman’s impressive selection of baby clothes includes Posh Baby pants for $9 ($36 retail) and Bical Grippers shoes for $16 (half off the full price). The shop also has a spacious play area, so the kids can romp around while you trade in their things for store credit on the spot.
Bella Stella is now closed

3. Well Suited

This suit shop’s tailoring services have earned Citysearch’s Best in the City award three years in a row. But it’s the prices that keep gents coming back: Well Suited sells Armani for around $250 (regularly $1,000) and Hugo Boss for $200 (down from about $900). You can also swap your old suit for a comparable one, or place it on consignment and wait for the cash to roll in.
2401 NE Broadway

4. Seams to Fit

Fashionistas flock to this shop to score impeccable designer fashions at prices that would make Carrie Bradshaw swoon. Such high-end goods include Jimmy Choo pumps for $100 (most retail for around $500) and Dolce & Gabbana skirts for a scant $60 (regularly around $400). All the clothes here are less than two years old, flawless, and, most important, totally guilt-free.
2264 NW Raleigh St

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