Great Little Shops 2019

Workshop Vintage on North Williams Is Piled High with Posh Goods

Come for the vintage, stay to ogle the visual merchandising. (Really).

By Kiva Hanson November 26, 2019 Published in the December 2019 issue of Portland Monthly

Audra Santillo and Nate Moore opened Workshop Vintage five years ago—a spacious spot on North Williams piled high with sustainable local artisan goods and posh vintage clothing—because, quite simply, they love the thrill of the chase.

“Fashion is cyclical—why not just get the original?” says Santillo. “It’s better quality, it’s better for the environment, and it’s a fun experience to go treasure hunting.”

A sweet aesthetic bonus to the curated inventory? The shop’s stellar visual merchandising. Moore built the gorgeous reclaimed wood display cases, shelves, and stands that now stand chock-full of weathered turquoise jewelry, freshly printed celestial notebooks, and clothing that runs from 1940s dresses to ’90s Donna Karan blazers. The artful arrangement credit goes to Santillo, who formerly worked similar magic for the likes of Nike and Macy’s and also does most of the picking. The duo travel across the PacNW to source goods, finding them anywhere from friends’ attics to old barns. “I try to stock things based on what people like, and I make sure everything is in top shape,” says Santillo. “I wouldn’t want to sell someone a project.”

4011 N Williams Ave,

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