Our neighborhood has long been known for its boutiques and gift shops that create a unique and special shopping experience. If you’re looking to jump on the retro bandwagon and pick up some “Mad Men”-esque frocks, antique costume jewelry that tells a story, or a rockin’ pair of cowboy boots, Ballard has a stellar selection of vintage stores to find that one-of-a-kind piece.
With locations in both Old Ballard and the University District, Lucky Vintage has been a Seattle staple for vintage clothing collectors and fashionistas alike. Hung across the charming exposed brick walls are beautiful pieces ranging from ‘40s silk slips to ‘70s fur-trimmed leather jackets. Lucky Vintage offers designer vintage, denim, accessories, and even a seasonal vintage bridal salon. They also buy well-preserved vintage clothing (at least 20 years old) by appointment.
Gold Dogs moved to Ballard in 2015 after finally outgrowing their original home in the Fremont neighborhood. Their collection leans toward a chic Western vibe crossed with the rugged rock ‘n’ roll style that has always been found in the Pacific Northwest. Check out their website for an updated inventory of all their items and the option to purchase online.
Stocked with plenty of new, gently used, and vintage clothing and accessories, Buffalo Exchange will make it very difficult to leave empty-handed. This shop located behind the Ballard Square building is always on top of (and ahead of) the latest trends, and provides an inclusive range of sizes. Bring in your gently used pieces to trade for cash or store credit and update your closet today!
Lemon Drop Boutique
Packed to the brim with bright and funky vintage items, Lemon Drop Boutique has been open since 2009 and in the Ballard neighborhood since 2011. Every nook and cranny holds some treasure from a lifetime ago just waiting to be discovered and given new life. Expertly curated by owner Jodi Obde, Lemon Drop Boutique is a must-see for any stylish vintage enthusiast.
Antique knickknacks, housewares, and handmade gifts grace the shelves of Le Merde. Beautiful vintage dresses and blouses mingle next to racks of locally crafted greeting cards, cases full of one-of-a-kind jewelry, and art magazines. Le Merde is a quirky and feminine shop, despite its name being a loose French translation of — ahem — bodily waste.