If you are in the market for a purple unicorn head to mount on your child’s bedroom wall or looking for a birdhouse made from a wee-one’s wellington boot, we have found just the place for you. The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall! It’s quirky and original and can be found just south of downtown Seattle in Georgetown. If you’re ready to explore some tiny trailers and score some vintage finds, grab your crew and read on for the inside scoop on Seattle’s most eclectic mall in town.
This funky little mall began in 2010 and since then has moved to its current location on Airport Way South behind the Seattle Tavern. Eight charming trailers make up this treasure trove where you and the family can sift through an assortment of ephemera and find unique items that you really won’t find anywhere else. Psst… If you’re looking for vintage clothes, kitschy trinkets and some off-the-wall home decor, check out Urban Treasury.
Tiny Trailers, Big Finds
The Royal Mansion Gallery is in the largest trailer on the lot. It’s a 1951 Royal Mansion trailer. Here, you and your little treasure seekers can sift through prints by Justin Hillgrove of Imps and Monsters fame. You can also find handcrafted object d’art from local artists including Jesse Link, Ugly Baby and Mary Enslow, who also happens to be the Trailer Park Mall’s manager.
If you’re not quite sure what to do with your great aunt’s macrame plant holder Seek and Restore might make you a deal. They not only offer up vintage clothes and trinkets, but they also buy and consign items that you might have been hoarding for a while. Time to clean out those attics!
When you go, make sure to stop into Deep Sea Sugar and Salt. A tiny trailer filled with flavor and cake that Charlie Dunmire slices up on the weekends. Favorite cakes include a 9 pound Porter Chocolate Cake, soaked in Georgetown Brewery’s 9lb Porter, PNW Chocolate which is a dark chocolate cake soaked in stout and a Douglas Fir syrup. If the kiddos aren’t into cakes soaked in stout, try The London Fog—an earl gray cake soaked in a honey syrup, with an early gray cream cheese frosting that resembles fog. A slice will set you back $6, cupcakes are $3.50.
Bonus: Two words… Cake Club. That’s right, CAKE club! In early April, Dunmire will offer cake delivery to Cake Club members. Buy five whole cakes and get the sixth one free! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the deets.
photo: Mary Enslow
Just for Kids, or Maybe Not
If your clan visits on a Sunday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. you might run into Margaux and her Temporary Tattoo set-up. This kid-trepreneur will give you a temporary tattoo with all the proceeds from her cottage business benefiting the nonprofit organization, Treehouse.
Good to Know
The Trailer Park Mall is part of Georgetown’s ART ATTACK, a local art walk that happens every second Saturday. Wander through Georgetown and stop into the Trailer Park Mall for live music, a performance or an event. ART ATTACK takes place from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. And warmer temps in the summertime mean that the Trailer Park Mall will bring out its kiddie pools and sprinklers, with the Seattle Tavern offering up hot dogs and beverages.
Psst! After you’ve looked at all the ephemera you can handle, check out these family-friendly restaurants in Georgetown.
Georgetown Trailer Park Mall
5805 Airport Way S.
Seattle, Wa 98108
Hours: Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun.,11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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— Natalia Dotto (all photos courtesy of Natalia Dotto Photography unless otherwise noted)