Part of the fun of dressing kids in vintage clothing is the hunt! Nothing beats scoring a one-of-a-kind pair of OshKosh B’Gosh railroad striped overalls from the 80s or a pint-sized houndstooth circle skirt from the 50s. In Seattle, there are a handful of great vintage stores carrying baby and kids clothes from decades past. Consider carving out a few hours one weekend to shop vintage, consignment, and thrift stores for finds from a bygone era. Be prepared: you may come up empty handed, but odds are you’ll find some very cool, unique duds that no other kid on the block is sporting.
Mama-owned for more than 15 years, Bootyland is a Seattle institution for vintage and sustainable clothes. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, Bootyland was the first local business to sell organic wearables for children. Browse the racks of new hemp t’s, cloth diapers, and PVC-free toys on your way to the back of the store. Here’s where the real fun begins. Bootyland is stocked with a constantly evolving rack of vintage sweaters, cords, and dresses for boys and girls in sizes from toddler up. Even better, the store is incredibly kid friendly, so you can bring the whole family along for the ride.
1317 E Pine Street
Seattle, Wa 98122
A recent addition to the Capitol Hill vintage scene is Sara Hofmann’s new light-filled boutique In Commune. A low kid-sized table with crayons will occupy little hands while browsing impeccably culled kids vintage and modern clothing inspired by the past. While you’re there, check out In Commune’s carefully chosen home goods and wearables for grownups.
1510 12th Avenue
Seattle, Wa 98122
Sugartown maintains a small vintage rack for kids, featuring hand-picked separates from the 70s and 80s that can transform your tot into the coolest kid on the playground. Moms looking for a neon vintage maxi dress or vintage rocker t will do well here, too. The shop sits on Market Street near Ballard Avenue, so swing by on your way from Cupcake Royale or Clover Toys.
2421 NW Market Street
Seattle, Wa 98107
Parents who dig vintage and classic toys, typically like to go “retro” with their little ones too. Score some great finds at Retroactive Kids, a hip Seattle boutique for toys, clothes and baby gifts. Here, you’ll discover plenty of one-of-a-kind and vintage-inspired goods for babies and kids of all ages.
4859 Rainer Ave S, Columbia City
Fremont Sunday Street Market
Rain or shine, Seattleites have flocked to the Fremont Sunday Street Market year-round since its inception in 1996. The closest thing Seattle has to a European flea, Fremont Market features rows of vendors stocking a constantly rotating cast of finds, including kids furniture, costume jewelry that’s perfect for extra-sparkly playtimes, and kid-sized vintage tee’s.
400 N 34th Street
Seattle, Wa 98103
smallclothes, West Seattle
This cozy West Seattle resale shop carries quality brands in a clean, easy-to-browse environment. Mom-and-daughter team Ruth and Stephanie Hargrave have done all the zipper-and-button checking so all the vintage items are ready to wear.
3215 California Ave.SW
Don’t feel like leaving the house to hit the racks? A handful of Etsy sellers are dedicated to curating the best vintage finds for little ones. Check out Etsy’s Vintage Kiddo Collective to find favorite sellers from across the U.S. A few best bets include kidwonder from Charlottesville, VA, BlueBirdLucys from Louisville, KY, and Audrey Blissful from Nashville, TN.