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Topic: Looking for Swap Meets/Junk Shops in Western WA  (Read 3004 times)
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« on: May 02, 2006 10:56:22 PM »

Hey Craftsters!

I am looking for "brick & mortar" flea markets, swap meets, junk shops, etc, etc.  I have looked on-line for locations and have only found a couple.  I've been to sooo many thrift stores, and really they just aren't the kind of thing I'm looking for.  I know we are not in the best climate for swap meets, which are usually outside, but maybe you guys know of some good ones that are held inside?  I know the Fremont Sunday Market, and have been there a few times.  I'm looking for less complete crafts and more... stuff.  You know, salvage, antique, vintage, junk, equipment.  Anyone have any good places?  I'm in Mountlake Terrace and would be willing to go throughout Snohomish and King Counties.  I dream of a huge warehouse filled with vendors in booths selling everything big to small under the sun.  I guess it would be better if I lived in Los Angeles or New York, huh?

If anyone has any experience with these kinds of places around here, I would love your help!   Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2006 08:35:46 AM »

The best place to get junk and stuff is http://www.freecycle.com. There is a local one for Seattle.


« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2006 04:39:49 PM »

Thanks Melissa!  I'm actually already a member of the freecycle for my county.  It is awesome how many items go through there!  What I'm looking for are actual places where I can go and sift/browse/junk through the inventory.  I'm looking for things like old door stops, light fixtures, window frames... you know, anything that inspires me!  All the flea market lists I've come across pretty much have nothing for Washington, and I figure that can't be right, right?  Any tips would be appreciated!   Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2006 05:30:49 AM »

I have a national directory of thrift shops you might find usefull. I hope it helpes you in your search.


Don't forget to look in your local thrift stores for your crafting supplies. Please check out my national directory of thrift stores at www.TheThriftShopper.Com for your shopping convenience.
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2006 02:54:23 PM »

There's this great place in Port Orchard. It's St.Vincent De Paul.. I think it's a chain store, but this one in particular is by far, my favorite thrift store over here! It has this corner in the back, that has so much craft stuff- they have a bin of buttons, sewing machine parts, tons of notions, etc. They also have this cubby hole thing that has fabric, a bin of remnants, and next to it are bedsheets, etc. It has such a great selection - I love it. It takes alot for me to like a store in particular, but this store is just awesome. It's kind of small, but if you do decide to go, you should definately take a look inside. The prices are very cheap, and the items are of good quality [fifteen hook and eye closures- they cost me ten cents!!!]
1209 Bay St
 Port Orchard, WA 98366
(360) 876-6933

Hopefully I helped!
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2006 01:18:58 PM »

Try the ReStore for fixtures and window frames - there's one in seattle and one in bellingham that i know of.
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2006 07:28:25 PM »

Yeah, ReStore is wonderful. I went for my first time and walked out with a $10 exit sign.
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2006 09:29:09 PM »

Oh, yes, I LOVE ReStore!  I'll find myself looking through doors even, as if I need them.  Wink

Also, I recently found store in south Seattle called Second Use.  I still haven't been, but it is a HUGE warehouse with all sorts of stuff.

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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2006 07:18:00 AM »

Unfortunately it seems a lot of flea market stuff in our area is more of a scheduled event. Anacortes just had Shipwreck day with is a town-wide yard sale/flea market. I bet you could look up event listings ( http://www.craftlister.com/events/search/?PHPSESSID=5febd68415708e8800ab8780febdf694 ) and see where events might be held. County fairgrounds always seem to have a couple each year.

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