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Thrifting tips from a former picker

By Becca Barron, March 23, 2020

Ah, the good old days of “picking”! Did you know that before I came to real estate, I spent 10 years working as a picker, and ran a stall at House of Vintage? I’m here to share that know-how and let you know the best places to pick up cool old items.

Once shops open up again, it will be crucial to support these collectives and the pickers who make them so special!






















Here’s me cleaning out my stall on my last day at House of Vintage!

House of Vintage, obviously

This is a Portland classic. Room upon room upon room of curated stalls with items ranging from old Pyrex to vintage band T-shirts to the occasional vintage Blazers gem. I recommend being plenty hydrated and not going with an empty stomach – there is a LOT to see here.













Red Fox Vintage

This woman-owned collective is a vibrant part of the Woodstock community. Similar to House of Vintage, it’s made up of stalls that are independently curated by different people. Fun fact: I actually still sell ‘90s silver rings out of a stall here!

Goodwill Airport Outlet

Affectionately known as “the bins”, because unlike other Goodwills items are in large bins that you dig through, and everything is priced per pound. It takes a little patience, but can result in gems.

Goodwill Hillsboro Outlet

Another “bins” location, this one is located in Hillsboro. It has a donation center adjacent, so you can easily drop off things you’re done with to make room for new gems.

Becca Barron

Earth Advantage Broker

Becca Barron has been fascinated with real estate, architecture and design since she first discovered Frank Lloyd Wright. Her father is a Master Craftsman who instilled a passion for investing in one’s environment at a young age. With a degree in art education and three years teaching in the Portland school district combined with over a decade of experience as a local small business owner, Becca developed an extensive knowledge of the varied neighborhoods of Portland and the sub-pockets of communities and culture that are popping up within a ten-mile radius. In these hidden neighborhoods, you’ll find great schools, little dive bars, and farmers markets with close access to all of the beautiful Pacific Northwest nature we know and love. Becca is your key to discovering the next great place to live. For those of you ready to sell, her goal is to market your home to the largest pool of buyers possible. Utilizing creative staging, and her own background in contracting, Becca can make sure your home is ready to shine in a competitive market. Whether you’re an experienced investor, new homebuyer, or have questions about the process, Becca can be your guide to a smooth and successful real estate experience. When not real estating like a boss, she enjoys spending her time renovating her mid-century ranch in Milwaukie, hanging out with her partner and their herd of cats, watching both trashy and quality tv, and hunting for secret swimming holes in the summer.
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