REDMOND, Wash. — SEATTLE CHILDREN'S BARGAIN BOUTIQUE was voted BEST THRIFTING in 2019's Best of Western Washington viewers choice poll.
Opening the door at Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutiques helps keep the doors at the hospital open to everyone.
Every time someone buys a gently-used treasure, the money goes to the uncompensated care fund - making sure any family who needs care gets it.
"I'm always so grateful, and I think that's why I love the mission so much. Because there's not enough hours in the day to give back to the families,” said Eva Campbell, Dir. of Bargain Boutiques
Campbell knows firsthand how patients’ families feel - her own son was twice treated at the hospital, as a newborn and again as a toddler.
Inside the Redmond Bargain Boutique, patients smile down at customers from photos on a wall - a reminder that this is a thrift store with a purpose.
It also has a great selection of handbags, clothing, shoes, accessories, antiques, and housewares.
There are also luxury items you can't believe someone would donate. "We've received a ring worth $10,000,” Campbell said. "We get designer shoes, designer handbags that are brand new."
On top of the already deep discounts, colored tags offer additional savings on a rotating basis. It's why so many customers - and employees - are regular shoppers.
"I have a basket going every day, and I work five days a week. Don't tell my husband. There's always something in it,” laughed assistant manager Martha Rames.
100% of net proceeds support Seattle Children's and sometimes donated goods go directly to families in need.
“We'll pull bags together of clothes for the babies, for the moms, for the dads, shoes that are appropriate for winter, things like that,” Rames said. “So that's when it really hits home, the good that we're doing."
There are six Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutiques in the Puget Sound and Eastern Washington.