RIP Tacoma Thrift: How One 6th Ave Business Has Been Pushed Out

November 14, 2018 1 By Sara Kay

Abruptly the time has come to say goodbye to Tacoma Thrift, the 6th Ave business you’ve probably walked by or driven past a few dozen times or more.

Hearing of their demise might initially seed a pit of guilt in your stomach for not having stopped to shop more frequently, but it isn’t us average Tacomans responsible for this outcome, it seems. It’s the turning of the tide in the City of Destiny as a whole.

Because Tacoma Thrift’s Jess put it so well herself today in an announcement on Instagram, we now defer to her exact words:

To our wonderful customers, friends, and customers who have become friends – I am sad to report that the building we are in has sold and the rent has increased to more than we can afford. (Don’t worry, Shakabra isn’t going anywhere but the rest of the tenants here will be forced to leave.) Everything is $1 from now until we close in mid December. Our hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 12-4.

As happy as I am to see Tacoma growing, improving and becoming the amazing city we all knew it could be, it is unfortunately no longer a place for a locally owned affordable thrift shop. As much as I will miss running it, it would be inauthentic for me to attempt to triple the prices so we can make rent. This store has always had a mission to be accessible to all income levels. I wanted it to be a curated, welcoming environment where there is something for everyone, and that’s what it will be remembered as. I built this store from the ground up at the age of 25 and I am very proud of what it accomplished.

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As for me, I’m going to go back to school. I have learned so much in this journey and now I have a fresh start. I will be here 12ish to 4ish Tues-Sat until everything is gone. Come grab something to remember us by and say goodbye! Please don’t feel sad for me – I feel extremely hopeful. Feel sad for Tacoma and its inability to sustain tiny businesses. From here on out I will be spending my time preparing for school and looking for a job because in this life you can only move forward. In short, DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN!

All my love and genuine thanks for these wonderful years.

Jess

Thanks to Tacoma Thrift for not only being the place where we found delightful odd trinkets and 253 tags as we were just starting out, but for being so clear about what’s happening now.

Best of luck to you, Jess, on your new ventures! We’ll be cheering you on.

Photos by Sierra Hartman and courtesy of Instagram/tacomathrift.