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A reader asked: “What’s the best neighborhood for alternative shopping in Seattle, Washington?” My answer: Capitol Hill. Go to Broadway East, north of East Olive Way, for a cluster of Goth and secondhand shops.

Creatures of the night congregate at Metro Clothing Company (231 Broadway Ave E, open til 9pm). There’s a large selection of Gothic, Industrial, rockabilly, fetish, and military fashion for men and women.

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Right at the entrance… Iron Fist zombie shoes! (They’re available online here and here)

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Metro carries brands such as New Rock, Lip Service, Demonia, Shrine, Metropolis and more.

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Come add my Fashiolista profile to see my wishlists and outfits. The site’s expanding fast, and just added a Japanese site translation — so look for more Tokyo style on there soon.

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I met up with nomadic Naomi, my Pirate first mate (we run a Tokyo TV hosting, production arranging and consulting company, remember?). Her epic Lolita coat is by Algonquins, from Closet Child Tokyo.

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The drizzle gave me an excuse to wear my Mark Jacobs rainboots, which I got years ago. They’re similar to these MJ boots with a cute bird print. Surprisingly affordable.

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We stopped by Red Light Vintage. As Seattle Weekly put it, “It’s like raiding your parents’ closet, if your parents were Twiggy and MC Hammer.”

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The thrift clothing paradise has two locations, including 312 Broadway.

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The selection ranges from the dubious to the divine. With two floors, the shop’s ripe for plundering.

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Don’t miss out on the basement. It’s Halloween heaven!

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Friendship wall rug, anyone?

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Or a rainbow dolphins fairy dress?

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Any store with a Pirate section deserves an “Arr.”

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With racks for Steampunk, Goth Rocker and 80s prom, Red Light Vintage is a Seattle must-visit.

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PS: The Fashion Brewery blog proclaims it’s “La Carmina Week!” Thanks so much to Telena for interviewing me.

PPS: You can now bid on my Luisaviaroma Worth Couture pug dog, in a charity auction to benefit UNICEF. More photos of me and the toy here.

Do you like to vintage shop? What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever found in a secondhand store? Don’t forget to follow me on Fashiolista for more inspiration.

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  • Vivienne

    capitol hill, indeed! I’ve been to those stores and they’re great xD

  • Oh

    love!!!!!!

  • Tetsa

    beautiful *O*

  • Kevin

    zombies!

  • Tristan

    No Buffalo Exchange? Or did you not get a chance to make it there? Lovely article nevertheless! I love seeing my city get a little love and attention now and again.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Love Seattle!

  • Metro

    Thank you, looks great!

  • http://www.sleeveywondersblog.com/ Jennifer Gray

    Those are precisely the shops I recommend to anyone going to Seattle.  The people who work at Metro were really, really nice when I went there.  Really close to there on Capitol Hill is a coffee shop that has drag shows and excellent waffles.  Thrift-shopping-wise, I noticed that your chances of finding something good at just about any ordinary thrift store are way, way better in Seattle than they are in L.A. In Kirkland, I found one of the best thrift finds ever–a tank top with all the seams on the outside and a diagonal zipper across the front that actually could be unzipped all the way.  I won the deathrock thrift contest! 

    Craziest thing I ever found?  Maybe the Sonia Rykiel trompe l’oeil merino sailor sweater for $38.  It looks like a sailor jacket, with the flap in the back and everything, but it’s really just woven in, like that famous 1927 Schiaparelli trompe l’oeil bow sweater.

  • http://samispoon.blogspot.com/ Sami

     You look lovely as always! :D
    I love the Zombie shoes by Iron fist!

    You were in my dream last night actually, you had your own brand of Purikura machines XD haha, that would be cool!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      That’s so funny!! What a genius idea!

  • Rose

    this is adorable!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikethefreak Michael Junior Harrison

    At times like these I would to like be a model even know I don’t have the six pack for it but the body for it since I don’t get fat.

  • Leyla

    mother of god! those peacock shoes! *__*

  • Manao

    owo

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Wah!

  • Boola

    L
    OVE THESE SHOES!

  • Mahnana

    AWESOME, zombie shoes *0*

  • Lena

    omggg………………….so cute…………….kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • Anne

    I love the way you write!

  • Eric

    Too cute!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Vintage shopping paradise :)

  • Jwaldo

    SHOES! O, Glorious Shoes ♪♫♪→

  • Daian

    amo estos zapatos!! >.<

  • Christina

    They are cute, but you’re gonna have to teach me another word for cute other than “kawaii” I feel it’s been kawaii’ed into the ground… ha : )

  • Tatsushi

    So freakin awesome! :D

  • Fireclown

    Some of those styles are very awesome. :)

  • Mandi

    I love Iron Fist!!! ♥ I have tons!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Meeee tooo

  • Dayka

    wonderful *_*

  • Gayle

    aweeeeeesssooommmmmeeeee :3

  • Shea Kauffman

    You 

  • Shea Kauaffman

    You should also check out bedlambedlam on Pike next time you visit Seattle.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I’d love to! Thanks for inviting me! :)

  • Arettlsar

    I want to move to seattle because they have gothic stores and Nebraska does not have any at all and I am gothic.