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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thrift Store Folds

posted by on April 26 at 11:15 AM

Backstage Thrift, on 11th and Pike, right next to the Northwest Actors Studio, is going out of business.

Greg Kerton, a former NWAS student, opened the thrift shop in 2003 to try and help the struggling theater/acting school. The theater is still there. Soon Backstage won’t be.

Kerton has run up personal debt in trying to keep the thrift store alive. How much? “Too much,” he said. “So now I get to go be someone’s star employee.”

“It’s a little embarrassing,” he said. “I feel like it’s my fault—I came at it kind of ignorant about how to run a business. My intention was to be supportive.”

Do-gooders take heed.

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"Thrift Store Folds, Film at 11" would have been a way funnier title.

Posted by elenchos | April 26, 2007 11:32 AM

They never had any busily-patterned hoodies when I went there. No Bape, no Billionaire Boys Club, nothing! How do they expect to compete on the Hill?

Posted by Eric Grandy | April 26, 2007 11:35 AM

I heard it's going to be... a bar! "Bar Opens on Capitol Hill, Film at 11."

Posted by Bethany Jean Clement | April 26, 2007 11:40 AM

People forget that you can only give so much back to the community when you only have so much to give in the first place.

His heart was in the right place, and his head wasn't.

Posted by Gomez | April 26, 2007 11:41 AM

Oh sad! I loved that place. It was one of the few reasonably priced thrift stores in the city. And, they had some of the most ridiculous CD's. I bought the Melrose Place soundtrack there. How long until it's closed?

Posted by Aislinn | April 26, 2007 11:51 AM

Hi; its West Seattle storefront is closing too, as we noted last week.

Posted by wsb | April 26, 2007 12:33 PM

it's too bad it is going out of business, but that store was way too small, way too cramped, and had way too few of anything worth buying. oh well.

Posted by mike | April 26, 2007 12:57 PM

Sadness :(

Posted by Nay | April 26, 2007 1:02 PM

I loved Backstage Thrift! I'll always remember it as the place where I found the adorable sable green leaf-pattern women's bikini bottom I somehow convinced John Kaufmann to wear in one of my movies. Thanks for the memories, Backstage Thrift! R.I.P.

Posted by chrisdiani | April 26, 2007 1:26 PM

Backstage on Broadway was always kind of lame and picked over, but the one on Admiral rivaled Lifelong, it was so good. So sad.

Posted by kasa | April 26, 2007 4:46 PM

this place was one of my favorite thrift stores for clothes and shoes...i'll miss it. good luck, greg!

Posted by b | April 26, 2007 8:50 PM

this is very sad news.

Posted by stacy | April 26, 2007 10:20 PM

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