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I've never even heard of that place, but three days notice? That ought to be illegal.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 19, 2007 11:24 AM

thrifting has been dead for 10 years.

Posted by maxsolomon | October 19, 2007 11:47 AM

what was their gimmick?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 19, 2007 11:50 AM

I think their "gimmick" was they got whatever Value Village or St. Vinnie's didn't want.

And does this mean that Fabricland next to the Greenwood Thriftko is going under as well?

Posted by COMTE | October 19, 2007 11:56 AM

Fabricland is gone already.

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | October 19, 2007 11:59 AM

I'm a little nervous: what is the actual plan now for that whole plot of land? Is it posted somewhere?

Thriftko will be missed. I've gotten some pretty sweet clothes there.

Posted by Levislade | October 19, 2007 12:07 PM

@1 “…three days notice? That ought to be illegal.”

So... how many days notice do you propose be required by law? One must reasonably assume that you intend that such a requirement should be mutual to both employee and employer. (Any thing less would be neither equitable nor just, right?)

I think we are better off with at will employment, it helps us avoid pesky things like forced labor and other forms of slavery… (At least try to consider unintended consequences...)


“casualty of urban redevelopment” = failed to adapt.

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | October 19, 2007 12:07 PM

YEAH for Urban Redevelopment!!! More mixed use buildings for Seattle!! I know we just have such a shortage of high priced condos and retail space that no one will ever be able to afford. This will help alleviate that shortage!!!!

Posted by Just Me | October 19, 2007 12:32 PM

Isn't that part of Greenwood a giant sinkhole -- literally, not figuratively? The recently built mixed-use thing between Thriftko and the Safeway has been shrouded and re-sided at least twice in the past three years, and it still has cracks in it.

Posted by horatiosanzserif | October 19, 2007 12:35 PM


Every place I've ever worked required me to give a certain amount of notice before I quit. In the same vein, none of those employers felt it was required to give their employees notice before lay-offs or firings. For workers, notice is required. For employers, it's optional.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 19, 2007 1:09 PM

I'm pretty sure that Greenwood store is already gone. Hope that's not a sinkhole - they're building more condos over that entire block. Yikes.

Posted by tlw | October 19, 2007 1:10 PM

Thriftko was the worst goddamn thrift store in the universe. Their stores were filled with GARBAGE. Good riddance.

Though I did once buy a 48-J bra there once.

Posted by Fnarf | October 19, 2007 1:11 PM

Yuppie scum stay away from my Baranof!

Posted by bobcat | October 19, 2007 1:28 PM


I don't believe the "two weeks notice" is an actual legal requirement for quitting your job, it has simply become an accepted practice, and employers usually push it as leverage if you want to get a good job recommendation from them, for example. However, it's my understanding that employers are not under any legal obligation to continue to pay a salary after receiving a letter of resignation, and in many instances the employee may be told to not return to work well before the two-week period expires due to security or retaliatory concerns.

In fact, many career councillors now advise workers to be prepared to leave the moment their letter of resignation hits their boss' desk, since there is a very strong likelihood they will be asked to leave immediately anyway.

Posted by COMTE | October 19, 2007 2:03 PM

The Baranof appears to be safe for now. And yes, much of the thriftko site is over a peat bog. The block is being redeveloped. The McDonald's on Greenwood Ave is also going.

There will be a new street from Greenwood Avenue to 1st running east west (let's call it 86th). The building that the Thriftko is in will get a new facade on the north side to face the new street, and new unknown tenants. A new mixed use building (3 stories) will go in across the street where there is now a parking lot. The buildings will be built on pilings reaching to solid ground, and no basement is allowed in the peat bog area.

The Mcdonalds site will also have the new street, and two-story buildings on the corners created at 86th and Greenwood. At 86th and Palatine there will be a multi-story office building on the south side, and, some day, a mixed use building on the north side.

Some of the streets will incorporate natural drainage, I think a first in a neighborhood business district.

The property owner was very good about taking the project through neighborhood planning and responding to feedback.

Greenwood has characteristics of business districts to the south which grew up around streetcars (we had the interurban once), and auto-oriented ones to the north. It will be interesting to see how well the new developments do in helping create a pedestrian friendly business district.

Posted by Michael McGinn | October 19, 2007 2:14 PM

The Value Village on 11th and Pike looks like it's being sold too, it has a huge developers sign on it.

Posted by Colton | October 19, 2007 2:44 PM

Wow, that's good news about the site. I'll kind of miss driving through there in its current, falling-into-the-earth state; it's like driving on a giant potato chip. But when it rains, it's a lake.

I miss the fabric store a lot more than I will the crappy thrift store. Hancock is closing a lot of their older stores, which makes getting decent fabric and notions -- god damn, I love notions -- harder and harder. You end up in the hell that is Jo-Ann or Michael's, which is a piss-poor substitute.

Posted by Fnarf | October 19, 2007 2:45 PM

I think that everyone should be unionized and that the rich should be taxed for being alive. Libertairians should be liquidated, and their assets given to the poor.

Posted by you_gotta_be_having_a_stroke_right_about_now | October 19, 2007 4:44 PM

Greenwood? Urban? I don't think so.

Posted by mattro2.0 | October 19, 2007 5:25 PM

Home sweet home!

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | October 19, 2007 8:12 PM

Hey, that wasn't a crappy thrift store! I even made the trek up to Aurora after the Greenwood one closed down. I think 80% of my wardrobe came from there! You could always get into a fitting room, and they played agreeable oldies, and it was a thousand times less depressing than any other thrift store I know.

And thrifting is hardly dead, for those of us who aren't into working hours and hours just for one outfit. Jeez.

Posted by Iris | October 19, 2007 8:48 PM

I've always gotten my clothes from Thriftko, they were an awesome thrift store, compared to Thrftko, St. vinnies and Value Village are overpriced, Ever since i was a little kid my mom and I have gone there on holiday half off days we were going to buy a halloween costume today to find that it was closed. Our bestfind there was a $50 fully working Gulbransen electric church organ, not to mention my entire wardrobe. It was by no means a crappy thrift store.

Posted by Bjorn Harlson | October 28, 2007 10:08 PM

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