The Red White & Blue holds a storied place in my thrift store memories. It is the furthest thrift out McLoughlin, and before I began researching the strip, it seemed like it was 45 minutes away. To make matters worse, it is not open on Sundays, nor is it open later than 6pm.
You walk in, and it's a small store, devoid of the color-coordinated marketing posters and aisle markers of Goodwill or Value Village. It's devoid even of a fitting room. The place reminds me of Portland almost twenty years ago, before the '89 earthquake, before the Californians came, and Starbucks—before the economy brightened just enough to eliminate the millions of mom and pop thrifts like this one that lined the streets of SE.
The prices on clothes (most are $2.95 out of a range of $.95-$5.95, and some new items are as much as $9.95) and shoes (most are $2.95 out of a range of $1.95-$12.95) are okay. I admit, I was like, I drove to Gladstone for this? Clothes are sorted by size, and there is a plus-sized section.
But pay attention to the boards above the cash register to see what is on sale. When I was there, everything but yellow and red tags was marked down 50%, and the blue tags were 75%. That can make it absolutely worth the trip.