Start small on your stroll on the hill with a stop in (1) Bootyland, a neighborhood mainstay for kids’ clothing that is devotedly fair trade, organic and sweatshop free, not to mention a reliable source of baby band tees for $26.95. (Who doesn’t know a 16-month-old Devo fan?)
Continue down Pine Street along Cal Anderson Park and turn left onto 10th Avenue E. The Oddfellows Building is home to (2) NuBe Green; the in-house State line of apparel turns heads with one-of-a-kind pieces made sustainably from local alpaca and other materials made in the USA ($36–$560).
Next you’ll find the neighborhood’s newest high-style addition, (3) Totokaelo, which relocated from Western Avenue in May. The pristine space now has room for a new home section, with furniture, textiles, ceramics and awesome found objects. The apparel and shoe selections retain a minimalist, artistic perfection; try to get your hands on a pair of Dieppa Restrepo oxfords ($250) before they’re gone.
Past Neumos is another newcomer, (4) Kaleidoscope Vision (shown above), which has transformed the former Atlas Clothing space into an open, inviting and serene place for meticulously selected vintage that rotates around monthly design themes, such as Godard and ’60s pop art or 1970s family life (garments start at $30).
It’s worth a visit to (5) Lifelong Thrift Store, around the corner on Union Street, where killer deals on everything from midcentury furniture to designer clothing labels are a sight for wallet-conscious eyes (starting for as little as a Lincoln).
Finally, complete your circuit with a left turn onto 12th Avenue and a right on Pike Street into (6) Veridis, home of lots of LA-, New York- and Canadian-based lines. Check out the fun Trina Turk dresses ($278–$348), bold-patterned blouses from Clover Canyon ($150–$204) and loads of leather jackets for fall, not to mention an admirable men’s section of classy and wearable duds.
Park and go
Squeeze into the first spot you see in the area of 14th Avenue E between Pike and Pine streets. It’s the best bet on the hill, and unmetered to boot.
Every Saturday, the Century Ballroom hosts the Capitol Hill Indoor Flea Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., chock-full of vintage clothes and jewelry, antique finds and offerings from local designers, such as Paul D. Natkin jewelry and Couleurs de Saison women’s accessories.