We have reached that time of year for kids to head back to school, which means it’s also time for back-to-school shopping for many of us. Shopping at local thrift shops is a great way to fill up the kiddos’ closets before classes are back in session.
One major benefit of buying clothing second-hand is the environmental impact; when you buy used clothing, you are extending the life of those clothes rather than seeing them end up in a landfill. Thrift shopping is also often more economical than buying new. With kids growing and experimenting with their style, thrifting is an excellent way to stretch your dollar further.
Vancouver is home to some fantastic thrift shops where you can stock up your closet in style. Check out one of the locations below to see what secondhand treasures await.
Location: 440 NE 4th Ave., Camas, (Route 92)
4Ever Growing Kids Consignment offers children’s clothing, toys, and accessories. It also carries maternity wear if Mom is in the market for clothes for herself.
Location: 7811 NE Highway 99, Vancouver (Routes 71, 78)
Chic Boutique is a great spot to check out for women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing sizes. There are options for everyone, making it a one-stop-shop for families looking for clothing for all ages.
Location: 16111 SE McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver (Routes 30, 37, 80)
Careful curation goes into the clothing selection at Deja Vu. It has a variety of high-end women’s clothing and accessories, if you’re in the market for something extra special.
Location: 604 E Main St., Battle Ground (Route 7)
Kidz Cloz has been in business for almost 30 years. As a longtime Battle Ground storefront, the store has made it a point to give back to its community by supporting local groups such as the North County Food Bank, Battle Ground High School, and Share House. The inventory isn’t just limited to kids’ clothing—you can also find items for women, men and juniors as well.
Location: 7708 NE Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver (Route 32)
Little Bo-Tique started out selling maternity and children’s clothing, but has expanded its selection to include shoes, purses, furniture and décor. The store also supports local artists by carrying their items ranging from burp cloths to pottery.
Location: 316 SE 123rd Ave., D8, Vancouver (Route 37)
Mommy & Me was formed by a mother-daughter duo that originally opened an e-commerce store. After about a year, they opened their brick-and-mortar storefront where they sell gently used women and children’s clothing. Mommy & Me has maintained an online store as well if you’d prefer shopping through the website.
Location: 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver (Routes 7, 32, 72, 74, 78, 80, Vine)
Pipsqueak Resale Boutique describes itself as selling recycled, gently loved, name-brand kids’ clothing, baby furniture and toys. The store is conveniently located in the Vancouver Mall, a perfect spot to visit if you’re already going back to school shopping there.
Location: 915 W 13th St., Vancouver (Route 25)
Secondhand Solutions carries a little bit of everything and is run by Open House Ministries residents and volunteers. Open House Ministries is a family shelter in Vancouver, and Secondhand Solutions helps serve as a way for residents to train and learn new skills. Every Monday is Children’s Day, which means 50% off kids’ clothing and equipment.
Location: 10910 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver (Routes 7, 74, 80)
Tiny Hinys carries baby, children’s and maternity clothing, in addition to furniture and other gear. It also has a photographer on staff and plenty of photo props if you are looking for a fun way to document your child’s growth.
Location: 2309 Main St., Vancouver (Routes 2, 31, 71)
If you have an older kid or teenager looking for unique clothes they can’t find elsewhere, check out Urban Eccentric. It carries vintage pieces that span decades. If you’re more of an online shopper, Urban Eccentric also has an Etsy page where you can check out select inventory.
Vancouver, WA: A new partnership between C-TRAN and Transit, North America’s leading mobility app, means C-TRAN riders have a go-to option for real-time travel information in Clark County and Portland.
Transit is now C-TRAN’s official mobile app for trip planning and real-time information. It provides a powerful tool that makes travel seamless for users across multiple modes. Among its features for C-TRAN riders:
“C-TRAN is committed to providing the best service we can for Clark County, and that means putting the best information we can directly into riders’ hands,” said Shawn M. Donaghy, C-TRAN’s Chief Executive Officer. “This partnership with Transit makes it even easier to access our service and keep Clark County moving.”
“Partnering with a single app that prioritizes transit makes it clear to riders where they can go for information,” said David Block Schachter, Chief Business Officer of Transit. “We’re excited to work with C-TRAN to give riders a top-rated app experience to plan their trips and track their rides throughout Clark County and Portland.”
More details about Transit, including links to download the app, are available at transitapp.com.
Transit is only one of the tools C-TRAN uses to deliver service information to riders. Starting this month, C-TRAN is also rolling out a dedicated Twitter feed for all service alerts in one place. Twitter users can follow @ctran_alerts to see all service-related impacts in one place, and expanded hours for service-related tweets starting in 2022. C-TRAN will continue to use the main @ctranvancouver Twitter account for news, features and major service announcements
C-TRAN is the regional public transportation provider for Clark County. It offers Local bus service within its Clark County service area, plus Regional and Express bus service to Portland. It also provides Connector service within the city limits of Vancouver, Camas, La Center, and Ridgefield. For more information on C-TRAN please visit C-TRAN’s website at www.c-tran.com, or call Customer Service at 360-695-0123.
Transit solves the urban commute in more than 300 cities worldwide. Users can easily navigate public transit with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation and quick, easy payments. The app also integrates additional transport modes—bikeshare, scooters, carshare and ridehail—so users can mix and match their options with public transit to determine the best way to get from A to B. The company is based in Montreal, Quebec. Learn more by visiting www.transitapp.com.
Eric Florip, Assistant Manager of Customer Experience and Communication, C-TRAN
Pending approval by the Board of Directors, C-TRAN plans to implement several service adjustments in 2022 that reflect changes in rider demand and represent an overall improvement in efficiency and cost effectiveness. If approved, the following changes would take place in January.
Our new microtransit service replaces Connector with on-demand, point-to-point, shared-vehicle service using a smartphone application (or calling a C-TRAN customer service agent) that puts the customer in control. Everyone can use microtransit to travel to any destination within the defined service area, including trips to school, family trips to the grocery store, to get to work, or to connect with nearby transit centers or transfer stops. Similar to that of other existing rideshare programs, this new service provides customers with a real-time map display of their driver’s location with estimated arrival time, all while utilizing current C-TRAN vehicles at the fixed price of a C-TRAN Local fare.
|Port of Vancouver||
New zone provides service to the Port of Vancouver and surrounding industrial area, west of the Vancouver rail yard and train station from 5:30–8:30 a.m. and 2:00–6:00 p.m., weekdays.
|La Center &
New zone provides direct connections to WSU-
New fixed-route service between Ridgefield Park & Ride and 99th Street Transit Center.
East Fourth Plain
Reroute service through popular transfer locations in Rose Quarter, as well as residential and employment areas in Old Town Chinatown.
Route to be discontinued due to recent and projected shifts in travel patterns. Service to the Rose Quarter and Lloyd District will be maintained with changes to Route 105.
Fisher’s Landing Express
Balance trips to better match rider demand, and add earlier, new midday and later trips to accommodate changing work schedules.
Route to be discontinued. Service was suspended in March 2020, and Evergreen Park & Ride is currently used as a Safe Park location, operated by the City of Vancouver.
Routes consolidated into Route 105 (see details and map for Route 105 I-5 Express).
On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines for face coverings. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks or maintain physical distancing in many cases, except where required by federal, state or local rules. Current federal and state mandates still require face coverings on public transportation through January 18, 2022. As such, face coverings must be worn at all times on board C-TRAN buses or at any transit center.
We remain committed to keeping our passengers and employees safe. For more information on Washington’s current health guidelines and requirements, visit www.coronavirus.wa.gov.
C-TRAN’s vehicle service workers are the team that works behind the scenes to clean our entire fleet of buses every night. We also have additional workers out on transit center platforms during the day to clean and disinfect buses in between trips while they're in service.
Take a look behind the scenes (video from March 2020):
C-TRAN has used Bus on Shoulder lanes since they were first implemented in Clark County in 2017. The concept allows transit vehicles to use the shoulder of a given corridor to bypass traffic during times of heavy congestion. It creates faster travel times for buses and more reliable transit service for our region’s commuters.
There are limitations:
Bus-only shoulder lanes are currently in use on three freeway corridors in the region: State Route 14, Interstate 5 and Interstate 205.
Location: SR 14 between SE 164th Avenue and Interstate 205, Vancouver
Direction: Eastbound and westbound
Primary C-TRAN routes on corridor: 41, 65, 67, 164
Location: I-5 between 99th Street and the Interstate Bridge, Vancouver
Primary C-TRAN routes on corridor: 105, 134, 157, 199
Location: I-205 across the Glenn Jackson Bridge, Vancouver/Portland
Direction: Northbound and southbound
Primary C-TRAN routes on corridor: 65, 67, 164, 177