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Emily R.

“ Personal opinion, doesn't make much sense to rate a secondhand (maybe any shop) on how much someone can schmooze you. ” in 2 reviews

Martha C.

“ I squealed with delight while pulling colorful scarves from the 3 for $10 bin. ” in 2 reviews

S C.

“ First of all, I have to confess that I don't have the sweet, spikey hair of man-about-town and ignored, chagrined photographer of lighthouses and head-shot extraordinaire Rafael Macias. ” in 2 reviews

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Little Ghost is a downtown Portland vintage and thrift shop located just off Congress Street specializing in clothing from the 1950s-1990s but you'll often find vintage art and collectibles as well. …

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Incredible, well curated collection of fun, wearable vintage clothing and accessories form mid century to 1980s. Abundant inventory of clean colorful garments and accoutrements in a variety of sizes. whoever buys for this store has a fantastic eye. Prices are very reasonable for all the hard work that must go into finding preppeng and organizing this collection.Thank you!

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One of the best vintage stores I've ever been to. If you're seriously into thrifting and collecting vintage pieces, this place is a must. The prices were so affordable and reasonable it was almost hard to believe. I purchased a 1950s Bergdorf Goodman dress, that the owner spent 3 days restoring, for $25. You can really tell that the shop owners have a serious love for what they're selling.

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One of the best selections of reasonably-priced vintage items that I've found in Portland! They have tons of truly vintage tees, and a great collection of beautiful women's and men's jackets. Although I don't currently have a need for it, they also have some adorable children's clothing, hats, and accessories. Their prices are fair (and more reasonable than most places in Portland) but they definitely still have the vintage markup that I've come to expect. I'll be back!

$20 overnight bag with leather handle.

$20 overnight bag with leather handle.

$15 silk-feel fringe blouse.

$15 silk-feel fringe blouse.

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Not really sure what folks expect from a vintage store. Place was stocked full of great finds, at reasonable prices. I don't know if the person working there said anything, but I'm not in a store where I need to be bothered, honestly I prefer to have my space. She was kind to me when I asked questions, cool, if she hadn't been it wouldn't have mattered, because end of the day- if I want something I'm buying it. Personal opinion, doesn't make much sense to rate a secondhand (maybe any shop) on how much someone can schmooze you. Rant aside- I grabbed a couple of really pretty, fair priced slips. Will come back again when I travel to see what they have added. Place wasn't too overwhelming, which I like.

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I looked up thrift stores in Portland last night and knew I could only visit one in our short trip, and Little Ghost did not disappoint! I got some awesome shorts and the cutest pastel plaid dress. Everything was really well priced and the selection was so cool. I wish I had more time to spend going through everything but I'm stoked w what I picked up.

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First of all, I have to confess that I don't have the sweet, spikey hair of man-about-town and ignored, chagrined photographer of lighthouses and head-shot extraordinaire Rafael Macias. You'll see my humble profile picture does not convey the same continental jet-set air as his playful head-and-shoulders candid - gripping a bottle of what appears to be Zima on a beach while donning a tasteful summer white suit and glancing at his blackberry - but I do know my way around a vintage shop or two. And sometimes, it's okay to just extend the first "hello" when walking into a shop. "Hellos" are not something I withhold as a pass-fail test of customer service acumen, but then again, I know not the power of a Guy Fieri spiked do. I can't begin to know the power such a vessel wields. I am but a simple vintage shopper, in the market for clothes, not home goods or "more eclectic household items". As I could plainly see from a cursory glance in any of the shop windows, this is a clothing store, stocked with clothing. As in clothing. For the body. Not the home. Or kitchen. CLOTHES. Maybe you're a person who considers rugs and drapes to be clothes but for houses, in which case, what's wrong with you? Shop elsewhere. CLOTHES! I did the unthinkable when first entering Little Ghost: I made eye contact and extended a "hello" to the woman behind the counter, you know, like a human being. Based on the abysmal one star reviews, I expected a chilling stare in return, a cold and empty silence eventually pierced by the sound of a crow "caw"ing in the distance. But instead I was greeted in return, even asked if I was looking for anything specific! Imagine my surprise! The woman was not only helpful, but charming. The conversation veered from the shop, and vintage, to her pets at home. She was a delight. I learned the shop is apparently run by two women in joint ownership. Props to my fellow business ladies (cue "Sisters are Doing it for Themselves" on the jukebox). Reading reviews that underscored how "small" and "tiny" the shop was, I expected a 10 x 10 shanty, but I was pleasantly surprised. The shop has a front area with a good selection of Women's vintage clothing, maxi dresses, jumpsuits and longer items separated by era, with fun images and chuckle-inducing captions. The vintage shoe selection is also solid. There's a full rounder of sale items, that on the day I arrived were an additional 50% off of marked price. An unexpected gem: a super-sweet dollar bin, that I found several goodies in. Ya gotta wear your digging hat to take full advantage of the dollar bin. I was lucky that two other shoppers with apparently killer fashion sense were digging before me and left their rejects on the basket rim for me to scoop up. Thank yooooouuuu! The middle area of the shop also features a cute display of shorter and midi dresses organized by era, opposite a display of pants arranged in a gradient to celebrate every color of the rainbow. I went ahead and snagged the kelly green 70s bell bottoms from said display, THANK YOU very much. Sad to have disrupted the rainbow flow; Surely they replaced it with something equally glorious. The pieces are all in exceptional condition, and if there is an issue, it is notated and priced accordingly. As a vintage collector, I know how challenging it is to not only find and unearth such magical pieces, but to also process every piece and note each issue for such a high volume of merch. Props to these ladies who know their inventory like the backs of their hands. They run a tight, if not quirky, and humorously offbeat ship. Just how I like it. The back of the store features a larger selection of sportswear, mens and unisex items. I was blown away by the sheer volume of deadstock items they had in store. We're talking mint pieces from the 70s and 80s with original retail tags still attached. Virginal, unworn, pristine NEW OLD STOCK. And all with reasonable prices. This place is a dream. Also, do yourself a favor and have a peek in the fitting room, but wait till it's unoccupied you weirdo. You'll find more captioned photos inducing such deep belly laughs, you just might split your vintage slacks. I won't spoil them for you. Go in and enjoy them for yourself. Rumor has it this shop gets hit with an influx of performers from Merrill Auditorium, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman among them. If it's good enough for Karen Walker and Ron Swanson, well it's good enough for me.

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Little Ghost offers a wide variety of insanely ecletic & beautiful & COOL vintage wear. One of my absolute favorite places in Portland - if anything, their clothing is on the side of being underpriced. I've gotten so many cool pieces from Little Ghost, including a $1 secretary dress, a cool af Garfield shirt & an amazing wool skirt displaying a hunting pattern. I cannot recommend this lil' shop enough.

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I had a completely different experience from Rafael. My friend had mentioned this vintage (a.k.a. secondhand) place hidden on the surprisingly lively stretch of Preble Street directly across from the former Portland Public Market and up from Down Home Cooking and Slainte. It's also Z Fabric's neighbor. Anyhow, fashion and tchotchkes from many decades are well represented in a variety of styles from conservative to flamboyant. Of particular interest were the stretchy bracelets made from scrabble tiles. I squealed with delight while pulling colorful scarves from the 3 for $10 bin. Many were new with tags of stores gone by - Filene's and Ward Brothers. Back in the day, Nana and I would luxuriate on the red velvet circular couch in the now-defunct Ward Brothers at the Maine Mall. Another surprise was the great collection of 45 records among the gems was Do They Know it's Christmas - a standard of my holiday experience between the years 1984-88 along with Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. It's great that stores like these exist and Little Ghost doesn't disappoint. One of my biggest shopping pet peeves is when I'm asked "did I find what I was looking for?" You simply cannot answer that question and I think it could be reworded a bit to reflect every shopper's true intent when it comes to shopping. In Little Ghost go with no expectations since you will 'be pleasantly surprised by the fashion and home furnishings. It's also a nice alternative to Material Objects though I'm no MO hater - it was my go-to vintage store throughout the years especially when it resided in the Old Port. As for the woman who I think was the owner, she made it a point to greet every customer upon entry. What treasures did I snag? A trio of scarves, some brown suede boots and my friend a dress and a top. All will be worn immediately.


I hate to tell people to go here because, its that good. The owners are delight, but I did consider giving 4 stars because the shop dog isn't there enough.

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Very small store. I was searching for more eclectic vintage household items, and I mainly saw vintage clothes. I'm sure some finds could be found here, but nothing that I was looking for. Also, woman working yesterday didn't acknowledge us when we came in or when we were leaving.

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Buying and Selling Vintage since 2012

Little Ghost began with an online shop and a small booth at a local flea market and has expanded into a 2100 square foot retail shop in Portland, ME.  We offer curated second hand clothing primarily from the 1950s thru the y2k era but we also sell 1940s and earlier whenever we can find it!  We have a small offering of vintage smalls like glassware, art and decor.  New items hit the salesfloor daily!

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Buying vintage clothing by appointment only,, no walk-ins or modern clothing accepted., click here to purchase a gift card.

Call the shop, send us an email or dm us on Instagram to make an appointment if you have vintage items to sell! We pay out 40% same day as your appointment.  If you have a large amount of vintage clothing such as those from an estate or a home clean out we would LOVE to chat! Give the shop a call and ask for Dawn or Rachael.  

There is more information below on our specific buying process and criteria but in general we look for casual over formal, y2k era and earlier clothing in clean, sellable condition.

*We don't buy furs, linens, wedding dresses or modern clothing.*

Do you have questions about selling vintage to us?

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Dropping this month, Babyghost’s see-now-buy-now spring 2020 collection is grown up but definitely not old. This season codesigners Qiaoran Huang and Joshua Hupper channeled new-vintage nods from the late ’80s and early ’90s through a modern lens—one that they have focused on their multifaceted global girls, taking them from the cubicle to the club. In terms of inspiration, Hupper pointed to not one but many turning points for this outing, including ideas sparked in fittings, Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, and rereading Dior by Dior for the third time.

For a brand that sells a majority of its hip clothing to women between the ages of 25 and 35 online, it is shockingly connected to the consumer in a tangible way. Over the past year, it has increased its digital interaction with customers through a real online shopping assistant (who can try on pieces and advise on purchases), and it is also narrowing in on sustainability by making fewer products based on real numbers, which is improving business and profit. IRL, the duo debuted their favorite new spring 2020 looks at an intimate show in Shanghai, put on for close friends and clients earlier this year.

Speaking of their streetwear Shanghai girl, she would definitely be into the robe printed with African necklaces made out of safety pins, to throw on between dawn and dusk. But for a busier day, “blazers and dress shirts are our bread and butter,” Hupper mused. The mixed-print mini shift dresses and oversize jackets were equally timeless and trendy. Compared to seasons past, this collection offered more bright colors and wearable patterns but didn’t stray too far from the designers’ signature edge.

Layering is something Babyghost translates very well for every occasion. The knit cardigans in V-neck and oversize styles will give the label’s girl a bit more comfort (and warmth) while keeping it cool. “Sometimes people ask me, “So what does it mean to be a cult brand?’” Hupper said before offering a quick reply: “It’s the perfect spot where enough people know about you but not too many.” A spot Babyghost seems to successfully settle in season after season.

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The iconic British brand, Ghost London, launched three decades ago and has since become an established fashion house producing contemporary clothing. Maintaining a vintage bohemian feel, Ghost's collections are known for the feminine aesthetic and modern silhouettes. 

Prints and fabrics are a key element to every collection and most of these fabrics are woven from viscose yarn and “Garment Dyed”. The trademark of Ghost design is the use of colour which can only be achieved through this “Garment Dye“ process. The process gives the garments a crinkled texture similar to vintage satin; you can view the process here . 

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A guide to the very best shopping in Moscow

Sep 17, 2019 • 5 min read

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While shopping in GUM department store be sure to check out its famous glass roof © Popova Valeriya / Shutterstock

Shopping in Moscow can be quite a daunting experience – you can walk for miles without finding anything but mass-market brands and overpriced boutiques. But, if you do it right, it can also be quite fun. Here are our top tips on how to get the most out of your shopping trip in Moscow.

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Shopping malls 

There are many shopping malls all around Moscow, but there three that double as bona fide tourist attractions: GUM, TsUM and Detsky Mir, all within walking distance from each other. GUM is one of the oldest department stores in the country. It’s famous for the glass roof designed by one of Russia’s most celebrated architects, Vladimir Shukhov.  Today it serves as a high-class shopping mall. There are plenty of luxury shops, a supermarket that sells lots of signature Russian goods and several places to eat. Head to the more expensive  Bosco Cafe with a Kremlin view or, for a budget option, try the Soviet-style cafeteria Stolovaya No 57 . GUM also occasionally hosts contemporary art exhibitions in one of its three main aisles.

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TsUM  is another shopping mall from the pre-revolutionary times. It’s the most luxurious store in the city, famous for its paper bags that many Muscovites carry around or post pictures of on Instagram to let everyone know they shop there. Full of haute couture boutiques, TsUM also has a rooftop restaurant Buro , frequented by Russian celebrities. Tsentralny Detsky Mir  children's store is perfect if you are looking for a gift for a kid or want to check out its awesome viewing platform with good views over central Moscow. At just R50 per ticket it’s a steal. 

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Food stalls and markets 

There are two food markets that are worth checking out in Moscow.  Danilovsky Market  became the trailblazer of Moscow’s foodie revolution when it got an uplift in 2017. As well as many trendy food stalls, the market also hosts lectures, film viewing and even theatre productions, and it recently opened an antiques section. It’s an architectural landmark, a masterpiece of late Soviet modernism that looks like a UFO. Food at  Usachevsky Market  tends to be a bit more pricey and upmarket. Both markets also sell plenty of fresh produce, local cheeses and cured meats.

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Antiques and flea markets 

Shopping can also be a way to get away from the major landmarks and explore some sights off the beaten path. Moscow’s #1 flea market is  Izmailovsky , located in and around the pseudo-historical complex 'Izmailovsky Kremlin' with its colourful walls and domes. Open daily, it’s best to come here on the weekend to catch better deals. Admittedly tacky, Kremlin has a handful of weird museums like the Vodka History Museum or Baba Yaga Museum (Baba Yaga is a Russian fairy tale character). Part of the market had been gentrified into creative cluster Vernissage , with hipster coffee shops, various workshops and Svalka , an enormous two-floor secondhand shop with everything from used books to vintage clothing.

For high-class antiques, rare books and icons head to Antikvarnaya Lavka (Antique Store) just off Bolshaya Nikitskaya street (5 Kalashny Pereulok). Here you can snag a real masterpiece – a painting or a sculpture – but the prices are quite steep. 

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If you are looking for a more authentic place with less hustle, one option is the antiques market on the premises of vodka distillery Crystal (4 ul Samokatnaya), which you can reach by taking tram 20 to Samokatnaya ul from the exit of metro Chkalovskaya. The market is located in the basement of one of the red-brick factory buildings. There are plenty of antiques, books and various Soviet-time memorabilia, such as Stalin and Lenin busts. While at Crystal, be sure to check out great works of street art – they are all around the factory premises. 

For die-hard antique collectors there’s also a place right outside of Moscow – Novopodrezkovo market (also know as Levsha market). Take a suburban train from Leningradsky station to Novopodrezkovo (approximately half an hour), cross the tracks to the other side and there you’ll find it – a treasure trove of used books, vinyl records, clothing, paintings and antique furniture.   

Where to shop for Russian designs

Gosha Rubchinskiy might be the only Russian clothing designer of world renown, especially after his collaboration with Kanye West, but there are many more up-and-coming fashion stars worth checking out. One of the places to do it is KM20 , the place Moscow fashionistas, with streetwear brands from all over the world and a lot of very rare items. There's also one of the best vegetarian cafes in Moscow on second floor. 

GUM shopping mall has a two-storey store devoted to Russian designers –  Sektsiya (Section). Section sells products made by 50 Russian brands, from accessories to Heart of Moscow souvenir pins. Plus there’s a bar overlooking the Red Square. 

If you are not into high fashion, but still interested in getting a cool outfit with Cyrillic script, check out the creative cluster centred around two abandoned factories: Flakon and Khlebozavod . One of the biggest stores is Zaporozhets Heritage  at Flakon , which sells clothing and accessories styled after various Soviet pop culture icons. The northern part, Khlebozavod, hosts several shops like Yunost  and Khlebny  that take a more punk-rock approach to streetwear. After shopping, have a pint at a great local craft beer bar Svoboda  or a coffee at Floo .        

Sputnik 1985 is a Russian clothing brand specialising in hoodies and hats with quotes in Cyrillic and retro prints. The store is located in a courtyard on Pokrovka street (19 Ulitsa Pokrovka). 

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5 famous ghosts that you might meet on the streets of Moscow

The headless boyar, 12th  century.

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The first scary legend concerns Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, Moscow’s founder. It’s said that in 1158 Prince Dolgoruky was traveling through the Moscow lands with a Greek sage and came upon a strange three-headed, piebald animal that looked at him and then ran into the forest. Prince Dolgoruky was frightened, but the sage said not to worry: this was a good sign, and that one day a majestic city would be built on this spot and that many nations would gather here.

Prince Dolgoruky emerged from the forest to find a hill on which stood a town belonging to the wealthy boyar, Stephan Kuchki. But the proud boyar did not meet the prince according to tradition, and therefore, Dolgoruky ordered the boyar to be seized and executed. His head fell to the ground, sprinkling blood everywhere. Meanwhile, Dolgoruky went on to rule over Moscow.  

Ever since then, the area of modern-day Sretenka is home to the ghost of the proud boyar, who appears and frightens local residents. Therefore, superstitious Moscow residents say the city, “stands on blood.” 

An Italian architect killed in the Kremlin, 15th  century

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Soon after marrying Sophia Paleologue , niece of the last Byzantine emperor, Russia’s Tsar Ivan III decreed construction of a magnificent cathedral in the Kremlin. But no matter how hard the Russian architects tried, the walls of the Dormition Cathedral always crumbled. Metropolitan Philip, who had been against the Tsar marrying Sophia, believed it was God’s curse for the marriage. 

Sophia advised her husband to invite a foreign architect, but finding a suitable candidate proved very difficult because no one wanted to go to distant and mysterious Russia. Finally, in 1475, Italian architect Aristotle Fioravanti agreed to come and build a great cathedral for the tsar.  

Construction was successful, and according to legend Fioravanti built many secret hiding places and underground tunnels in the cathedral. To keep enemies from learning the secrets of the Dormition Cathedral, Ivan III refused to let Fioravanti return home. 

The architect even participated in some of the Tsar’s military campaigns before attempting to escape to Italy. He was seized at the border and imprisoned in the Kremlin’s Tainitskaya Tower, which is when historical chronicles ceased mentioning him. Most likely he died – walled up in the Tainitskaya Tower. Legend has it that since then Russian leaders see Fioravanti’s ghost just before terrible events are to take place. It vexed Vladimir Lenin, and later Joseph Stalin before the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. 

A condemned murderer on Gorky Highway, 18th  century

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The Gorky Highway was once called the Vladimir Road, along which people convicted to Siberian penal colonies were led out of Moscow. One day, a dangerous murderer was marching in a penal convoy. He didn't survive the trip, however, and since there wasn't time to bury him, they left his body at the side of the road. This is why his soul can't find peace and still terrorizes the living.

Drivers say that late at night a strange man sometimes appears on the roadside: bearded, poorly dressed and resembling a homeless man. He waves to cars as if he wants them to stop, but his gait is strange, as if his feet are shackled. 

If you see him be careful: he’s the ghost of the tormented murderer. If you stop, the ghost comes over to the window and says, “Forgive me.” Then you should say, “God will forgive you,” and quickly drive away without looking back. Otherwise, the convict’s restless soul will take you with it to the afterlife. 

The miserly old man from Myasnitskaya Street, 19th century

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This legend dates to the second half of the 19th century, in the home of the Kusovnikov family. Between 1843 and 1870 a childless couple lived on 17 Myasnitskaya Street. These merchants were known for their eccentric behavior and solitary lifestyle. The house is decorated with Masonic symbols, and legend says the husband and wife found a masonic cache in one of the rooms and decided not to have kids and not to employ unnecessary servants.

The couple was so afraid of losing their money that they almost never left home. Once, they had to leave for a short time and hid all their riches in the fireplace. Only one caretaker remained to look after the house. 

When the couple returned, however, they saw that everything had been burned in the fireplace: the caretaker had been very cold and so decided to warm himself with a fire. Old woman Kusovnikova died on the spot, while her husband went mad and died shortly after.

Today, Muscovites say that late in the evening you can sometimes see a gray-haired old man in a shabby coat approaching passersby and asking them, “Where is my money?” This encounter does not promise anything good because anyone approached by the miserly old man soon loses large amounts of money and goes bankrupt. 

A vindictive female spirit in the Moscow metro, 20th   century

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There are many scary stories about the Moscow metro. For example, it’s dangerous to ride in the ordinary train cars of the orange line after midnight on one particular day of the year. It first happened on Sept. 9, 1999, when five young ladies riding at night in car 26498 late suddenly lost consciousness.  

One of the passengers was able to film the face of a young woman outside the train with his mobile phone. What had happened? A year earlier on Sept. 9, 1998, at the VDNKh station, a young lady had lost consciousness and fell under an approaching train.  

Ever since then, she appears on the day of her death and causes passengers to lose consciousness.

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