Malls and major national retailers keep pretty reliable hours, generally 9:30 am–9 pm; with antiques shops and independent stores, however, anything goes. Many businesses close Monday; some close Sunday as well, and others may close for one day midweek. Small boutiques rarely open before 11 am or noon and often close up shop by 5 or 6 pm. If you have your heart set on visiting a particular shop, call ahead to confirm its hours.
Seattle boasts some of the best secondhand shopping in the country. There are plenty of trendy consignment and used-clothing shops like Buffalo Exchange, and Crossroads Trading Co. on Capitol Hill and in the U-District, where each shirt and jacket has been carefully screened by the store's tastemakers; vintage shops like Red Light and the Fremont Vintage Mall, where nearly every item is a one-of-a-kind find from the days of yore; and straight-up thrift shops like Goodwill and Salvation Army. If you're a fan of bargain prices and unique finds, and you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, take a chance on these shops. You never know what you might find.