When coasting through Spokane’s Garland District, eclectic shops stand strong on every corner. One storefront which is always eye-catching with its large racks of clothing and smartly dressed mannequins is DYD.
DYD has many names, said owner David Dean. “Drop Yer Drawers, or Drum you Drums or Do Your Dreams.
Regardless of the name though, DYD is one of the best of Spokane’s local used clothing stores with an incomparable selection.
While Dean said DYD doesn’t make a lot of money each year, the store has been opened for 18 years and has grown from its humble beginnings. The shop originally started as Dean sold vintage 501 style Levi jeans on peddler’s corner on Hamilton Street.
“I think good product and consistency is what brings in our customers and keeps them coming back,” Dean said.
Good product shows itself on racks and shelves stuffed full of name brand shoes, tops, jeans, boots, scarves, jewelry, art, music and bags. Each different item is organized by category and size. Still though, DYD does not provide a breeze-in, breeze-out experience; instead shoppers should save time for some digging. Luckily, after treasure are found, everything in the store is between $2 and $75, focusing on the lesser end of the scale.
- $10-$20 Jeans
- $2-$8 Tops
- $4-$10 Shoes
- $10-$20 Boots
- $2-$15 Bags
- $2-$20 Jewelry items
Vintage clothes create a substantial portion of DYD’s inventory, but modern clothes are abundant from customer’s who bring in clothes for trade.
“All our clothes come from you,” Dean said. “I don’t like going to sales; I will go to garage sales or I will look around when I make donations, but I don’t like the business world. It’s too competitive.”
When customers bring clothes in for trade, they are given half of what DYD will sell them for.
“People think they can bring in a pair of tennis shoes and leave with a pair of tennis shoes. But people forget about our rent, utilities and uncle Sam,” Dean said.
The biggest problem DYD has is too many clothes, Dean said. The store is picky about which clothes they accept; Dean will turn away about 80 percent of the clothes coming in. Rejecting clothes with holes, stains or smells promises better quality items for DYD to keep on the racks. And better quality items ensure happy customers.
Customers are the main priority at DYD, Dean said. The trade store does not have a website, advertisements around Spokane or even a phone because Dean refuses to put a current customer on hold for someone on-line.
“If we ran ads we would get bombarded with clothes,” Dean said. “And we don’t have a phone, but we are here every day, all the time. It gives our store that small-town feel.”
Dean runs the shop with his 23-year-old daughter, Mia Jewel Snow White Robinson. Robinson loves working at the shop. She has been working there for the past seven years.
“Seeing what cool stuff people bring in is my favorite part,” Robinson said. “We have things that you couldn’t find anywhere else.”
Robinson attributes to the originality of DYD’s inventory with her creations. With some of the eclectic items that come into the store, Robinson will make jewelry and accessories by disassembling old pieces and blending the parts into something new.
Dean and Robinson’s main goal is to help customers find small treasures within each visit.
“I’ve always been a believer of the idea that you need to do something you feel good about or you’ll feel crappy,” Dean said. “Any time you’re creative in a positive way you are nudging evolution forward.”