5th Avenue Boutique
Shop the YWCA's resale boutique in downtown Seattle for low prices on high-quality women's fashion.
1118 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(inside the 5th & Seneca YWCA, located downstairs)
Open Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Shop the 5th Avenue Boutique for high-quality, gently used designer and brand name clothing, shoes and accessories for women. The boutique is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, downstairs inside the Seneca YWCA building.
Store proceeds support the YWCA's clothing services programs, including Dress for Success Seattle and Working Wardrobe.
These programs provide work and interview appropriate clothing to women in need, as well as career development tools to help them thrive professionally and personally.
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Interview with Maddey Pflaumer, age 23
Meet Maddey Pflaumer, a strong independent young woman who, through her adolescent trials, has a message to share with every woman out there.
At what age did you become aware of the effects of racism? How did it personally impact you?
I became aware of the effects of racism at a very young age. At three years old, I was bullied and told that I wasn't as good as the majority race. That one statement followed and haunted me for most of my adolescent life. It shaped how I saw myself. For most of my childhood, I had low self-esteem and an insecure mindset. I never saw myself as more than average and wouldn't consider myself beautiful. That one statement scarred me for good.
What prejudices did you have to deal with in your youth?
I grew up in a predominately white community and I am a multiracial woman. I can't remember a day that went by where color or race wasn't mentioned in my presence or in a conversation. There were times in school where kids would intentionally say discriminating things to get a response from me. It was extremely challenging not to believe the comments and the jokes kids would make. All these things constantly fed my insecurity. It wasn't until college where I came to accept and love my ethnicity and consider my unique features and qualities beautiful.
How has being a woman of color shaped you?
For a long time, being a woman of color was something that I felt ashamed of. It wasn't something that I identified with or knew how to accept. As I have gotten older and have come to love my identity, I can honestly say that I am proud to be a woman of color. I am not only proud to be a woman of color but I am proud to be a woman of character. Color doesn't matter. All women are beautiful. I want to empower all women to believe that no matter their color, they are beautiful. Bulbs can't shine without the light inside. This statement is true for us women. I work to let the light within be the beauty that radiates to the world. After all who runs the world?...Girls!