Inspired by the excitement and uniqueness of the world of resale, Nan Harding opened Nan’s Glad Rags in March of 1979 as a hobby. Operating out of a pair of quaint older homes in the historic Orenco neighborhood of Hillsboro, the business grew to include resale clothing for men, women, and children, as well as vintage clothing and costumes.
In 1991 Nan’s moved to a new store location on Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha, where it occupied two full floors. The focus returned to clothes, with the women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing on the ground floor and a huge costume department upstairs. Nan’s Glad Rags continued to thrive with the help of loyal and dedicated customers who always keep the store lively and fun.
When Nan retired in 2002, her daughter Julie purchased the store, moving the whole store to the upper level and specializing in high-quality women’s resale. After 10 years of success upstairs, she had the opportunity to move back down to the ground floor for more room and better access for customers, but the the building was soon sold in 2016 to Curtis trailers, so Nan’s had to move. Little did we know that 38 years later, Julie would be relocating Nan’s to historic downtown Hillsboro!
From finding a new location to making the BIG move, relocating was no easy task, but we’ve finally found our new spot and the new “NAN’S ON THIRD” consignment boutique is open for business!
One of the reasons that we have been in business for all these years is our fantastic, loyal customers and also the hard-working and caring employees and family members. Gina, Nan’s daughter and Julie’s sister, went to work for the City of Hillsboro for 28 years, but in 2014, she was back at Nan’s, working with her sister. They make a great team, and it shows in every aspect of what they do!
Nan herself still comes and “works for clothes” a few times a week. She likes to keep in touch with the people and see the fashions that come in. It’s like Christmas every day!
Over the years, Nan’s husband, children, and grand-children have all been involved in the business, making Nan’s a truly “family affair”. Drop by anytime to see what treasures you might find and join our ever-growing family as we start our new adventure at Nan’s On Third in downtown Hillsboro!