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The sweet smell of [sports] nostalgia is strong at Throwbacks NW

The Double. Payton to Kemp. Beast Quake.

If you're a Seattle sports fan, these are the moments that are burned into your brain. The ones that give you goosebumps. The ones that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, even all these years later. So it's no surprise, when you walk into Throwbacks NW, you'll find those memories come flooding back.

"We specialize in late 80s, early 90s with a focus on local sportswear," said owner Rio Estolas. "We do carry a variety of teams but the main focus has been Sonics, Huskies and Seahawks."

Estolas opened the shop in 2008. He and his team travel the U.S. looking for vintage, retro or deadstock sportswear to bring back to the shop.

"I was kind of born into buying and selling vintage," he said. "When I was younger my dad sold at markets in the Bay Area, and at 5 or 6 I was out there selling at markets. I knew all the prices, so I learned the value of how to buy and sell at a really early age."

Customers come here from around the world. Some are collectors, others are into fashion, but for me, this place is like a time capsule of my childhood, especially the vintage Sonics gear. When I visited they has some classic jerseys in-stock, including a late 80s Shawn Kemp and early 90s Detlef Schrempf.

The inventory at Throwbacks NW is constantly changing, so if you can't visit the store, you can stay updated and buy directly through their website or Instagram.

If you're looking for new gear with an old school feel, check out the new Throwbacks NW x Chalk Line collaboration. The collection features a classic Fanimation jacket, along with a jersey and shorts. The entire collection has an 80's look, with a Harlem Globetrotters-inspired logo and color scheme.

Of course you'll find plenty of retro Seahawks, Huskies and Mariners apparel at Throwbacks NW as well. They try to carry something from all of your favorite local teams, and that's the point. Because Throwbacks NW isn't just selling vintage sportswear, they're selling a little bit of nostalgia too.

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