Guide to Downtown Vancouver Consignment Shopping
By Lucas Hui
Where to Shop Consignment and Resale in Vancouver?
We all want to be wearing designer brands and in-season fashion but our wallets can't always take the hit. Why not try consignment or resale shopping and score fashionable finds at a fraction of original retail prices?
Here's where to go in Vancouver to get the best bang for your buck on "almost-new" clothes to refresh your closet...
This boutique specializes in consigning high-end accessories and vintage items. The atmosphere is like a cozy, luxury jewellery store. All merchandise is enclosed in glass fixtures and presented with care and elegance. High End Resale houses designer handbags, accessories and vintage goods by brands you know and love like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes. Be prepared to save hundreds of dollars (from original price) on mint condition, "like-new" merchandise. By the same token, if you have any high-end luxury goods that you want to sell off, High End Resale consigns on a 50:50 ratio, meaning you would receive 50% of the resale price, once your item sells. 813 HornbyStreet, (604) 682-8893, www.highendresale.ca
My Sister's Closet is a social enterprise that benefits Battered Women Support Services --an organization that is built on support for violence against women. The store houses eco-friendly, vintage, second-hand merchandise for both men and women. Prices are very attainable but you can definitely find a few high-end brands in there as well. All goods are donated by retailers and community members, and 100% of the proceeds go to charity. 1092 Seymour St, (604) 687-0770, www.bwss.org/about-bwss/my-sisters-closet/social-enterprise
Mine & Yours is Vancouver's premier resale store. They buy clothing outright / pay cash-up front for designer clothing (no waiting for your money like with consignment). The friendly team here buys, sells, and trades clothing that is name-brand, in-season, and on-trend. Designer and luxury items are priced to move at 50-80% off original retail prices. Shop their Hornby Street location or their online store for deals on classic luxury brands like CHANEL, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, and modern ones like Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten, Anne Demeulemeester, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. The company offers an Authenticity Guarantee on all luxury shoes and handbags, and get items officially authenticated by a third party authenticator. Primary suppliers at Mine & Yours are fashion bloggers and stylists, so you're bound to find something fabulous!
The store offers 30% cash up-front or 50% in-store credit for your designer merchandise. 1060 Hornby St, (604) 620-8885, www.mineandyours.com. Online shopping too!
Vous Valet is the go-to Yaletown consignment store for the sophisticated lady. The boutique carries mostly designer brands like Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Chanel. The store also offers personalized styling services, and has its own Youtube series! 1241 Hamilton St, (604) 558-4228, www.vousvalet.com
For those of you who love thrifting and the thrill of the hunt, then this one is for you. Community Thrift & Vintage provides vintage style clothing at very reasonable prices. The interior of the store is filled with dim light bulbs and makeshift wooden shelves giving it a warehouse feel. Proceeds from sales go back into community programs like the Community Service Society. The store is currently not consigning items. We encourage to go take a look, who knows what vintage treasure you'll find? 41 West Cordova Street, 604-682-1004, www.communityvintageonline.ca
Hit up Timeline Boutique for fashionable downtown consignment shopping! This fun and fabulous boutique offers a mix of consignment & resale services and carries both authentic and replica luxury accessories. They also offer personal shopper services like closet consultations, wardrobe styling, and Private VIP shopping parties! 87 E Cordova Street, (778) 229-8463, www.timelineboutique.com
Do you have more favourite places to shop Consignment and Resale in Vancouver? Let us know, by shooting us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org