New to you: Second-hand clothing shops in Vancouver

Not only is shopping for second-hand clothing an eco-conscious and budget-friendly way to stock your closet for the season, it’s also an adventure. Never knowing what you’ll find till you hit upon that one-of-a-kind piece for an unbeatable price is the thrill of the vintage excursion. Here are several shops worth a second look.

Used House Of Vintage

1
1008 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A7

Knowing that potential customers may miss this second-level store on Robson, they’ve gotten creative and placed a very friendly gorilla outside on the street encouraging you to climb the steps to this emporium of used, vintage treasures. Take heed and enter. 1950s prom dresses, early 20th century gowns and psychedelic pant suits are right at home among more practical, slightly used garments, racks of cheap, funky sunglasses and custom silk-screened tees. Staff are also super fun, boisterous and complimentary.

C'est La Vie Consignment Boutique

2
3247 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3M6

For a small but ever-changing selection of current fashion basics — from sweaters to blouses to summer dresses and leather jackets — this laid-back shop at Main and 17th rarely prices items over $50 with many for much less. They have a decent selection of jewellery and shoes, as well as a small men’s section and an impressive rack of new hats. Also, don’t forget to check out their $5 bin near the door for scarves, t-shirts, belts and more.

Mintage

3
1714 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A3

It’s the thrill of the hunt at this large used clothing store on Commercial Drive. Rack upon rack of styles from the ‘40s to the present day occupy the northern-hunting-lodge type space, from true vintage pieces, including an impressive selection of wedding gowns, to two-piece skirt and pant suits to all the tweed you could ever desire. Their cases of jewellery, both new and used, are bursting at the seams, and they even carry their own line of reworked pieces — vintage fabrics in modern cuts.

Encore Fashions

4
2445 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L3

As you might expect from this Dundarave store, items here are often higher-end, with brand names like Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel gracing the racks. Specializing in designer clothing, you can bet that that Diane Von Furstenberg dress has hardly been worn and that you won’t find a better deal on Manolo Blahnik shoes. For minimal wear and top-shelf designs, there’s no better place to find your next Valentino cocktail dress and true vintage jewellery to match.

Front & Company

5
3772 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N7

The thrill of this shopping experience is knowing that in a couple of weeks, the price of that adorable yellow frock or must-have fur vest will be reduced. If, that is, it’s still there. Working on the consignment method, excellent finds at this Main Street clothing destination are priced initially and then dropped the longer they’re on the rack. But those initial prices are pretty decent and the shop is full of on-trend, good quality pieces. Might as well seize the day. And the dress.

Turnabout Home

6
3109 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3K1

Another luxury consignment store, Turnabout is your best bet for items that will take you from the office into the evening. With a large section organized by designer, you’re sure to come across that perfect black Escada suit and a matching Coach bag. They even carry top-of-the-line jewellery from otherwise unattainable Tiffany’s. They also sell new designer samples and overstock so no matter what, it’s worth stopping in at one of the three Vancouver stores.

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