Vancouver’s first consignment clothing warehouse sale will help you ‘rethink retail’

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Fast fashion has become a consumer norm; we buy inexpensive clothes several times a year, and those pieces wear out quickly, or get tossed aside so we can move on to the next.

A new organization in Vancouver called Archive is focused on helping locals become more savvy about sustainable fashion practices, including buying more long-lasting, high-quality pieces, including those that are second-hand.

Archive has put together Vancouver’s first consignment warehouse sale, which they hope will be an annual event. They’ll have racks of all-season men’s and women’s apparel and accessories for sale, ranging from contemporary to designer luxury brands, all via consignment.

There’s no entry fee to do some shopping, but if you want a leg up on the merch, you might consider a couple of pre-sale options, including a ticketed VIP event on Friday, November 2 that features a Sustainable Panel conversation as well as shopping ($25), or grabbing an early-access pass for $10 that gets you in an hour ahead of the general public on Saturday, November 3.

Archive’s Consignment Warehouse Sale

When: Saturday November 3, from 10am-5pm; early access 9-10 am. VIP event is Friday November 2
Where: Werklab – 1275 Venables Street, Unit 290, Vancouver
Cost: Free admission to shop; $10 early access; $25 VIP

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where SHE (look no typo!) earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com