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With everyone spending more time at home these days, deep spring cleaning may have come early for many. As part of this process you may want to make some changes within your home. Whether you are looking to downsize and get rid of some things, or looking to find something new, you might want to consider checking out our local home consignment stores.

Although many stores are currently not open to the public due to COVID-19, most are finding ways to keep their businesses alive by taking appointments or selling online via their web sites or social media sites. This is a tough time for everyone, but local small businesses are being hit particularly hard.

This blog post is my way of creating awareness of these businesses and encouraging those that are able, and in need of their services, to reach out to them. They also need our support during these difficult times.

**I have included store updates as of March 24 re: Covid-19 closures buy you may want to visit their respective Web sites for more information as we move forward.

 

CHAMPAGNE TASTE
**As of March 24, 2020
Until further notice they are open by APPOINTMENT only:
Thursday – Sunday 11am -3pm Please email them at info@champagnetaste.ca  to book an appointment

Champagne Taste offers a unique blend of both new, custom furnishings and curated quality consignment for the home. They have partnered with local manufacturers, wholesalers and importers to offer quality, custom furnishings at fair pricing while still sourcing well-made and transitional pieces from good homes.

Champagne Taste
1101 Royal Avenue
New Westminster, BC
(604) 524-6068
info@champagnetaste.ca
http://www.champagnetaste.ca

Check out their Web site or Facebook and Instagram for pictures of what they currently have in stock.

 

CONSIGNMENT CANADA
**As of March 24, 2020
Their showroom and office will be closed March 24th until April 7th and they hope to reopen on April 8th depending on Government recommendations.

Consignment Canada’s large showroom features a mix of modern, mid-century, transitional, high-end, unique and eclectic used and new furniture, home décor and jewellery.

Consignment Canada
171 Pemberton Avenue
North Vancouver, BC
(604) 980-1110
info@consignmentcanada.com
http://www.consignmentcanada.com

Much of their stock is online on their Web site or Facebook and Instagram and can be purchased via phone (604-760-6027) or email (tina@consignmentcanada.com). Currently they are not accepting consignment deliveries but are happy to provide consignment appraisals for when they do re-open.

 

CONSIGN iT!
**As of March 24, 2020
They are currently open but that may change. Current hours of operation are posted on their Web site.

Consign iT! is a home consignment store with an extensive selection of furniture and housewares; antique and some contemporary.

Consign iT!
111-2331 Marpole Ave
Port Coquitlam, BC
(604) 475-2075
consignitbc@gmail.com
http://www.consign-it.bc.ca
www.dealios.ca

Can find a listing of items they currently have for sale by visiting their Web site or via www.dealios.ca, as well as on Instagram and their Facebook Page.

 

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
**As of March 24, 2020
Closing for the remainder of March 2020. They hope to resume business in April and will be checking and responding to email intermittently.

The Carriage House is an upscale consignment store specializing in unique, one-of-a-kind items that range from traditional to contemporary to antique.

The Carriage House
104 E Pender St. (Note: this is a new address)
Vancouver, BC
(604) 215-0187
carriagehouse@telus.net 
http://www.carriagehouseconsign.com/

You can find pictures of what they have for sale on their Web site or on Instagram.

 

THE SELLUTION QUALITY CONSIGNMENT FURNITURE
**As of March 24, 2020
The store is currently closed until further notice but you can reach them by Email, phone or Instagram.

Diverse and ever changing selection of unique collectibles and vintage furniture and antiques.

The Sellution Quality Consignment Furniture
3604 Main St.
Vancouver, BC
(604) 876-4517
consignment@thesellution.ca
https://thesellution.ca/

You can find pictures of what they have for sale on their Web site, Facebook page or on Instagram.

 

WOW Interiors
**As of March 24, 2020
Currently closed until March 27. But refer to their Web site for more information as they plan to re-evaluate at that time. Until the store is able to re-open, you can reach them at (604) 729-5957.

They buy, sell and consign high quality, luxury, authentic vintage furniture, art and decor.

WOW Interiors
1823 W 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC
(604) 801-6744
sales@wowinteriors.ca
https://wowinteriors.ca/

Can find pictures of what they are selling on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

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It is that time of year again…for me to add a new post! Perhaps one day soon I will be find the time and energy to do more on my site, but in the meantime here are the dates for some of the secondhand shows and sales in Vancouver.

**UPDATE Due to recent developments around the Coronavirus in Metro Vancouver, several shows and events have had to be cancelled or postponed. I will try to update as I get the information, but please refer to individual sites for the most current information.

21st Century Flea Market -CANCELLED
Sunday March 15, 10am to 3pm  $5 (Early birds 7am-10am $20)
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive (at 16th Avenue)
Vancouver, BC

Gracie’s Thrift Store **Store Closed Temporarily
**Store closed for time being.
Every Second Saturday, 10am to 2pm
803 East 16th Avenue
Vancouver, BC (off of Kingsway and 16th)

The East Side Flea  **Show Dates Postponed
Mar 21-22, Apr 4-5, Apr 18-19
Sat/Sun 11am – 5pm
Eastside Studios | 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Flea Market – Antique Show **Postponed
No new dates yet.
Sunday March 29th, 9am to 4:30pm $2.50
703 Terminal Ave
Vancouver, BC

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair – CANCELLED
Next show: Saturday and Sunday, September 5 & 6 10am to 5pm $8
Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Blvd (@ 41st)
Vancouver, BC

The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market – April Show POSTPONED
NEW Saturday May 30, 9am to 4pm & Sunday May 31, 10am to 4pm
$7 for one day or $9 both days
The Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre
1190 Cornell Street
Abbotsford, BC

NEW** REUZ Market ** Postponed
April Show Date Postponed. Will post new date when available.
Free admission and parking. 9:30-1:30
Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave, New Westminster

West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre Annual Flea Market
Sunday, April 5, 9am to 3pm **CANCELLED**
695 – 21st Street
West Vancouver, BC

Century House Association Thrift Sale 
No new date posted yet.
Century House, 620 Eighth Street
New Westminster, BC

Cloverdale Antique Show & Picker’s Swap Meet **Postponed
No new date posted yet. 9am to 3pm $5 (early birds 8am-9am $10)
Cloverdale Agriplex: Shannon Hall & Alice McKay Buildings
17798 62 Ave, Surrey, BC

St Mary’s Kerrisdale Rummage Sale
No date posted yet.
2490 West 37th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Fraser Valley Antique and Collectible Club Annual Antique & Collectible Show**POSTPONED
No new date posted yet.
(early bird Fri Night 5pm-9pm $20 and pass good for whole weekend)
Queens Parks Arena (1st Street and 3rd Ave)
New Westminster BC

Vancouver Welsh Society
Saturday, April 25th, 10am to 2pm Grand Spring Sale
The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Knox United Annual Thrift Sale
Saturday April 25th, 9am to 2pm
5600 Balaclava Street (just off 41st)
Vancouver, BC

Neptoon Records Semi-annual Spring Record Convention
Sunday, April 26th, 11am to 5pm, $3
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial (At 16th)
Vancouver, BC

West Vancouver United Church’s Elegant Flea Market
Date not posted yet.
2062 Esquimalt Avenue (at 21st)
West Vancouver, BC

St. George’s School Fair
Saturday May 2, 10am to 4pm
3851 West 29th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

21st Century Flea Market **Cancelled
Sunday May 3, 10am to 3pm  $5 (Early birds 7am-10am $20)
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive (at 16th Avenue)
Vancouver, BC

Bizaare Bazaar
Vintage Clothing Sale
Sunday May 3, 11am to 4pm $5 (Cash at Door)
(Early bird 10am $10 Book online at www.smoc.ca)

Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue
Vancouver, BC

St. Philips Rummage Sale
Saturday May 30, 9:00am to noon
3737 W. 27th Avenue
Vancouver, BC (just west of Dunbar)

Retro Design & Antiques Fair **Cancelled
Sunday June 7, 10am to 3pm $5 (Early birds 7am-10am $20)
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive (at 16th Avenue)
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Flea Market – Antique Show
Sunday June 21,  9am to 4:30pm $2.50
703 Terminal Ave
Vancouver, BC

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There is so much to love about springtime in Vancouver, but for me it is all about the the various secondhand shopping events. From Church rummage sales to flea markets and antique sales…this is a wonderful time for those of us who enjoy the hunt for that special something or even just a practical everyday item. Whether you like to refer to it as secondhand, gently used, previously loved, vintage, or antique — it is something that you are keeping out of a landfill and re-purposing in your own way.

Here are the sales that I am currently aware of:

Gracie’s Thrift Store
Every Second Saturday, 10am to 2pm
April 20th, May 4th, etc.
803 East 16th Avenue
Vancouver, BC (off of Kingsway and 16th)

The East Side Flea
April 6 & 7 (and every other weekend)
Sat/Sun 11am – 5pm
Eastside Studios | 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair
Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, 10am to 5pm $8
Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Blvd (@ 41st)
Vancouver, BC

The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market
Saturday April 6 9am to 4pm & Sunday April 7, 10am to 4pm
$6 for one day or $8 both days
The Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre
1190 Cornell Street
Abbotsford, BC

West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre Annual Flea Market
Sunday, April 7, 9am to 3pm
695 – 21st Street
West Vancouver, BC

Century House Association Thrift Sale 
Saturday April 13, 10:00am to 2:00 pm
Century House, 620 Eighth Street
New Westminster, BC

Vancouver Flea Market – Toy Show
Sunday April 14th, 11am to 4:30pm $3.00
703 Terminal Ave
Vancouver, BC

Cloverdale Antique Show & Picker’s Swap Meet
Saturday, April 20th, 9am to 3pm $5 (early birds 8am-9am $10)
Cloverdale Agriplex
17798 62 Ave, Surrey, BC

St Mary’s Kerrisdale Rummage Sale
Friday April 26, 5:00pm to 8pm & Saturday April 27, 9:30am to 12noon
2490 West 37th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Fraser Valley Antique and Collectible Club Annual Antique & Collectible Show
Saturday April 27, 9am to 4pm & Sunday April 28 10am to 2pm $5
(early bird Fri Night 5pm-9pm $20 and pass good for whole weekend)
Queens Parks Arena (1st Street and 3rd Ave)
New Westminster BC

Vancouver Welsh Society
Saturday, April 27th, 10am to 2pm Grand Spring Sale
The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Knox United Annual Thrift Sale
Saturday April 27th, 9am to 2pm
5600 Balaclava Street (just off 41st)
Vancouver, BC

Neptoon Records Semi-annual Spring Record Convention
Sunday, April 28th, 11am to 5pm, $3
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial (At 16th)
Vancouver, BC

West Vancouver United Church’s Elegant Flea Market
Saturday May 4, 8:30am to 2pm
2062 Esquimalt Avenue (at 21st)
West Vancouver, BC

Pacific Spirit United Church’s Books & Bistro
Saturday May 4, 10am to 2pm
2195 West 45th Ave.
Vancouver, BC

St. George’s School Fair
Saturday May 4, 10am to 4pm
3851 West 29th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

21st Century Flea Market
Sunday May 5, 10am to 3pm  $5 (Early birds 7am-10am $20)
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive (at 16th Avenue)
Vancouver, BC

St. Philips Rummage Sale
Saturday May 25, 9:00am to noon
3737 W. 27th Avenue
Vancouver, BC (just west of Dunbar)

Vancouver Flea Market – Antique Show
Sunday May 26,  9am to 4:30pm $3.00
703 Terminal Ave
Vancouver, BC

NEW Bizaare Bazaar
Vintage Clothing Sale
Sunday May 26, 11am to 4pm $5 (Cash at Door)
(Early bird 10am $10 Book online at www.smoc.ca)

Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Retro Design & Antiques Fair
Sunday June 9, 10am to 3pm  $5 (Early birds 7am-10am $20)
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive (at 16th Avenue)
Vancouver, BC

12th Annual Audio & Record Garage Sale
Sunday June 16th – FATHER’S DAY 9am to 3pm Free
Innovative Audio – 13255 78th Avenue
Surrey, BC

 

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At any given point I usually have at least three or four cookbooks in a stack by my bedside. This week’s selection includes Shelley Adams’ Whitewater Cooks: pure, simple and real creations from the Fresh Tracks Café, Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, Patricia Wells’ Vegetable Harvest, and my latest fun acquisition, Edna Staebler’s Food that Really Schmecks. Mennonite Country Cooking.

I tend to read cookbooks like other people read magazines. At night, and sometimes in the morning, I will go through each of them slowly, hovering over beautiful photographs and interesting stories, usually marking off pages with bits of scrap paper or sticky notes; highlighting the recipes I want to try next and making notes of some helpful tips and techniques. After a few days I will carefully put them back in their designated bookshelf or stack, and pick out a few more.

They are my escape. But also, my inspiration.

From these books, I have learned to become not only a better cook, but a more relaxed one. Cooking has become my way of de-stressing – a mindful practice that starts long before I enter the kitchen. It begins with the hunt for new and interesting cookbooks. And by new, I mean new to me. I prefer to find cookbooks in thrift stores, garages sales, used bookstores, as well as at garage sales and church rummage sales. I especially like it when someone has already marked off their favourite recipes with notes and suggestions. This way I know which recipes to try first.

I also enjoy attending cookbook launches where the author is present and I can purchase their latest book. I love hearing their stories first hand as well as learning about their personal journey with the publishing process. I am usually the one in the back with my hand up asking a bunch of questions. Which recipes stand out most to you and why? Do you have a favourite cookbook (other than your own), and if so which ones and why?

The last question usually leads me on another hunt if I don’t already have the cookbook they mention. From them I have learned about highly respected cookbook authors such as Patricia Wells, Paula Wolfert and Judy Rodgers. And sometimes the answers are surprising and fun. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Yotam Ottolenghi when he came to Vancouver to promote his latest cookbook Simple. When I asked him what his favourite cookbook was, without hesitation he said “Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat.” I have a few of her other cookbooks, but not this one. So a new mission is afoot!

Yotam Ottolenghi Book Signing 2018

And all of this has further deepened my love affair with cooking and cookbooks.

With so many recipes and cooking information available on the web, I am often asked why I still bother to purchase cookbooks. My answer is simple, I don’t believe that print is dead. Especially when it comes to cookbooks, new and old.

Although you can go online to find just about any recipe, it doesn’t give the whole story. A digital search works just fine when in a hurry as it is efficient and practical, but it lacks the piece that provides the context and the extra bits of information that I love so much. And where would I put my sticky notes?

Working on cataloguing my cookbook collection.

Good cookbooks evoke a sense of place and time, providing us with a picture of how people live. They preserve traditions and recipes, capture stories, and are entertaining. They also encourage us to find our own voice in the kitchen. This has certainly been true for myself.

I will continue to add to my rather large collection of cookbooks while also finding new and wonderful recipes to try. There is always room by my nightstand for at least one more!

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Show us yours and we’ll show you ours. Nearly one in every three people in North America collects something. People collect for pleasure. They also collect to remember, to preserve, to belong, to make sense of the world.”

This is what was written at the entrance of the Museum of Vancouver’s (MOV) exhibit that featured 20 Vancouver collectors and their rather unconventional collections last year. It was a beautifully curated show that invited visitors to enter into the fascinating, and sometimes unusual, world of collectors. Guests could also become part of the show by sharing their own collections on red and white post-it notes that were placed on the walls around the entrance and through a digital display that featured contributions to the hashtag #MyCollectionatMOV.

The show was the brainchild of Viviane Gosselin, the Senior Manager, Curatorial and Curator of Contemporary Culture at MOV. “I have been working in the field for 20 years and meet so many collectors”, says Gosselin. “Collectors are my experts. They know all the details. They have specific knowledge, bridging between public and private knowledge. Museums are always relying on collectors.”

“But because each show takes two to four years to set up”, says Gosselin, “we can’t offer a show or do justice for every collection.” As a result, Gosselin had “collected” several collectors over time. Even though she couldn’t offer each of them a solo exhibit, she believed that “it was worthwhile to pay attention to their world and their passion and doing it as a way to study the phenomenon of collecting.”

This eventually led to the idea of a group exhibit that would explore “the act of collecting, the collector’s vision and the role collections play in building identity, public memory and social connections.” But more specifically, it was meant to potentially provide insight into the questions of why people collect and if private collections affect public consciousness in any way.

When asked which collectors stood out for her, Gosselin had many but highlighted three in particular: Melanie Talkington, Rob Frith, and Kyle Seller.

Gosselin was impressed by Talkington and her collection of corsets. “She learned to make corsets by deconstructing them and turned her collection into a viable business.” Talkington, who has been making, selling and collecting corsets for over well 20 years, owns Lace Embrace Atelier, which is located in Vancouver.

From her very first purchase of a red wool corset in 1997 and after years of collecting, it is no surprise that she is considered a corset expert and has one of the largest antique corset collections in the world.

“I now have over 300 antique corsets, hoops, garters, stockings and children’s corsets,” says Talkington. “My collection has shaped my lifestyle. I created a fun and interesting business out of my passion for corsets. It has taken me around the world to work on museum exhibitions, participate in trade shows, and make new acquisitions.”

Sharing her knowledge, and educating others around the many different roles corsets played in our history, continues to be important for Talkington. In 2013, the Louvre Museum in Paris borrowed 40 of her corsets for The Mechanics of Underwear exhibit and plans to make her private collection more accessible to the general public by creating a museum in the back of her retail store.

Another, standout for Gosselin was Rob Frith and his display of vintage concert posters. “You can tell music has played a big part in his life.” And indeed it has.

Rob Frith owns Neptoon Records, Vancouver’s oldest independent record store. Although Frith has several items that he collects, the concert poster collection is one that is near and dear to him. “Music means everything to me. Posters are an important part of that. I have thousands and thousands of posters. Most are from Vancouver, but I have some from all over.”

He acquired his first poster when he was 12 years old. “I was always interested in art, especially art that was interesting and weird. My dad was a builder and had bought a house that had been rented by draft dodgers. He took me to the house to help clear it out and on the walls were several concert posters. I was blown away by the artwork and took them home and put them up on my bedroom wall.”

From then on he started to notice them all around Vancouver. He also went to his first concert when he was in Grade 8 and started to casually buy posters after the shows. Eventually his passion grew to include records. This led to him owning a record store and creating his own record label. “I have also reissued records and the posters have come in handy for those projects.”

Sharing his collection with a broader audience also matters to Frith. “I feel that this collection is important, it is a historical document. I have let people use my posters for illustrations in books, LP and CD releases, newspapers, magazines, television, and movies.” He has also been scanning images of all of his posters and placing them on his Facebook page.

Kyle Seller is another collector who stood out for Gosselin. Several of his vintage pinball machines and arcade games were on display at the MOV. All were in working condition and people could play some of them for a dollar or less.

Seller bought his first arcade game (Bubble Bobble) when he was 16, and still has it today. His collection has since grown to include around 60 and having to be creative with storage has led him to build a unique career for himself. “With my business, East Van Amusements, I restore pinball machines and rent pop-up arcades in pubs and other establishments around the city.”

According to Seller, the pinball and arcade market has found new life in Vancouver. “There are pinball leagues with regular tournaments and a massive culture for collecting.” All of this is good news for Seller as he continues to find new and exciting ways to be a part of that community and grow a business that fuels his passion.

In terms of why she thinks people collect, Gosselin suggests that it is related to how people see themselves. “It is tied to their identity and is an identity building process. As you build your identity, you are building yourself. They are always in that process of building, selecting and following their passion. Starts with intuition and interest but then you become more knowledgeable. And you get to know yourself better in relation to different topics.”

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Spring has arrived and where most people are excited to see flowers in bloom…I myself am thrilled to see the new crop of church rummage sales, flea markets and other shows announce their spring sale dates. And of course, I want to share that information as soon as it is available as I know there are others out there like me! Here are the dates for the ones that I know about so far in and around Metro Vancouver:

Gracie’s Thrift Store
Every Second Saturday, 10am to 2pm
April 14, 28 – May 12, 26 – June 9 (closed March 31)
803 East 16th Avenue
Vancouver, BC (off of Kingsway and 16th)

The East Side Flea
March 23 – 25 (and every other weekend)
Friday 6pm – 10pm, Sat/Sun 11am – 5pm
1024 Main Street (Ellis Building)
Vancouver, BC

Royal Canadian Legion 118 Flea Market
Saturday March 24, 9:30am to 2:00p
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123 West 15th Street (at Lonsdale)
North Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Flea Market – Antique & Collectible Show
Sunday March 25,  8:30am to 4:30pm $2.50
703 Terminal Ave
Vancouver, BC

Cloverdale Antique & Collectible Show
Saturday, March 31, 9am to 3pm $5 (early birds 8am-8am $10)
Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Showbarn Building
17798 62 Ave, Surrey, BC

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair
Saturday and Sunday, April 7 & 8, 10am to 5pm $8
Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Blvd (@ 41st)
Vancouver, BC

NEW  Century House Association Thrift Sale 
Saturday April 14, 10:00am to 2:00 pm
Century House, 620 Eighth Street
New Westminster, BC

Fraser Valley Antique and Collectible Club Annual Antique & Collectible Show
Saturday April 14, 9am to 4pm & Sunday April 15 10am to 2pm $5
(early bird Fri Night 5pm-9pm $20)
Queens Parks Arena (1st Street and 3rd Ave)
New Westminster BC

NEW Vancouver Welsh Society
Saturday, April 14th, 10am to 2pm Grand Spring Sale
The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

NEW Neptoon Records Semi-annual Spring Record Convention
Sunday, April 15th, 11am to 5pm, $3
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial (At 16th)
Vancouver, BC

West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre Annual Flea Market
Sunday, April 22, 9am to 3pm
695 – 21st Street
West Vancouver, BC

Knox United Annual Thrift Sale
Friday April 27, 5pm to 8pm & Saturday April 28th, 9am to 12noon
5600 Balaclava Street (just off 41st)
Vancouver, BC

St Mary’s Kerrisdale Rummage Sale
Friday April 27, 5pm to 8pm & Saturday April 28, 9:30am to 12noon
2490 West 37th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

St. Philips Rummage Sale
Saturday April 28, 9:00am to noon
3737 W. 27th Avenue
Vancouver, BC (just west of Dunbar)

West Vancouver United Church’s Elegant Flea Market
Saturday May 5, 8:30am to 2pm
2062 Esquimalt Avenue (at 21st)
West Vancouver, BC

NEW St. George’s School Fair
Saturday, May 5, 10am to 4pm $1
3851 West 29th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

21st Century Flea Market
Sunday May 6, 10am to 3pm  $5 (Early birds 7am-10am $20)
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive (at 16th Avenue)
Vancouver, BC

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Urban Repurpose

Recently I was reminded that North and West Vancouver are the perfect destination for a secondhand safari. Both communities have a wide selection of secondhand shops as well some of the best church rummage sales in the spring and fall.

Most shops are accessible by transit but if you plan to make several stops, might be better to go with friends and organize a fun road trip for the day. This way, you have more room for some of the treasures you will find along the way as well as snacks and water.

Whether you are looking for something specific, or just like to browse, there are many different types of secondhand shops on the North Shore. These include everything from thrift stores to consignment and antique stores. I tend to enjoy the thrift shops best and will mostly focus on those for this outing. But I will include a few of the other stores along the way.

Urban Repurpose

Case in point, my first stop was at Urban Repurpose in North Vancouver (440 Brooksbank, North Vancouver). This non-profit wants to help people change how the way we see waste. They opened their store last June and have already developed quite a following of both shoppers and donors. And with their rather large warehouse space with their own parking lot, they have an eclectic selection of items that range from building materials and tools to furniture, appliances and housewares to collectibles and unique memorabilia. They even had a shelf full of free books near the entrance.

Urban Repurpose

But they don’t just want to sell you these secondhand items, they also want to teach you how to repurpose them and develop new uses for harder to reuse materials. They plan to offer a variety of what they call “upcycling” workshops as well as do public outreach where possible. Unfortunately, they are also currently looking for a new location as they will need to leave this space by May 31st, 2018.

Auxiliary to Lions Gate Hospital Thrift Store

From there I made my way to Lonsdale and 15th Avenue and found myself in a small but vibrant thrift shop that oozed a wonderful sense of community that could be felt through the busy aisles. I am referring of course to the Auxiliary to the Lions Gate Hospital Thrift Shop (128 15th Street W) which I quickly learned is a much loved institution on the North Shore. Having been in operation since the early 60s, this iconic thrift store which is run completely by volunteers, continues to be an important fundraising arm for the hospital as 100% of the proceeds (minus basic expenses) go back to the hospital. In 2017, this worked out to just over $277,000.

Auxiliary to Lions Gate Hospital Thrift Store

But, they also provide a wonderful service to the community as they carry a wide selection of clothing, accessories, housewares, jewellery, collectibles, paintings, and so much more…all reasonably priced. And the volunteers are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and helpful…knowing most of the regulars by name. They also make the tiny space work, although I am told they could definitely use more help and a bigger space and maybe one with access to better parking.

Down the road, just off of Lonsdale and 3rd Street, is The Good Stuff Connection Thrift Shop (154 West 3rd Street). Another small but mighty thrift shop which offers good quality, low cost clothing, footwear and accessories as well as a wide variety of books, toys, and jewellery. Sales help support the North Shore Crisis Services Society programs for women and their children who are experiencing abuse.

Next on my stop was the Salvation Army Thrift Store located just off Marine Drive and Fell Avenue (1451 Fell Ave.). This iconic building, with easy parking out front, has two floors filled to the brim with just about everything you can imagine. It is a popular destination with dealers and collectors as they have a well curated selection of jewellery, antiques and collectibles. I was also impressed with their substantial collection of books but was discouraged to find that books were not arranged in any particular category. Made it very difficult to find what I was looking for (i.e., cookbooks).

There is also another Salvation Army Thrift Store on Lonsdale Avenue (241 Lonsdale Avenue)…the book section here is organized by category and they also have some furniture as well as housewares, clothing, jewellery, collectibles, small appliances and more. Parking can be a bit of a challenge, but there is free one hour parking on some of the side streets nearby. Over in West Vancouver, you can find their third North Shore location at 1582 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. This location is a bit smaller than the other two but carries a wide array of housewares, small appliances, clothing, accessories, collectibles and a well-organized book section.

SPCA Thrift Store

From there I made my way to the SPCA Thrift Store (1523 Pemberton Avenue) which is found just off of Marine Drive. It is an unlikely spot for a secondhand shop, but one that offers ample free one hour parking and a space big enough to have a room specifically designated for large and small pieces of furniture.

SPCA Thrift Store

There is also a nicely organized book selection, a room set aside for housewares and another for china, silver and collectible glassware. But you can’t leave without also heading upstairs to check out clothing and accessories. Last but not least, they also carry gently used pet supplies for every type of pet you can imagine!

Consignment Canada

And, down a few blocks is Consignment Canada (171 Pemberton Avenue). This family run consignment business is well respected on the North Shore, and should be a destination for anyone looking for beautifully crafted furniture. But they also carry a well-curated selection of everyday items for the home and office (e.g., artwork, housewares, lighting, rugs, etc.) as well as some stunning vintage jewellery.

Consignment Canada

If you are looking for something specific, it is worth checking out their Web site as they post pictures of most items that come in to the store and offer some helpful tips on their blog. But, I must say that one of the biggest draws for me is Pepper, their lovely corgi that hangs out in the office but takes time away from playing to greet customers as they come in.

There are of course many other consignment, antique and secondhand shops on the North Shore…all well worth exploring. In particular, there is another thrift sale in one of the local churches that happens every Thursday, but I promised a good friend that I wouldn’t publish the location. This is one of her favourite spots and only took me to it if I would keep it to myself. Promised kept…but if you live on the North Shore you probably know what I am talking about! Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention some of the upcoming 2018 spring rummage sales:

West Vancouver Senior’s Centre Annual Flea Market
Sunday, April 22 from 9a.m. – 3p.m.
West Vancouver Ice Arena
786 – 22nd Street, West Vancouver

West Vancouver United Church Spring Flea Market
Saturday, May 5th from 8:30am – 2:00pm
2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver

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