On this tour you’ll get to discover funky thrift, vintage, and consignment clothing stores on the edges of downtown Vancouver. These places are hidden gems off the beaten track and away from the usual Vancouver shopping areas. If you are a more adventurous visitor who likes to explore areas traditionally not visited by tourists, and love to be immersed in local experiences, then join me on this hidden thrift and vintage clothing store tour and get to know interesting layers of Vancouver. I find the edges or boundaries of different areas to be the most interesting in cities where local independent shops and artists can thrive and create spaces for themselves.
I have been shopping thrift, vintage and consignment shops in Vancouver since 1979. I know where the best shops are, especially the out-of-the-way gems. I follow all the thrift and vintage shops on social media and know their latest news and when there are sales, so there are super deals to be had. And I am always exploring and discovering new thrift and vintage as they open. I am a “hobbyist” reseller and consign my select top name brands with local resale stores. Almost my entire wardrobe is thrifted. I believe, why shop new when you can find unique, quality clothing and accessories at thrift and vintage shops for a fraction of the price. I love sharing my favourite places with visitors as I have been running my experience Thrifting Main Street Resale Boutiques for almost a year and it’s been so much fun I created this new experience.
Local handmade chocolate or snack
Entrance fee to flea market
We’ll meet at a local cafe for introductions. We’ll walk to the first thrift and vintage store on the edge of downtown and the downtown Eastside. We’ll sample some handmade, organic chocolate or a snack to keep us fuelled for the rest of our tour. We’ll then walk through Chinatown to the edge of the Strathcona neighbourhood to a consignment shop. From there we head to a local flea market that has vintage and locally made items from indie makers.
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather as we will be walking between shops
One location has stairs. Let me know if you require a wheelchair accessible tour and I can substitute another shop on the tour. All genders are welcome. This is a scent free tour. Please consider other guests who may have sensitivities.
Hidden Thrift and Vintage Stores Tour