Main Street is a continually developing and socially happening hub. If you love thrifting you will be in heaven because it is the Mecca of thrift, consignment, vintage and luxury resale boutiques in Vancouver. But, it can be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t familiar with the area and don’t know which boutiques have the best quality items. We’ll meet at a local cafe for specialty coffees/teas and introductions. Then we’ll take a curated walking tour of 4 to 5 of my top on-trend consignment, vintage, and luxury resale boutiques on Main Street. You’ll discover unique vintage pieces, luxury designer brands, and on-trend footwear and handbags. I’ll tell you about the background of the boutique shops. We’ll spend up to 30 minutes at each boutique. I’ll help you search the racks for that perfect item you’ve been looking for, if you want some help. I’ll provide resale shopping tips if you are new to thrifting. We’ll check the sales racks for deals. As we’re walking between boutiques, I’ll share with you a bit of the history of the neighbourhood. I’ll also point out other local shops, restaurants and cafes that are my favourites that you can later explore on your own.
I’ve been thrifting on Main Street since the mid-90s when I worked on community projects and hung out in the local cafes. At first it was all about buying fashion my budget would allow. It’s become much more then that. Thrifting embodies many things l’m passionate about: the shop local movement, supporting local charities, and it’s eco-friendly. Of course finding the sweet deal is still key. I thrift everywhere I wander in my city and wherever else I travel. From thrift stores to luxury resale, it’s about exploration and possibilities - you never know what special item you might find. I also consign my designer finds that I no longer wear with the boutiques and consider myself a "hobbyist" reseller.
A specialty coffee or tea - hot or cold
This tour takes you to boutiques that are unique to Vancouver and provides a different kind of shopping experience while you also experience the flavour of the local neighbourhood. We’ll visit a local cafe. We’ll visit a mix of 4 thrift, contemporary consignment, and vintage boutiques. For exclusive group bookings, I can customize the tour, for example, vintage only.
It rains a lot in Vancouver so an umbrella is often essential - check the weather report before coming
The tour will go ahead rain or shine. All genders welcome. 3 of the 5 shops have mens wear This is a scent free tour - please be respectful Customized tours available. Boutiques have limited + sizes.