December 02 2019 – Rachelle Love
Written by Rachelle Love, owner and designer of Earth and Elle
There's something so satisfying about finding a vintage piece of clothing that fits nicely into my wardrobe and personality. What I love is that maybe I'll find something completely out of the ordinary but it's so awesome that I'll make it fit into my life. What's more... Is sometimes I won't find something for myself, but I'll find something absolutely perfect for a special person in my life because vintage clothes are so unique. These are all reasons why I wanted to share vintage shops to visit with you, because Vancouver is absolutely saturated with sweet spots. Here are three places where I've found forever wardrobe gems that I recommend visiting. I'll keep updating my thoughts and findings as I visit new places. In the mean time if you need more, check out the definitive guide to vintage shops in Vancouver that I've linked to in the last paragraph.
Without wasting anymore time... Here are three to start with.
Erin Templeton is known for handcrafted leather bags and goods that they make at their own atelier, though they also have serious racks of vintage clothing. Think overall dresses, silk shirts, and dresses from many eras. Linen lovers beware -they've got a great eye for vintage linen.
511 Carrall Street at Pender
Vancouver, BC V6B 2J8
mon - tue 11 - 5pm
wed - sat 11 - 6pm
Used House of Vintage
Think vintage printed tees, mountains of denim, big sweaters, wool coats and eclectic dresses from all eras. I found one of my favourite over-coats here while shopping with some friends. Once I found a shirt that looks like it was hand sewed and dyed in the 60's when I visited the store with Martin, who introduced me to this store!
1008 Robson Street
Monday to Saturday: 11:00 - 8:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 8:00
Lady Madonna Vintage
This place is stacked high with clothes. If you go here, make sure you've got a bit of time! Each time I've gone here with my friends Audrey and Sarah, we've each found something good. We found Lady Madonna Vintage as we were originally drawn to Maclean's Books on the Richards and West Pender block, a Harry Potter like book store you must visit if you're a book worm too. As an out-of-towner, I could spend an entire day on this one block. Nearby there is also a vegan bistro, Indigo Age Cafe, and a sweet lunch spot for sandwiches, soups, and really good chai lattes, called Finch's Tea House.
432 Homer Street
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T1
Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 6:00
Just in case you need more, here is a link to an overwhelmingly awesome guide, because vintage shopping in Vancouver is endless.
Check out The Definite Guide to Thrift and Vintage Shopping in Vancouver written thoughtfully and meticulously by Vancouver journalist Lucy Lau on the Georgia Straight. Thank you Lucy for this essential resource!
There's that delicious chai latte from Finch's Tea House.
The overcoat I found at Used House of Vintage
The white silk blouse I found at Lady Madonna Vintage.
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