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If your heart goes aflutter at the mere sight of the names Jimmy Choo, YSL or Diane von Furstenberg—but stops at the price tag—then allow us to introduce you to designer consignment.
Unlike thrift shops, these stores offer shoppers a well-curated collection of almost-new pieces that are timeless collectables or trending now. What’s more, the options in this city have never been better.
Turnabout Luxury Retail is a name you may have heard before. Having opened their first store over 30 years ago, Turnabout now has six Lower Mainland locations to satisfy the designer-hungry shopper, including a new spot on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano. From day one, Turnabout has offered only like-new pieces from brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Céline and Balenciaga, while also stocking contemporary streetwear from the likes of Aritzia, J Brand and Club Monaco. Their expansive dress selection is full of pieces suitable for weddings and formal functions, plus there’s that added bonus that you won’t end up wearing the same thing as everyone else. Six locations, turnabout.ca
Originally a small vintage store, Front and Company has become a major shopping destination along the Main Street boutique corridor. The elaborately whimsical window displays are just a taste of what’s inside. Front and Company is packed with racks of unique consignment, new pieces, accessories, shoes and homewares tailored to the edgy East Van crowd (in other words, mostly millennials). Perhaps the most budget-friendly option on this list, Front and Company also carries a small selection of high-end designer consignment clothing and accessories from brands such as Alexander Wang, the Row and Marni.3772 Main St., frontandcompany.com
The newest member of the pack, Mine and Yours is the brainchild of Vancouverite Jigme Love, who wanted to bring home the stylish pieces and trends she fell for while travelling in Europe and the U.S. Having recently expanded into a new location downtown, Mine and Yours specializes in on-trend, almost-new women’s clothing and accessories. But the brand has become known for its selection of lust-worthy designer purses, which are documented daily on Mine and Yours’ popular social media pages. Love says she even visits the closets of some celebrities to get pieces for the store. A Chanel double-flap with a juicy backstory? Now that’s consignment.1025 Howe St., mineandyours.com