Last week I told you I’d share about a new Vancouver thrift shop that I just happened upon when I was actually looking for this:
Community Thrift and Vintage Frock Shoppe 311 Carrall Street
Don’t you love that name – “Frock Shoppe”? That’s what drew me in. This lovely little shop is small but clean and well stocked with amazing vintage frocks as well as other gently used items – all women’s. The shop is a social enterprise of the Portland Housing Society(PHS) which is well known in the DTES for its good work in the community.
They actually have two shops – the Frock Shoppe is geared towards women only, their other shop – on 41 W. Cordova and which I have yet to visit – caters to everyone. Read the “about us” page on Community Thrift blog, they have one of the best purpose statements I’ve ever read. Their shops give women with barriers employment skills and the proceeds from the shops support this work.
I loved trawling through the racks of vintage dresses –stuff right out of Leave it to Beaver or Breakfast at Tiffanies. This would be a GREAT place to get prom dresses or a lovely frock to wear to a spring wedding. The vintage items are priced a little higher ($40 or $50 for a dress) but you really are buying one-of-a-kind when you buy vintage. Their other items were reasonably priced.
I tried a few things on but it wasn’t my lucky day. I did leave with this beautiful TieRack scarf, which makes me feel as though I’m wearing a watercolour painting.
I’m looking forward to visiting their other shop next time I’m downtown. What did you find as you thrifted this weekend?