Throngs of people lined up around the block this morning to get their hands on some vintage clothes for cheap at F As In Frank’s $10 Fill-A-Bag sale.
People fill up a blue plastic bag as full as they can with vintage clothing for just $10, and they’re limited to two bags per person.
The bi-annual sale has grown in popularity over the years, with last year’s sale seeing more than 4,000 people rummaging through piles of vintage clothes.
Clothes were literally flying as people dug through the stacks looking for those perfect vintage pieces to add to their collections.
Charlotte, Shoni-qua and Kevin were first in line and had been there since 1:30 a.m.
The sale didn’t start until a little past 10:30 a.m.
“We played Monopoly to pass the time,” they told Vancity Buzz.
As unglamorous as sifting through piles of clothes on the ground might seem, it’s all about the hunt, getting a bargain and, most importantly, reducing, reusing and recycling.
“It’s about having a small carbon footprint and keeping as much clothing out of the landfills as possible. This is just another step in maintaining our goals,” said co-owner Jesse Heifetz.
Even though the sale only happens twice a year, Heifetz said they’re planning on starting to sell per-pound vintage clothing in the back of the store, where you can purchase clothes by weight year-round.
“You’ll have a minimum one pound purchase, and we’re aiming to have it going by July 1,” he said.
Christine Singh and Alicia George said they scored some great clothes, but it took some planning.
“It’s nerve-racking. It’s like a free-for-all, basically,” said George.
“You have to have a strategy. Have a game-plan before going in,” added Singh.
And if that wasn’t enough, there was a barbecue, music and free snapback hats thrown off the roof to the eager crowd.