The thrill of the hunt makes consignment shopping fun because you never know what you might find. A reliable winter coat, a chic bag for work, or perhaps boots that will take you through spring; the possibilities are endless.
But there’s more to shopping sustainably than style alone. In 2019, a Resale Report by thredUp revealed that resale has grown 21 times faster than the standard retail market in a three year period — and the secondhand market is expected to reach $51 billion in five years.
In Vancouver, the average shopper throws away the equivalent of 44 t-shirts per year (scary, right?). ARCHIVE, the city’s largest pop-up consignment event, doesn’t want your clothing to go to waste. From Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 1 the sale is bringing thousands of pre-loved pieces to the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 East Pender Street.
ARCHIVE events take place twice annually and create a sustainable system for apparel in Vancouver. Shoppers can expect to find contemporary and luxury apparel, accessories, and shoes for women and children of all shapes and sizes, along with a smaller selection of men’s items at the upcoming sale.
“We are thrilled to be hosting our third event and engaging in the conversation of conscious consumption with our community,” Randa Salloum, co-Founder of ARCHIVE told Daily Hive.
Attendees will gain insight into conscious consumption and hear from the following speakers: Dr. Love-Ese Chile, a Sustainable Plastic Researcher; Max Feldman, a Sourcing, Product Development, Quality and Production expert; Patricia Penrose, the Founder and President of Transcontinental Textile Recycling Limited.
This season, ARCHIVE is bringing in So Over It Luxury Consignment and secondhand denim specialists R Denim. The kids’ section has grown and Sharday Engel will be hosting a children’s pop-up with over 400 items, including pieces from her company Circle Back Kids Consignment.
Vancity is teaming up with Fabcycle to host clothing weigh stations so you can place your purchases on the scales and discover how much apparel you have personally saved from the landfills. My Clothes World, a program that strives to foster a future of environmentally responsible citizens, will also be popping up at the event.
And if you have any burgeoning questions about apparel waste in Vancouver, Metro Vancouver representatives will be onsite to answer them for you.
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“We have joined forces with many local businesses who share our mission toward a sustainable future in fashion, food and waste. Collectively, we have diverted over 1,500 pounds of apparel from hitting the landfills and we aim to triple that this year,” Salloum added.
All seller spots are sold out for this month’s event but if you’re interested in selling your pre-loved pieces in the future, follow ARCHIVE on Instagram for updates. How it works: sellers provide their items and at the end of the event, they get a cheque for 60% commission of their sales.
There is still space for volunteers if you want to give back before or after you shop! Visit the ARCHIVE website for more information.
- Friday, February 28: 5 to 9 pm — VIP ticket holders ($25)
- Saturday, February 29: 10 to 11 am — Early access ticket holders ($15) | 11 am to 5 pm General Admission (FREE)
- Sunday, March 1: 11 am to 5 pm — General Admission (FREE)
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre — 50 East Pender Street, Chinatown, Vancouver
All tickets: Available via Eventbrite