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With an address at 1025 Howe Street, luxury fashion resale and designer consignment store, Mine and Yours, is thriving with high levels of donations. And local demand for designer consignment has provided them with the opportunity to seek out a second store location.
On Friday, May 10, Mine and Yours will be launching a pop-up store at the old Boboli menswear location in South Granville. The 2,200 sq. ft. store will be open all summer through September, seven days a week.
You can expect to find higher-end products at the pop-up including brands like Chanel, Marni, Valentino, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant, Celine, Dries Van Noten, as well as some mid price point brands like Alexander Wang and Self-Portrait — with new arrivals dropping daily.
“Over the last couple of months, we have been seeing sales increase and a significant amount of new luxury product come into our store. Unable to say no to such fabulous pieces, we starting storing some of them as there is only so much we can fit in 1,100 square feet,” Mine and Yours owner, Courtney Watkins, tells Daily Hive.
Watkins says that South Granville was her first choice for a pop-up location as it’s “rooted in designer products,” and somewhere that women have been shopping for many years.
Back in 2013, Watkins saw a gap in the Vancouver market for consignment and opened Mine and Yours boutique. Since then, she has seen a big shift in how Vancouverites view second-hand luxury goods.
“Back then, a lot of my top suppliers didn’t want anyone knowing that they sold to us, now they have become our best customers and are proud to get a good deal on an item, whether they need the savings or not.”
Passionate about the second-hand economy, Watkins highlights the fact that fashion is the “second most polluting industry” below oil and gas. “Over 50% of fast fashion is disposed of in less than a year and consignment stores offer a place for consumers to get the price point of items, and something that they can then sell or donate after,” she says.
Although Metro Vancouver is striving for green initiatives, we threw away almost 44 million pounds of clothing in 2018. Watkins stresses that there are plenty of options out there and that many second-hand stores are working together to reduce textile waste.
“Since we only accept designer and luxury products, I often send suppliers over to Turnabout and Front and Co. for more middle range price points, and I’m collaborating with Hey Archive for a big sale at the end of the month.”
If you haven’t shopped second-hand before, Watkins (and myself included) highly recommend checking out the new Mine and Yours pop-up store as it represents the market differently.
The store’s launch party will be taking place on Friday, May 10 where you’ll get to enjoy the sounds of a live DJ and an open bar while shopping luxurious (and potentially one-of-a-kind) pieces.
“It’s not your grandma’s consignment store; it’s a luxurious resale store,” Watkins concludes.
When: May 10 to September
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm daily | 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays
Where: 2762 Granville Street