Best Consignment Shops in Victoria BC, Plus Tips for Consignment Shopping

by Melissa West on November 13, 2017

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Consignment Shopping


It is that time of year again, time to go into your closets and dig out those dresses for Dressember! To prepare I thought I would share with you my favourite consignment shops in Victoria BC. Consignment shopping is one of the best ways to not only save money but to stop clothes from filling landfills and child slave labour, in other words, fast fashion.

So much child and slave labour happens as a result of “fast fashion” Of the 170 million children engaged in child labour, many of them are making textiles and garments to satisfy the demand of consumers in Europe, and North America. 11% of the world’s children are in situations that deprive them of their right to go to school without interference from work.

A recent report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) revealed that recruiters in southern India convince parents in impoverished rural areas to send their daughters to spinning mills with promises of a well-paid job, comfortable accommodation, three nutritious meals a day and opportunities for training and schooling, as well as a lump sum payment at the end of three years. Their field research shows that “in reality, they are working under appalling conditions that amount to modern day slavery and the worst forms of child labour”.

My first tip is to go through your closet and see what you have. You do not need a lot of dresses to participate in Dressember. You probably do not have a lot of different pairs of pants. Likewise you do not need a lot of different dresses. You can style one dress many different ways across different weeks. You can dress down your fancier dresses with a jean jacket, a sweater or a vest.

Once you see what you have you have you can see what you wear the most. These are the garments that you want to be on the look for. Also see where the holes are in your wardrobe. What are the staple pieces that would help you wear your dresses through Dressember?

So for me, in my wardrobe, the biggest thing would be things to help me stay warm and to style my dresses. I will be on the lookout for:

  1.  Plain maxi dresses
  2. Long maxi cardigans
  3. Faux fur vests
  4. Wool coats
  5. Chunky scarves, scarves
  6. Thinking about layers – turtlenecks that I can wear under my dresses, sweaters I can wear over my dresses, vests, faux fur jackets
  7. Boots – over the knee and ankle boots to style my dresses

My favourite vintage stores in Victoria BC are:

Duchess and Duke

The Patch

Pocket

Flavour Upstairs

They are well curated, organized by size and colour and easy to find what you are looking for. I rarely leave disappointed.

I came away this from my tour of Victoria´s consignment, vintage and thrift shops with some excellent finds this time to help me layer up for Dressember.

I would love to have you join us for our Team Ola Dubois this year for Dressember. We have a goal to raise $10K to stop human trafficking. Dani from Ola Dubois makes beautiful dresses from reclaimed and sustainable material. I am grateful to have her support this year and look forward to introducing you to her in future vlogs and through her dresses.

40 plus million people in the world are trapped in human slavery in the world today. Children as young as 4 years old are being exploited as slaves. Cybersex human trafficking, trafficking boys and girls for sex and slavery of young children for fashion are some of the forms of slavery I am most passionate about ending, but there are unfortunately many other forms as well. Please join our team, wear a dress everyday in December and help us to end human slavery.

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With so much gratitude, Melissa

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