Social Enterprise

Community Thrift and Vintage Frock Shoppe…is awesome

This week’s guest post is courtesy of Christine Klar

At 311 Carrall, between Cordova and Hastings, there’s a trendy little fashion boutique, full of light and very inviting. An interesting mix of women are moving in and out – locals, super cool hipsters and tourists.

Inside, despite its beautiful and very organized boutique look, the clothing and jewellery are a unique combination of thrift store and vintage. Director Jenni Nelson says their mission is to make sure that people from all walks of life can afford to shop here and find something lovely to wear, with items ranging from $2. to $200 — for some exquisite 1920s collector pieces.

Started and funded by PHS Community Services Society as a social enterprise to employ women who live at the Ranier Hotel (PHS). New employees usually start in the back, repairing and prepping the donated and consigned clothing and move into a customer service role over time.

Since opening in December 2011, business has been really good – and all profits go back into women’s charities in the DTES.

And guys – there’s cool offerings for you at their store around the corner at the Community Thrift & Vintage Men’s Den, 41 W. Cordova.


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