4 Fashionable Places to Shop in Vancouver – Without Fvcking Your Wallet

It’s no secret that VanCity is a seriously pricey place to live, at least by Canadian standards anyway. Dressing to impress in Vancouver while paying ridiculously high rent can be a real b*tch, but thanks to growing number of high-end consignment shops around town, you can score a few fabulous fashion pieces that won’t break the bank.

We’re talking big-name, luxury brands like Prada, Chanel, and Jimmy Choo, as well as high-end street fashion labels like Aritzia, Topshop, and Kenneth Cole – all sold for prices that make it easy to look like you just stepped out of a mansion in Shaughnessy (even if you’re renting a shared room in a basement along Boundary Road).

Here’s our picks for the top four places in Vancouver where broke AF fashion-forward folks can scratch their retail itch without maxing out their credit limit:

Located in the heart of upscale South Granville, Turnabout’s flagship shop is the largest high-end consignment shop in the city, offering a wide selection of luxury handbags, designer evening wear, and upmarket clothes for the office.

Starting in mid-October, 2016, even you lazy shoppers will be able to snag a deal on gently-used fashion items from Turnabout online through their e-commerce site.

This compact, well-curated consignment shop is located in the heart of Gastown, making it a popular destination among hip urbanites who live and work in the neighbourhood (so fair warning if plaid gives you anxiety).

If you’re looking for affordable, everyday wear that doesn’t come from the fvcking Gap, you’ll appreciate the offerings here. They also carry the awesome Lover’s Tempo line of handcrafted jewellery along with eco-friendly soy candles and one-of-a-kind Fly at Risk ties.

Tucked away in a heritage rowhouse in Kits, this unique high-end fashion consignment shop focuses on selling only items that have been authenticated through their expert fraud-finding service that guarantees everything they sell is the real deal. None of that knock-off crap from Asia.

Although their selection of designer clothing is limited to a few compact racks, their selection is well-balanced with an ever-changing assortment of designer bags and footwear from names like Prada, Louboutins, and Gucci. You can follow them on social media to get the inside scoop on new arrivals and deals.

This relative newcomer to the ever-evolving Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood is packed with hip, affordable fashion pieces from club-friendly designer names like Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant, and James Perse. Be warned that stock moves quickly here, which makes it a must-stop destination when you’re in the area.

So despite the impossibly high rents, ever-increasing ICBC rates, and high price of virtually everything here on the West Coast, you really can rock the luxury look in Vancouver – without fvcking your wallet.