Vancouver thrift store offers curated fashion and home finds

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“We are always on the lookout for quality, timeless pieces and focus on primarily natural materials,” says Lauren Lee, Founder of Gather.

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If you love the idea of ​​vintage shopping, but are reluctant to delve into pre-loved pieces, Vancouver-based company Gather might be for you.

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The online and in-store boutique aims to offer vintage finds – and a few new arrivals – spanning fashion and home decor. We caught up with founder Lauren Lee to find out more.

Q. For those who don’t know, what is Gather?

A. Gather is a small boutique in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Vancouver. We offer vintage, pre-loved, slow fashion clothing and vintage homewares. We also sell a selection of products from local sustainable and local women-owned brands.

Q. What makes it unique?

A. Gather is unique in that we specialize in highly selected contemporary vintage. In addition to vintage, we offer pre-loved modern sends that fit a similar aesthetic. We are always on the lookout for quality and timeless pieces and favor mostly natural materials such as linen, silk and wool depending on the season.

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Lauren Lee, founder of Gather.
Lauren Lee, founder of Gather. Photo by Nicole Carter Photography

Q. What made you want to open a used parts store?

A. I’ve always loved vintage clothes and furniture. I started saving more when my son was born about five years ago. I became more environmentally conscious and interested in the circular economy in general. Children’s clothes are so little worn that it can be crazy to buy them brand new. I started my online business and then made the leap to brick and mortar. It was a dream of mine to have a storefront, I also wanted people to be able to experience shopping in person as well as online.

Q. Who is the target customer?

A. Someone who is looking for unique clothes and values ​​vintage. They love hunting but also don’t want to rummage through clothes to find treasure. My customers tend to buy used frequently, but I have a lot of people who have never bought anything used before – and I love it.

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Q. What can you share about how you get the unique pieces available in the store?

A. I do a lot of thrift shopping at local stores. I have places I go to about three times a week and sometimes I get my supplies from online marketplaces. Gather also accepts consignment of used and vintage clothing.

Q. What is the price range of your products?

A. I’m careful to have something for everyone on every budget. There is a mix of higher priced and lower priced goods. The price may depend on the brand or, in some cases, the rarity of the part.

Q. And finally, where can they be consulted?

A. You can shop online at gathertheshop.com, although not all vintage and pre-loved clothing is available online. You can visit the store in person at 109 East Broadway for the full collection.

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