Shame­less Re­sale con­sign­ment store is a shopa­holic’s dream

The Georgia Straight - - Horoscope -

(This story is spon­sored by Shame­less Re­sale.)

You spot them from across the room. Your heart skips a beat. Your eyes widen. You start to feel sweat form­ing on your brow. You make a quick glance to your ei­ther side to make sure no one else has seen them. And now is your chance. Noth­ing can stand in your way. You make a bee­line for them and they’re in your hands. Chris­tian Louboutin. Mint con­di­tion. Crafted leather per­fec­tion. Red soles. With the box. And by some mirac­u­lous fate— in your size! Your feet were made for this moment. Your calves have never looked more sculpted. And you can af­ford them. Is this a dream?

No, it’s a con­sign­ment store—a mag­i­cal place where your shop­ping as­pi­ra­tions be­come a re­al­ity. When we talk about some of the best feel­ings in the world, scor­ing some­thing sec­ond­hand is surely one of them—es­pe­cially if you’re a shopa­holic. But even if you’ve never set foot in a con­sign­ment store be­fore, there is a huge op­por­tu­nity for you to in­dulge in some re­sale ther­apy. And thank­fully, in Van­cou­ver, there is no short­age of amaz­ing spots to check out.

If you’ve been in on the con­sign­ment se­cret for a while, chances are that you’ve al­ready met Court­ney Hunter. With over a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, she founded her own store, Shame­less Re­sale (3957 Main Street), in March of this year.

Court­ney spends her time buy­ing, sell­ing, and au­then­ti­cat­ing, so that she can of­fer her cus­tomers a care­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion of preloved pieces at great prices. She sources the best in brand­name women’s cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories, mean­ing that you can ex­pect to find ev­ery­thing from lu­l­ule­mon to Louis Vuit­ton. She even has clients who are so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers, both lo­cally and from L.A., mean­ing you can find pieces that have been worn to red car­pet events.

“We’ve got Cartier sun­glasses. We’ve got a brand new Gucci belt. We’ve prob­a­bly got 200 pieces from Ar­itzia and some are with tags on,” Court­ney says. “We’re very lucky to have the se­lec­tion we have. And I try to keep it ro­tat­ing so that we have some­thing for ev­ery­body. We have a lot of de­signer stuff but I don’t like to be ex­clu­sively just that.”

In ad­di­tion to be­ing able to find some time­less and gor­geous items, you can also feel good in know­ing that you’re sup­port­ing a lo­cal busi­ness and do­ing your bit for the en­vi­ron­ment as well. Talk about guilt-free shop­ping. Dur­ing the last 10 years, Court­ney has seen first­hand a shift in the mind­set to­ward buy­ing re­sale. And these days, there is a cer­tain cache that comes with be­ing able to say you found some­thing fab­u­lous in a con­sign­ment store.

“It’s not fast fash­ion. It’s about re­spect­ing qual­ity pieces,” she says.” I can’t re­mem­ber the last time that I bought some­thing new from a retail store. I re­ally be­lieve in re­cy­cling and re­spect­ing beau­ti­ful things by re­pur­pos­ing and reusing them.”

And just be­cause it’s sec­ond­hand doesn’t mean it’s not fashionable. With her years in the busi­ness, Court­ney knows how to spot a trend. This sea­son she says we can ex­pect to see a lot of ‘80s in­spired looks. Think leop­ard print, leather, dark flo­rals, and boyfriend­style pants—all of which can be snagged in-store right now. But with new stock com­ing in every day, the best way to en­sure you don’t miss out is to stop by.

“We’re Shame­less Re­sale,” says Court­ney proudly. “We’re high-cal­i­bre con­sign­ment. But when we say high cal­i­bre, we mean it’s qual­ity. We’re a cu­rated bou­tique.”

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