|Store Type |||Men's Clothing, Women's Clothing|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver Lower Mainland|
|Getting There |||Bus 5, 44, 50 or Bus 5, 44, 50|
|Cross Street |||Helmcken Street|
|Mon-Sat: 10AM-6PM; Sat: 11AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: May 07, 2009
My Sister’s Closet is much more than just a funky boutique where you’ll find unique consignment pieces — it’s also the retail venture of the Battered Women’s Support Services. The pair of thrift boutiques — one downtown and the other on Commercial Drive — is a social enterprise that exists to ensure BWSS has the funds to continue its important programs in the community. Staffing is done primarily on a volunteer basis and all profits are used to fund services and programs for women dealing with violence or abuse. Additionally, My Sister’s Closet gives away about $50,000 worth of clothing annually to women and children escaping violence. BWSS coined the term “fashionism,” to describe the use of feminist activism and fashion to affect change in women’s lives and the organization is proud to say, “It works!”
Focus on Eco-Fashion
My Sister’s Closet is dedicated to bettering the lives of women, as well as the world in which they live. The charitable organization is aware of the high amount of textile waste that ends up in Canadian landfills and strives to reduce it by encouraging people to donate clothing. (Donations are always being accepted and can be dropped off at the Drive location.) Every year, BWSS diverts an estimated 100,000 pounds of clothing from landfills in B.C. My Sister’s Closet also scours for items that are made from recycled, animal-free or organic materials and those that are made locally or are fair-trade imports. Green is the new black at this boutique!
BWSS first ventured into the retail world with My Sister’s Closet on Commercial Drive in 2001. The shop fits right into the hippy-chic neighbourhood and is known for its trend-setting window displays. The shop stocks clothing for children, women and men, as well as house wares with a focus on vintage and retro looks. After enjoying great success, a second location downtown was opened in 2007. The look of the Seymour Street shop, which is known as “MSC 1092,” is much more modern and the fashions of the shelves (for women and men only) reflect the city set more than the Eastside hipster.
Locations: Find the closest Closet to you.