Port Moody pop-up shop will keep fashion from clogging landfill

A Port Moody woman is hoping to create the ultimate win-win shopping experience that will make fashion hounds happy while reducing waste.

Theresa Blancaflor is organizing the Sequel Consignment sale to be held at the Old Mill Boathouse on April 28.

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The special pop-up event will offer curated collections of previously-owned contemporary and designer clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men.

By finding new wearers for items that are otherwise cluttering closets, Blancaflor hopes they’ll stay out of the landfills.

The phenomenon of retailers pushing fashion trends by constantly replenishing their shelves and displays with cheap, trendy clothing is called fast fashion, and it’s clogging up our ability to deal with waste.

A recent report by Metro Vancouver said people are buying three times more clothes than they did 30 years ago, and last year 44 million pounds of clothing were thrown in the garbage.

Blancaflor, who works at the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, said buying clothes on consignment extends their useful life, as original owners’ bodies change, their tastes refine, or they decide that must-have accessory just doesn’t work for them anymore. But, she said, always travelling into Vancouver to shop at stylish consignment stores that take care with what they accept and put on their hangers has grown wearisome.

So Blancaflor decided to bring the consignment experience to Port Moody.

She hopes the event will give an opportunity for Tri-City shoppers to refresh their wardrobes as well as educating them about the environmental cost of fast fashion.

“It raises awareness of textile waste,” Blancaflor said. “People are buying more and it doesn’t last as long.”

Blancaflor has already recruited several vendors who’ve raided their own closets, but there’s still room for a few more. All items accepted for the sale will be curated and the seller keeps 80% of the proceeds. She said shoppers can expect to see labels from Dolce & Gabbana to Lululemon. Much of the clothing will be for women, but there will be some men’s stuff as well. There’ no kids’ clothing.

• To find out more about the Sequel Consignment pop-up, or to sign up as a seller, go to https://linktr.ee/sequelconsign.

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