Growing up, many of my clothes were pre-loved from “jumble sales” in the U.K. Jumble sales are essentially garage sales in a British village hall.
Most Saturdays, a local charity would have a jumble sale. People brought their used or nearly new clothes and laid them out on tables for buyers to rummage through.
My sister and I loved Saturday afternoons as Mum was happy to buy us clothes from jumble sales. The sales supported charities like the youth club or church repair fund, which for an 18th century church is vital!
We had fun, it was a sociable way to reduce waste and reduce consumption, and it was an eco-friendly, non-toxic and frugal way to dress.
Today, clothes seem to be just another part of our throw-away society. Our ‘must-have-latest-fashion’ addiction might as well be called ‘fast fashion,’ fueled by an industry playing on our insecurities to encourage new purchases each season.
Cheap clothing isn’t really cheap as the costs rarely reflect the true social costs of mass production or the pollution that lingers longer than our love of the jeans or dress.
I have had my British-made Mulberry handbag for over 17 years; the bag was £200 in 1997 and still looks brand new. I polish it and have even had the zip repaired, and it will last for many more years.
Whistler has an antidote to fast fashion; Deja Vogue Boutique, located in Function Junction a short bus ride south of the village. Deja Vogue Boutique is owned by Tanya McLaughlin who, having grown up in the fashion industry, enjoys seeing gently-used or new clothes find another home.
Deja Vogue Boutique epitomizes Whistler’s cosmopolitan community with clothes from all over the world; high-quality merino wool sweaters from New Zealand, designer dresses from Paris and ex-photo shoot ski jackets. This is the place to find reasonably priced, pre-loved trendy & designer womens’ and mens’ clothing, beautiful jewelry, shoes, belts, handbags and homewares.
I have been simplifying my wardrobe, which means I ask three questions and the answer determines what happens to the item.
The ‘simplify your wardrobe’ quiz:
Do I enjoy wearing this? Yes, it stays, no, it goes.
Do I look good in this? Yes, it stays, no, it goes.
Did I wear this in the last year? Yes, it stays, no, it goes.
Don’t feel guilty about letting clothes go, it is liberating having less. A clutter detox can reduce stress, which has to be a good thing. The key is not buying more because you now have space for it!
Deja Vogue Boutique takes high quality, gently used or new items. Some of their handbags and shoes are beautiful; sadly my feet were too big for the suede Tod’s driving shoes that I saw recently!
If you are looking for a Christmas present for a loved one then be sure to pop into Deja Vogue Boutique at #104-1055 Millar Creek Road. Check their Facebook page first as Christmas holiday opening hours may change: www.facebook.com/dejavogue, or call Deja Vogue Boutique at 604-932-DEJA (3352).
Joanna writes for www.ActualOrganics.com and loves clothes, but they don’t have to be brand new!