Monday, September 12, 2011

Mesh, Revisited

I hadn't been in Mesh Boutique (located at 204 John Street, just off Richmond) since it had been sold to a new owner, so I thought drop in for a visit.  The layout of the store, which specializes in "designer vintage/retro consignment" has been changed for the better and is now one large space with the counter at the rear of the store.  Stock was attractively merchandised, and very organized.  The only negative thing I could say is that I've never understood why secondhand clothing by labels like H&M is considered 'vintage', especially given that it's cheap to begin with, and tons of it can be found in every Value Village, and unfortunately, there was still some of that type of thing amongst the store's stock. For the most part, there was an interesting mix of newer upscale used clothing and accessories for men and women, including some great coats and jackets.  They had a nice selection of little black dresses and I found a slinky 1980's number that was surprising flattering for $15.  The new owner, whose name is Rex, is very friendly and helpful, and wants to support local businesses as much as possible.  He is carrying jewellery by local designers, and bath products from Batty's Bath and some cute tops/dresses made by a friend of his.  If you haven't been to the store, it's definitely worth a look, and who knows what treasure you might find.  After all, the thrill of the hunt is one of the major appeals of secondhand shopping!
 Rex, the new owner of Mesh Boutique, rocks stylish checks and converse 

6 comments:

  1. I don't care for the amount of "designer" wear he stuffs into this once affordable store. The whole point of vintage or used is that one can still afford lunch after a successful shopping spree. I don't find that you can say that after visiting this place. It's not the same.

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  2. Ah, the thrill of the hunt! I can relate to that!

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  3. Its a consignment shop - the emphasis isn't vintage...its quality used clothing-not the same thing!

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  4. Thanks for your comments, and I'd have to say that I would agree, even though the business card says "designer vintage/retro consignment", it is a consignment store, or "resale shop", and I wouldn't call most of the stock vintage, although there were a few interesting pieces. Unfortunately these days, that word tends to get applied to anything that's used, and that's not the original meaning. For vintage, I'd go to Lovesick.

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  5. I just picked up a fabulous grey suede cuffed cardigan coat/vest designed in Montreal in the 80's for $39-immaculate shape-looks like something from the Fall Jill Sander collection. Inexpensive, retro and modern...

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  6. It is a much better shop now.
    Far more interesting items and the prices are fine.

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