48 Hours in Vancouver for Out-of-the-Box and Offbeat Shoppers

Shopping in Gastown. Photo Credit: Gastown BIA

Shopping in Gastown. Photo Credit: Gastown BIA

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on off-the-beaten path shopping destinations to show savvy consumers that there is more to see beyond Robson St.

What You’ll Need to Go on This Shopping Discovery Adventure:
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Good quality walking shoes (you’ll be doing a lot of walking)
• A good quality tote bag (to hold all your purchases in)
• A camera with a good zoom function (For when you want photos of the different neighborhoods)

Day 1

Morning to Early Afternoon-10 am to 1 pm

After an early breakfast in the downtown core, take a 15 to 20 minute walk to the eclectic neighborhood of Gastown.

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Out-of-the-Box and Offbeat Shoppers

7th Annual Nifty for Fifty Indie Designer Blow Out Sale This Sunday

Nifty for Fifty Fashion Sale 2014

Image courtesy of Nifty for Fifty | Facebook

It’s a blow out sale like no other, one that’s full of beautifully designed goods and apparel made by local indie designers in Vancouver, selling off their one-of-a-kind items for deeply (deeply!) discounted rates… It’s the Nifty for Fifty Sale, coming back to Vancouver this Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 11am-8pm at the Heritage Hall on Main Street.

Last year the line up for this event wrapped around the block, this year frugal fashionistas will likely be doing the same thing, itching to get their hands on some of the hottest local designs available for sale.

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7th Annual Nifty for Fifty Indie Designer Blow Out Sale This Sunday

Salt Spring in the City Brings Bohemian Back to Vancouver

Salt Spring in the City Market

Salt Spring Kitchen Co.
Image courtesy of Salt Spring in the City | Facebook.com

Salt Spring Island, one of the largest gulf islands just a ferry ride away from Vancouver, is a bohemian haven and is often considered to be one of B.C.’s worst kept secrets and finest treasures.

For the first time ever, on March 14-16, Salt Spring in the City will be bringing the island’s bohemian lifestyle and hand-crafted goodies from the hottest artisans to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall (15th & Main).

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Salt Spring in the City Brings Bohemian Back to Vancouver

Curious Flea Market Transforms the Traditional Flea Market into Social Event

Photo credit: dorena-wm | Flickr

You’ve never been to a flea market like this before! The Curious Flea Market this weekend is a new kind of flea market for the adventurous and inquisitive. Billing itself as a “social flea market”, Curious Flea Market aims to transform the traditional basement flea market into a social shopping event where customers are invited to hangout, engage, and explore.

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Curious Flea Market Transforms the Traditional Flea Market into Social Event

Attention Shoppers: 100-Store Luxury Outlet Mall Coming to Vancouver

A McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre, like this one in Athens, Greece, is coming to Vancouver.  Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis | Flickr

A McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre, like this one in Athens, Greece, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis | Flickr

Love outlet shopping but hate that long trip to Seattle Premium Outlets in Washington?

You may be in luck.  Construction is now underway on B.C.’s first luxury outlet mall … and it happens to be conveniently located along the Canada Line.

The mall is situated on a parcel of land owned by Vancouver International Airport, next to the Templeton SkyTrain Station on Richmond’s Sea Island, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. Plans call for 100 stores in an initial phase, ultimately growing to 35,000 square feet of retail space.

The layout will be familiar to anyone with outlet shopping experience.  The mall is designed as a kind of open-air village, with pedestrian-only streets linking up different stores. It will be a partnership between the U.K.’s McArthurGlen Group and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

As for the proposed name for the new complex, it’s a bit of a mouthful: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre Vancouver Airport. (Here’s hoping they come up with a catchier name than that. Maybe a crowd-sourced contest is in order?)

But now onto the important stuff: Which luxury stores are going to set up shop in the new outlets?

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Attention Shoppers: 100-Store Luxury Outlet Mall Coming to Vancouver