719 Yates Street | (250) 384-7070
The Patch is a high quality vintage clothing store on Yates Street, where you can find any style from any era for a pretty decent price. Depending on your era or style of choice, selection is pretty good, and they have new products arriving weekly. Of course, it’s low pricing, and perfect if you’re in the mood for a quick tag popping fix.
As a rather inexperienced thrift shopper, the majority of my vintage dresses, and by that I mean all 3 of my vintage dresses, come from The Patch. I’ve never really done much thrift shopping when it comes to clothing, but it’s always fun for me to peruse the selection. As it is, the dresses I have from The Patch are pretty awesome. One is an Esprit cream shift dress from Esprit’s early days with a ’60’s vibe. It has a bit of a silky finish and red daisies all over it. The other great find was an extremely garish on the hanger velvet and silk dress with massive shoulder pads. The top part is fuchsia and black paisley in silk with a cut out back, while the bottom half is figure hugging velvet. I had to try it on, and it actually looks amazing, now that I’ve removed the shoulder pads. Cost me $5.
For me the Patch is a very hit or miss kind of store. Since they sell vintage and secondhand clothing, I guess it’s understandable that the quality of their stock ebbs and flows. Probably the best thing I have ever found at the Patch was my black Ralph Lauren Blazer. I wasn’t actively looking for a blazer, but this one just jumped out at me. Even though it was over $30 I still decided to buy it and don’t regret it at all. Even if you don’t like vintage clothing, walk through the Patch and gawk at their many mannequins dressed to the nines.