BWSS Retail Program & Social Enterprise
We are women social entrepreneurs through the marketing of our skill-based feminist counselling training program since the 1990s and with the opening of the My Sister’s Closet Eco-thrift boutique in 2001. We have grown to fully realize our potential as successful social business women.
As advocates of zero waste, eco-fashion and the thrift movement, we enable women, men and children to access beautiful new and second-hand clothing. Revenue generated from the sales of clothing help fund violence prevention and intervention services operated by Battered Women’s Support Services which support over 11,000 women every year. Download our brochure about My Sister’s Closet Retail Program.
Donate Your Clothing
We accept women’s and men’s clothing, shoes and accessories such as purses, jewellery, and wallets. No appointment necessary. Just come on by any time during our opening hours.
We are located at 1092 Seymour St. (corner of Helmcken St), Yaletown, Vancouver.
If you need to reach us, you can at 604.687.0770
Volunteer at My Sister’s Closet
Help end violence against women and girls – volunteer at My Sister’s Closet. Our Retail Program and Social Enterprise provides girls and women with volunteer experience which increases esteem, confidence, and employability.
Currently, My Sister’s Closet is run by over 45 volunteers. If you would like to join our team, please fill out our application form here.
“The staff of My Sister’s Closet were friendly and knowledgeable and shared right away about their mission to support BWSS. The prices were comparable to big thrift stores and there was a full range of sizes! If I lived in Vancouver, this would be a regular thrifting destination and I plan to visit in the future.”Nicole
“With the start of the new year in full swing, it is time for a new you! I am changing my go-to outfits by sourcing unique, vintage pieces from My Sister’s Closet… their collections and really speak to my sense of style.”Natalie Langsto
“II don’t get back to Vancouver often, but when I do, the first thing I do is visit My Sister’s Closet! Many of my wardrobe staples come from this fabulous and community focused boutique and so I always jump at the chance to pick up some great pieces and support the community as well.”Anthea Tsoukalas
Connecting and collaborating with the community is important to BWSS My Sister’s Closet. Our actions require a community response, participation, and action involving men, women, elders, youth, businesses, and groups. Learn More >
Eco Fashion Week
As a community thrift boutique and social enterprise, My Sister’s Closet was invited to participate in Vancouver Eco Fashion Week to encourage the apparel and textile industry towards more responsible practices and at the same time inform and inspire the sustainable-minded consumer. Learn More >
Supporting Local Women Artisans
My Sister’s Closet supports local women artisans by giving them retail space and promoting their work. This contributes to their financial independence and growth of artistic expression. Meet our current artisans featured at My Sister’s Closet.
What’s in store via Instagram
Book Your Own Exclusive ADORN Shopping Party
A fun and fabulous way to get to know and support our community boutique is to set up your exclusive ADORN shopping party.
ADORN parties offer a great way to social and shop, while supporting girls and women survivors of violence. We will open exclusively for your group and cater to your specific needs.
One of the many ways we meet the needs of women in our community is through social enterprise. This includes our Retail Program and thrift boutique, My Sister’s Closet.
My Sister’s Closet is a community boutique where we are offering diversity in fashion to our shoppers with exceptional service from over 40 volunteer women. Our little boutique is a space for community to come together to end violence against women and girls.
You can find gently used, recycled, vintage, and eco-fashion clothing in a variety of styles and sizes for both women and men. All the clothing and accessories are donated by community members, retailers, and the film industry.
My Sister’s Closet was founded on the principle of seeking freedom from the whims of government to end violence against women. In the past year alone, 13,000 women have accessed services at BWSS. In addition, clothing is donated out to organizations serving women and men in need of free clothing such as the YWCA Single Moms housing, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, DTES Women’s Centre, and to BWSS Safety & Outreach Program in the DTES.
Safe & Welcoming Space for Community
Our boutique is also about providing a safe and welcoming space for community to engage with us and/or join our efforts in ending violence against women and girls. Information on our programs and services at BWSS, how you can support our ending violence work, and collaborating in events and fundraiser events are available at My Sister’s Closet.