A light load this week, but a big project launched, and for fun I’ll publish on Saturday night!
Shoe chain Naturalizer to close all of its retail stores by the end of January, favouring an online model. This includes three local stores in Dartmouth, Halifax and Bedford.
It’s a little more than two years since the Has Bin opened in north-end Dartmouth, and now it’s version 2, with a move across the harbour to north end Halifax.
Last week, the Has Bin opened at 2738 Agricola St., most recently the longtime home of McLellan Antiques, which now offers restorations by appointment only.
“I knew it was a good fit,” owner Bee Morrison says of the new spot.
“The time felt right, we had just come up on the end of our lease, and I was tired of being in the middle of nowhere,” referring to the minimal foot traffic she had on Windmill Road in Dartmouth.
“The space has its own personality; it’s weird, old and rarely makes sense spatially. It honestly feels stubborn to me, and that’s probably why I liked it so much. It’s a much bigger space than our old one, with plenty of storage.”
It also has some room for a sewing area to help utilize her seamstress skills.
The Has Bin sells used clothing, but the business model is slightly different because the goods are all bought from individuals and purchased outright in a modified consignment model.
“Because I do all the buying, we have a focus on queer esthetics, as well as a heavy ’80s, early ’90s influence,” Morrison says.
“For me, accessibility is of the utmost importance. My entire community being able to access my products is very important to me. We have an extensive Pay What You Can section, with over 300 pieces currently.”
The shop is laid out based on clothing type. However, the plus-sized clothing is separated, saving people from having to rummage through everything in the shop.
She says she has learned quite a bit in the last two years.
“I’m still very young, so a lot of that learning is because I am only really just becoming an adult. Some of my lessons have been jarring, like how it can be really and truly isolating to be a small-business owner. It’s a lot of long hours alone in the store.”
Morrison also emphasizes the importance of asking for help from family and friends and keeping track of everything in a spreadsheet, as well as the annoyance of tax season.
“Maybe it sounds boring and cliche, but I’ve learned how much I really do love this city. The people are kind and supportive, and man do they love second-hand clothes.”
This week I put together a gift guide to shopping local! Holiday.ReTales.ca With random links and suggestions from brick and mortar stores across HRM. It is separated by category and list where you can shop online and collect or have delivered to your door