October is Small Business Month! This year, we are working with the amazing project, Talking Shop, to share great stories of local small businesses. Read Talking Shop's article on Upcycle Clothing Collective, a fantastic downtown consignment store.

Celebrating Small Business Month with Talking Shop


Talking Shop is a project to tell the stories of the local owners and entrepreneurs behind your favourite shopfronts, especially as we battle through these difficult times. On the Talking Shop blog, you can find conversations with local small business owners and leaders and news from the industry. The aim of Talking Shop is to create a community of #supportlocal advocates.

Upcycle Clothing Collective

In August, Talking Shop posted “In Conversation with Mackenzie // Upcycle Clothing Collective“. In the article, one of the shop owners, Mackenzie, beautifully responds to questions about the shop, her background, style and fashion, lessons learned, navigating the new normal, and so much more. Scroll on to read a few quotes from the article meant to pique your interest. Better yet, read the whole post right now!

Photos by Michelle Ardiel for Talking Shop


What is Upcycle Clothing Collective?

“Upcycle is a curated consignment shop. We feature contemporary, everyday and vintage wear.” (Keep reading)


Photos by Michelle Ardiel for Talking Shop

Inspiration is all around us. What or who inspires you?

“Other Victoria fashion lovers inspire me! I found myself through style here in Victoria just simply visiting other shops and meeting new people. I am, however, super inspired by Japanese fashion and design. Anything that is made well and is of a great colour is always my inspiration. Another great inspiration that might be obvious is vintage fashion. Creating new ways to wear older trends is a true inspiration for me and this shop.” (Keep reading)





Photos by Michelle Ardiel for Talking Shop

What are some of the hardest lessons you’ve had starting your business? How have you overcome them?

“…I have spent a lot of time finding joy in the little things. I have found that when I focus on the big picture I lose myself. Trying to stay in the moment is hard for anyone, but is so necessary with having a business and also with COVID happening in our lives right now. I kinda like to think of it as ‘I don’t know where I or this shop will be in 5 years so I need to find time to enjoy it now.'” (Keep reading) 





Downtown Victoria’s favourite quote from Mackenzie’s interview:

“I just want to thank anyone who has come into the shop to give me a smile. All the support that Victoria has given me in the past 11 months has been more than I could have hoped for. So this is my way of saying thank you and to keep coming back, even just to say hi!”


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