In with the old

Revival Boutique in Rossland has fresh recycling ideas and quality clothing and accessories

Owner Zabrina Nelson of Revival Boutique stands behind a desk made of over 1,000 recycled books glued together.

Owner Zabrina Nelson of Revival Boutique stands behind a desk made of over 1,000 recycled books glued together. — Madyson Hartwig photo

A new resale boutique in downtown Rossland takes its recycling theme seriously. The front desk at Revival Boutique has been created from repurposed books from the landfill-bound trash at three local libraries. Owner Zabrina Nelson explained that her husband used industrial glue to form the books into a desk.

“I used old doors and sprinkler pipe to build the clothing racks,” said Nelson. “All of the free-standing racks were purchased second-hand as well as all of the furniture in the store.”

The Columbia Avenue boutique collects vintage and retro styles, providing an eclectic mix of old and new clothing, including high-end brand names. Accessories such as jewelry and Lillie & Cohoe hats made in Nelson, B.C., are sold, and the man cave with men’s merchandise is appropriately located in the basement.

There are no consignments—you receive cash up front for your items. And instead of taking cash for your clothing, you can donate it to one of three organizations that the boutique supports: the Youth Action Network in Rossland, Equine Assisted Therapy in Trail and the FAIR Society in Trail. The store will give 50 per cent of the sale price to the organization of your choice.

The grand opening on August 3rd was a huge success, according to Nelson.

“People loved that the concept of the store was around recycling, and we had many compliments,” said Nelson. “I want this store to help lessen the waste in our community.”

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

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