Community Thrift and Vintage is a small second hand store located in Gastown in the heart of downtown Vancouver. There is one store which houses men`s and unisex clothing and another called The Frock Shoppe which is a women’s store. This week was the first time I visited the Community women’s store and it is the only time I am able to say that I was deeply impressed by a thrift store`s first immpression. This place is warm, the people are friendly, the prices are VERY cheap, and the product is all adorable and well taken care of.
I woke up with the sun’s ray on my face and a desire in my heart to be inspired again. I didn’t have to go far when I found myself surrounded by empowering women at the Women’s Expo a couple of hours later. I was given great advice for facial care, make up application, body training, healthy diets, sex, etc. Not all bad but it wasn’t what my heart was thirsting and hungering for. I was looking for something original and unique; one of a kind type of thing.
What is on my mind today Fash Readers? Professionalism and organisation is on my mind and let me tell you why. On Friday, June 15th Victoria Beckham came to the Vancouver Holt Renfrew to say Hi to media and fans, and to promote her new jewelry line to be sold there. Unfortunately, Mrs. Beckham was over 2 hours late to this event and because of this reason I was standing there for almost four hours waiting…
I have been a fan of Victoria Beckham for a while now, mainly since I was ten and made my babysitter wait up for me while I changed to resemble every spice girl and sang to Stop before I would go to bed. You think this would embarass me but actually I am quite proud of it! However I am a true believer in punctuality and organisation of events of a professional nature. Most Vancouver fans believe her to be a Diva now because she did not apologize to us personally, but instead was tweeting about not enjoying the carpet on her private jet. Although I still am a fan of hers I will probably never forget my disappointment during this event. However through all this there was a somewhat silver lining when I got to take a picture with her, she was very sweet to me and I appreciate that immensely. Look below, although it is fairly blurry, this is mainly because of all the crazy fans who were there trampling people in order to receive any type of photo or even to get her to hear their “I LOVE YOU VICTORIA.”
“I’ve been to a few events [at Holt Renfrew], they are usually really organised and over the top [including gifts, etc…], I am very disappointed with it this time around. I am still a fan of Victoria Beckham [and the store], but this is frustrating.”
Courtney Hunter pictured below with a friend waiting to catch a glimpse of one of her idols (about an hour before she shows up).
What I am VERY disappointed in is the team of employees and marketing people at Holt Renfrew for the organisational skills surrounding this event. Not only did they seem to not know what was going on, but when they did refused to talk to any of the fans in the crowd or announce to the whole store that she was coming late… I was very annoyed by this because these large billion dollar companies have a better reputation for there PR teams and attentive hosting during events and special occasions. And on top of everything did not apologize to any of us there or on twitter. All we got from them was a tiny Holt Renfrew bottle of water which did not make anyone who was there since ten o’clock in the morning any happier. I talked to a couple people there that were there for a while and they were not very impressed with the store and especially Victoria Beckham, leaving them feeling completely bored and betrayed.
“It was so not worth the wait, yes, it was exciting once she was there (2 hours late) but by the end of it, I am no longer ever going to an event at Holt Renfrew and never shopping there again. Their pity mini bottled water was more of a slap in the face after standing in one spot for more than 3 hours. For half that time all we heard from them was “10 more minutes,” [meanwhile] Victoria Beckham was sending tweets from customs.”
Jewlee Big Plume, a fan of Victoria Beckham and Holt Renfrew after she had a chance to see the star make her appearance. No photo available.
Although I will continue to respect Victoria Beckham as a mom, a brand, a fashion icon, and a star; I will never forget how I felt when she did not apologize about arriving that late! I will continue to love the store and there hot pink brand but will not forget this event. I will leave it up to you, the readers and consumers, to decide what you think.
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