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50% Off Sale

Hi Friends,

We’re having a sale! If you don’t need any more information than that, CLICK HERE to check it out. For anyone else sticking around, let me tell you why we decided to have a sale. But first, I need to remind you that we still have FREE shipping within Canada and we have our express window open Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:30 for curbside pick up and sale of masks, goggles and face coverings

Okay so why are we putting stuff on sale? This pandemic has given us the opportunity to re-assess the business, our goals and our brand. Alternative clothing designed and handmade in Vancouver has always been at the core of Venus & Mars. Most of our stock is designed by Sanne (the owner) and made by Sanne and the staff, most but not all. We want to transition to exclusively carrying locally handmade clothing. 

You may be wondering why. There’s lots of reasons. First, we can control what we make. We know what the quality will be. We know how the garment will look and fit. Second, we have control over when we can have it in the store or more control. We can’t control what our suppliers have in stock or when they will ship it. If we make it, we know how quickly we can have it in the store. If all our black cloaks sell out the last week of September then we can make more and have them ready for sale in time for Halloween. Third, the fact that we make the clothing makes us special. It’s kind of nice to know exactly where your clothing comes from and it’s even nicer that you can say hi to the lady who designed it. 

So we decided to put our imported items on sale for 50% off. We’re starting with corsets, waist cinchers, skirts and dresses. We’ll roll out more in the next couple of weeks. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on sale. What do you think of our decision? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Pick Up Window

Hi friends,

Happy May! How is everyone doing? We hope you’re staying safe and staying happy. Everyone on the VM team and their families are all doing well. Let’s get the business out of the way. The store is still closed but our online shop is open 24/7 with free shipping within Canada. We’re making face masks out of all of your favorite fabrics and we’re donating a mask to healthcare workers for every mask sold. We started an affiliate program where you get a code for 15% off to give to your friends and family and for every purchase made with your code, you get $5 in store credit (DM us on Instagram if you’re interested). Phew, now that’s out of the way here’s something new.

We miss your faces and we’ve noticed that a lot of restaurants have pick up windows. It made us think, what if we had a pick up window? Like a lot of restaurants, we’d have to operate on a  limited menu. We’re going to start with having face masks, 3 in 1 tube scarves, veils, bandanas and goggles available. For hygienic reasons, we can’t let you try them on or handle them too much but you would be able to take a look at the product in person and get your mask right away instead of having to wait for it to come in the mail. We will only be accepting debit and credit as payment. The window will be open Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:30 to start. We’ll increase hours if the demand is there. We’ll also be available for curbside pickup of online orders if you want your goodies quicker than Canada Post will deliver them.

What do you think of our new plan? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Stay safe. Drink lots of water. We’ll get through this together.

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Online Costume Party!

Hi friends,

We just quickly wanted to say thank you for your continued support right now. We’re making new Face Masks all the time to keep up with demand. As you may or may not know we end up with remnants of fabric that are too small for waistcoats or skirts but too big to justify throwing away. This has been a great way for us to give purpose to that fabric and reduce waste. It has also allowed us to extend our charity to healthcare heroes. We are donating a mask for every mask sold and thanks to you, we are in the process of donating 42 masks to Abbotsford Hospital so that healthcare workers have something to wear grocery shopping or to offer to patients therefore saving surgical masks for their intended purpose. Thank you so much for helping us make that possible. You rock!

We’re coming up on a month of practicing self-isolation. Some of you have been at it even longer than that. The cabin fever is setting in. We miss our friends and being able to wear fabulous outfits to fabulous parties but we have to stay strong and keep up the social distancing. Going out now will make everything worse and we’d be putting a lot of people at risk. We could easily overwhelm the healthcare system if there was a spike in COVID-19 cases. Nobody wants that. But still, we really miss dressing up and dancing. If only there was some way of doing that at home…

Oh wait, there is! It’s so important to take guidelines seriously but it’s also incredibly important to do silly things at home so everything doesn’t feel doom and gloom all the time. What we propose is having a costume dance party over Skype or Zoom. Come up with a theme. Make cocktails or mocktails. Play some good dance music and party with your pals.  Here’s some ideas:

  1. Steampunk Party – Research Victorian cocktails and see if you can make them with stuff you have at home. Play some electro-swing. Put on your favorite corset and waistcoat and see if you can party like it’s 1899.
  2. Vampire Party – Dim the lights, light the candles. Play some Bauhaus (if you’re a modern vampire) or maybe some Bach if you’re an Anne Rich vampire. Wear a poet shirt and frock coat and pour yourself some red wine. Be sexy and forlorn. 
  3. Psychedelic Rainbow Party – Wear sparkly leggings and prism goggles. Listen to electronic music.Turn the lights on and off really fast to simulate a strobe light. 

Do you have any other online, social distancing party ideas? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We really appreciate your continued support during this time. Thank you so much for every purchase, follow, share and like. It makes a difference. If you know someone who needs online party ideas please direct them to our website!

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Where do the Weirdos go to dance in Vancouver?

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Where do the Weirdos go to Dance?

Blah its March tomorrow. Festival Season hasn’t started yet. There are no fun conventions. Vancouver has a bit of a reputation of being a no fun city, especially when it comes to clubs and dancing. There are, of course, the mainstream pop music clubs on Granville street. But where are you supposed to go if you don’t want to hang out with the jocks? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Descent

Descent is Vancouver’s Goth night. It takes place the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Red Room. Founded in August, 2007, Descent provides a chill environment for the city’s Goth weirdos to dance and drink in peace. There is no dress code but you are encouraged to wear whatever you want to express yourself. The music is good, the cover is cheap and everyone is pretty friendly.  Throw on a black frock coat and some dark jeans and go dance the night away. 

Galaxion

Galaxion is your place to drink, dance and game. Heavily inspired by 80s pop culture, Galaxion takes place on the first Saturday of every month at the Astoria. Dance the night away to 80s classics, New Wave, Synthpop, Hip Hop and Post Punk. Don’t feel like dancing? Check out some of the retro arcade games set on free play. It’s the perfect place to rock some rainbow sparkle leggings

Sin City

Sin City is Vancouver’s longest running fetish party. It takes place on the second Saturday of every month (plus a couple other bonus parties) at various venues. If you’ve never been to a fetish party before don’t be scared! Sin City is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the life style and other weirdos with similar interests. There is a dance floor or if you’re feeling spicy then you can check out the dungeon. Sin City has a fetish dress code to keep the normies out. We suggest starting your outfit with a corset

I know it can seem hopeless when you’re passing the Lamp Lighter on a Saturday night but there are really cool events and venues you can find in Vancouver if you look hard enough. These are just a few examples. Did I miss anything? Where do you like to hang out on the weekend? Let me know on on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

What is Fan Expo?

Fan Expo is the place to be if you’re a fan of anything pop culture. Whether you love movies, cosplay, books, comics or toys Fan Expo is the event for you! There are vendors with everything your geeky little heart could desire. The artists alley is to die for. And there’s celebrities! Are you a The Mummy? Brendan Fraser will be there. How about The Addams Family? Then you better go say hi to Christina Ricci. Evil Dead? Bruce Campbell will sign your DVD. Love The Goonies? Corey Feldman will be there. And if you ever grew up watchingX-Files, you’d better get a pass to come say hi to William B. Davis. This is our eight year vending at the Fan Expo. It’s one of our favourite events to do and we are so excited to come back in 2020. 

When/ Where is Fan Expo?

Vancouver Fan Expo will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center. It will take place Saturday February 15th from 10am to 7pm, Sunday February 16th  from 10am to 5 pm and Monday February 17th from 10am to 5pm. Tickets start at $30 for a one day pass and go up to $229 for a three day VIP pass online. At the door only single day and family passes will be available and only while supplies last. 

Should you go?


This event is for you if you belong to pretty much any fandom. I guarantee that you’ll meet someone who shares your passion. Have you ever wanted to make a cosplay? Fan Expo is a great place to try it out. You get to be inspired by people who have been cosplaying for years and share the joy of your fandom with people you are just starting out. You’ll probably pick up some tricks of the trade while you’re there. If you don’t want to dress up that’s cool too! You’ll see lots of people in casual attire just enjoying the atmosphere. You should come check it out!

Show us your cosplay! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or use the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing so that we can check out your hard work!