I’m not sure how I even came across the store Urban Source in Vancouver online, but when I recently traveled to Vancouver, I made a mental note to check it out.
By the time I could carve out a bit of poking around time, I found myself on the way to the airport.
Luckily, though, I had just enough time to pop into Urban Source on my way to catch my flight. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew … I should have come to this store FIRST not last!
The store was filled with material sourced from over 100 industries including off-cuts, discards, misprints and overstocks that would normally be bound for the landfill. It was a cornucopia of inspiration for a magpie like me — and apparently the many designers, artists, teachers, students and daycare workers that frequent this lovely store.
I thoroughly enjoyed my quick look around the store (I had about a half hour) and was able to find some cool pieces to bring home. I particularly loved the way the pieces were displayed: in an organized fashion with tons of enthusiastic labels (actual! amazing! fantastic!) recommending uses for the materials.
Here is a little taste of what I found.
Fragments of maps to use in art, altered books, journals — anything! Check out the price! I swooned!
Transfer foil, calendar fragments, old slides! Sigh.
Every size of tag you could imagine: from wee to shipping. And, some lovely art to display how it could be used.
Lined mini paper bags and library card envelopes. Check out the tag: “Am I the cutest bag of them all?” LOL.
Little farm animals, magnetic letters, powder tempura. Oh, that I would have brought a bigger suitcase!
Too much here to mention! Just so much deliciousness!
Tiny stamps, metal thread, game tiles!
This was the most fun I have had in a store in a long time. It made me wonder if something like this could be viable in every town.
Maybe it was good I came on my way to the airport when I was already (over) packed! I would have definitely needed to pay for an extra container had I found this store early in my trip to Vancouver. Who could resist?