A few weeks ago there was a food truck rally outside of Prospera Place so my mom and I decided to go check out the trucks and get some dinner. Much to my surprise and delight, among the food trucks was a baby blue school bus that turned out to be a mobile boutique. Personally, I’m in love with the idea of a store on wheels so I had to know more. Today I would like to introduce you guys to Perch Travelling Boutique.
Robyn Flinn, the owner of the boutique, has always had a love for fashion, particularly for those vintage, thrifted and one of a kind pieces. She has been collecting clothes for her boutique for years and has now found a way to share those items with customers. The idea of creating a shop on a bus rather than having an actual store front came simply because it allows her the freedom to take her store almost anywhere she wants. This idea is how the name for the shop developed. Like a bird perches in one place for as long as it needs then moves on when it’s ready, so too does this traveling shop.
Robyn really has a great eye for beautiful vintage items. Many of her pieces are unlike any I have seen in the Okanagan, mainly because most of the clothes don’t originate here. Robyn is from California originally so a lot of her clothes come from various places throughout the States. She spends a lot of time at garage sales and estate sales picking through to find the perfect pieces for her shop. She also gets a lot of pieces donated, or buys from customers, but does not do consignment. There’s no room for paperwork on a school bus.
One of the greatest things about Perch is that the prices are so reasonable! A lot of vintage can be insanely pricey, but Perch carries nothing over 80 dollars. I bought my favorite bracelet there for 10 dollars, are a really nice pair of shoes for only 20! If you are in search of those unique, hard to find pieces that do run a bit higher, you can also make an appointment with Robyn and check out some of her items that she doesn’t keep in the bus.
Perch carries mainly women’s clothing, as well as men’s items and some baby clothes too! On top of that, there are some beautiful jewelry pieces and some housewares. There’s a little something to keep everyone occupied!
This bus spends a lot of time at the Penticton farmers market. She also follows many of the local food trucks, and is even open to bringing her business directly to you! You can set up an appointment with her and she will bring her boutique of beautiful clothing to an event or party. Kind of like a Mary Kay party, but better because she won’t bully you into buying anything.