Westdale thrift shop Drop Spot Vintage keeps its stock fresh and sustainable

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Earth Day is behind us, but the climate crisis isn’t going anywhere.

And, Hamilton-natives, Jacob Pennock and David MacMullen have brought together their interest in reselling sneakers and sustainability, and turned it into Drop Spot Vintage, a sustainable thrift store on 895 King St. W.

MacMullen said he and Pennock like to “dabble in whatever is hot” in the fashion industry and provide customers with affordable, vintage and fashion-forward clothing items.

Drop Spot’s apparel is curated around MacMullen’s and Pennock’s style while still following current trends. “It’s kind of like an ever-changing selection, just depending on what the market demands,” said MacMullen. Essentials items like T-shirts and crewnecks are some of Drop Spot’s bestsellers.

Drop Spot’s items are also sold on Grailed, a community marketplace for men’s vintage clothing and on Etsy, another marketplace which connects sellers and buyers. Prices can go from $25 for a vintage American motorcycle T-shirt to $200 for a Grateful Dead vintage T-shirt.

Since opening their business in August 2021, the duo has travelled across Ontario and to the United States to source and sell new items at vintage events.

“I’m going for a trip again in Europe, doing the same type of thing, just curating clothes that the people who live there could care less about, so you can get stuff at really low price points.” said MacMullen.

Drop Spot has attracted local and loyal customers from McMaster, who are always looking into scoring a one-of-a-kind find.

“The students are to be able to get certain pieces of clothing and have a one-stop shop, whether it be shoes or the hats or being able to be creative with their fit designs. It’s something that we’re passionate about personally,” said MacMullen.

A partnership with Red Bull and Hamilton night club Zen Lounge put Drop Spot on the map for its target demographic of young adults. The store hosted a pop-up shop at McMaster’s student centre where they distributed the energy drinks and sold exclusive items at affordable prices.

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