INSANITY! People go wild for the F As In Frank $10 Fill-A-Bag sale (PHOTOS)

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People line up in the alleyway behind F As In Frank/Photo: Lauren Sundstrom

Throngs of people lined up around the block this morning to get their hands on some vintage clothes for cheap at F As In Frank’s $10 Fill-A-Bag sale.

People fill up a blue plastic bag as full as they can with vintage clothing for just $10, and they’re limited to two bags per person.

Line-ups stretched around the block/Photo: Lauren Sundstrom

Line-ups stretched around the block (Photo: Lauren Sundstrom / Vancity Buzz)

The bi-annual sale has grown in popularity over the years, with last year’s sale seeing more than 4,000 people rummaging through piles of vintage clothes.

A group of people play cards to pass the time. They've been waiting in line since 7:30 a.m./Photo: Lauren Sundstrom

A group of people play cards to pass the time. They’ve been waiting in line since 7:30 a.m. (Photo: Lauren Sundstrom / Vancity Buzz)

Clothes were literally flying as people dug through the stacks looking for those perfect vintage pieces to add to their collections.

Clothes flew as people scoured the selection/Photo by Lauren Sundstrom

Clothes flew as people scoured the selection (Photo: Lauren Sundstrom / Vancity Buzz)

From left to right: Charlotte, Shoni-qua and Kevin had started waiting in line at 1:30 a.m./Photo: Lauren Sundstrom

From left to right: Charlotte, Shoni-qua and Kevin had started waiting in line at 1:30 a.m. (Photo: Lauren Sundstrom / Vancity Buzz)

Charlotte, Shoni-qua and Kevin were first in line and had been there since 1:30 a.m.

The sale didn’t start until a little past 10:30 a.m.

“We played Monopoly to pass the time,” they told Vancity Buzz.

As unglamorous as sifting through piles of clothes on the ground might seem, it’s all about the hunt, getting a bargain and, most importantly, reducing, reusing and recycling.

“It’s about having a small carbon footprint and keeping as much clothing out of the landfills as possible. This is just another step in maintaining our goals,” said co-owner Jesse Heifetz.

The presentation is less than glamourous, but there are hidden treasures to be found/Photo: Lauren Sundstrom

The presentation is less than glamourous, but there are hidden treasures to be found (Photo: Lauren Sundstrom / Vancity Buzz)

Even though the sale only happens twice a year, Heifetz said they’re planning on starting to sell per-pound vintage clothing in the back of the store, where you can purchase clothes by weight year-round.

“You’ll have a minimum one pound purchase, and we’re aiming to have it going by July 1,” he said.

Christine Singh, left, and Alicia George, right, show off their goods/ Photo: Lauren Sundstrom

Christine Singh, left, and Alicia George, right, show off their goods (Photo: Lauren Sundstrom / Vancity Buzz)

Christine Singh and Alicia George said they scored some great clothes, but it took some planning.

“It’s nerve-racking. It’s like a free-for-all, basically,” said George.

“You have to have a strategy. Have a game-plan before going in,” added Singh.

And if that wasn’t enough, there was a barbecue, music and free snapback hats thrown off the roof to the eager crowd.

An employee cooks hotdogs and veggie dogs in front of the store on Main Street/Photo: Lauren Sundstrom

An employee cooks hotdogs and veggie dogs in front of the store on Main Street (Photo: Lauren Sundstrom / Vancity Buzz)

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