Vintage clothing stores can often be a hit or miss, but there are tons of shops in Toronto that are filled to the brim with amazing one-of-a-kind pieces.
Whether you’re done with fast fashion or you’re just looking for a unique addition to your wardrobe, you’ve got to check out these stores with some of the most coveted vintage finds in the city.
Here is a list of the top vintage clothing stores in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Annex – Common Sort
If you’ve got some vintage clothes you no longer use, head over to Common Sort where you can trade or sell your second-hand clothes. If they decide to purchase any of your pieces, you can choose to get 50% of their marked price in store credit or 25% in cash. Each location is curated by the owner and features vintage finds, as well as almost new designer goods.
Beaches – Pegasus Thrift Store
This Upper Beaches thrift spot has Toronto families in mind with their sales. Their cozy store offers clothes for the whole family, including children’s books, clothing, toys, household items, and kitchenware. Pegasus also accepts used clothing for its thrift shop, and all of the profits made from the store are put toward the Pegasus Community Project for Adults with Special Needs.
Bloorcourt – Siberia Vintage
Bloorcourt’s Siberia Vintage is a carefully curated selection of women’s fashion from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and the entire store is organized by colour. This Bloor St. West shop is full of retro sunglasses, clothes, accessories, shoes, knits, and fur coats. This location showcases both fancy dress ware and casual contemporary pieces.
Brockton Village – CHOSEN Vintage
CHOSEN vintage is all about the clothes, with specially hand-picked vintage items that they say are “CHOSEN with love.” The pieces at this shop are eclectic and funky from cowboy shirts to chunky platform shoes, so you’ll definitely be able to find lots of loud pieces to add to your wardrobe.
Dundas West – Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade has got lots of old-timey pieces, and they even have a $5 rack that frequently boasts some of the best goods in the store. On the whole, Penny Arcade is quite affordable, and a piece usually costs between $15 and $60 depending on the quality, with a few special circumstances like lace up boots for $100. A lot of people head to this Dundas West store for the dresses, which range from 50s frocks to iconically trashy 80s style slips.
Kensington – Sub Rosa Vintage
Of course Toronto’s most eclectic neighbourhood boasts one of the best vintage spots in town. Sub Rosa Vintage has some of the trendiest vintage pieces around from old man style pull overs to high-waisted jeans. At this little shop, you can walk right back into the 90s with their snazzy bomber jackets and sweet graphic tees.
Leslieville – Gadabout
Gadabout has got clothes dating back as early as the 1800s. This traditional vintage store considers anything made after the 70s to be too new for vintage. There’s no beaten up tees or denim at this Leslieville shop, but there are tons of refined pieces you’ll definitely want to add to your closet.
Parkdale – Public Butter
This giant Parkdale shop sells everything from furniture to vintage bikes, with a focus on their giant collection of clothing. Most of their pieces are from the 80s and 90s, so if you’re into vintage sweaters, acid wash jeans and flashy windbreakers, Public Butter is definitely the place for you.
Trinity Bellwoods – I Miss You
I Miss You is full of vintage designer womenswear and other consignment treasures. Some items you might find at this Trinity Bellwoods hot spot include Chanel dresses, Louis Vuitton handbags and Alexander Wang mini skirts. They also have a neighbouring brother store called I Miss You MAN for all of the designer vintage menswear lovers.
Queen West – Black Market
If you haven’t heard of Black Market yet, you’re probably new to the vintage game. This grungy Toronto favourite is home to an expansive warehouse-size basement on Queen West where you’ll find everything from simple graphic tees to plaid shirts and other punk rock staples. This is probably one of the cheapest spots on the list, with flat rates for styles that usually run between $5 and $15 per item.
West Queen West – Garb
This high-end designer men’s and women’s clothing shop is full of great consignment finds. Located just west of Ossington in the heart of West Queen West, this store is definitely a must for high-quality luxury apparel lovers. If you’re looking for designer pieces for a great, or at least better price, most of the items in Garb are between 50% and 75% off the original price.
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