Time to hit the streets of Toronto for all of the bargains!

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9 Places to shop in Toronto for that rare vintage find...

Published August 4th, 2017

Many think that New York and Paris are the meccas of vintage and thrift shop fashion, however, we’re here to tell you that Toronto is a city that not only matches the better-known fashion hubs but surpasses both in terms of the sheer number of well priced and curated vintage stores and thrift shops.

Many of the stores are located in Kensington Market and along Queen Street West in Parkdale with several other gems scattered around the city.These boutiques have a vast range of offerings. So whether you're in the market for a cheap find or designer gem, you surely won’t go home empty handed.

1. Mama Loves You Vintage

541 Queen Street West Perched on the Toronto vintage lovers’ go-to shopping precinct of Queen Street, Mama Loves You Vintage is perfect for one-of-a-kind outerwear alongside a serious collection of silk dresses (this writer picked up a billowing vintage silk number for just $20).



2. Gadabout Vintage Toronto

1300 Queen Street East There are finds from the late 1800’s through to the 1970’s at this treasure trove of a store which doesn’t consider anything later than the 70s to be vintage.



3. Penny Arcade

1177 Dundas Street West “The spacious, low-lit DuWest boutique has something for everyone, from moto jackets and mom jeans to designer LBDs. The owner, Rachel, has a talent for finding pieces that don't feel costumey.” - ELLE Canada


 

Power stance: 70's custom poppy jumpsuit with halter neck, keyhole back and palazzo pants. Size 6-8

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4. Public Butter Vintage

1290 Queen St West One of those vintage stores you really have to dig through to find a killer bargain.



5. In Vintage We Trust

1580 Queen Street West What a great name for a store, right! For anything vintage streetwear; This. Is. your. Store. Though it is only menswear focused, the ladies can defs rock most of the awesome deadstock jerseys and Coogi sweaters sold here.



6. Courage My Love

14 Kensington Avenue From retro barware to OTT costume jewellery, this one really has it all.



7. Sub Rosa Vintage

16 Kensington Ave One of the most eccentric stores on this list, Sub Rosa is nestled in Kensington Market where you’ll be able to find a selection of curated up and coming trends.



8. F as in Frank

418 Queen St West This bomb.com store stocks enough Tommy, CK and Adidas at its Toronto outpost to outfit the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Head to the back of the store for spaghetti-strap mini-dresses and halter tops.


 

#SNAP crop jerseys, check out the story to see each one #repurposed #madeincanada

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9. Stella Luna

1627 Queen St West Owner Crispian Underwood's has a well-curated selection of designer items that match the store’s very reasonable discount prices.


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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.