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Fashion Stores


Posted by Staff / Posted on May 23, 2007

Contributed by Jaime Kawamoto

I admit to not having the patience for vintage shopping. Scouring through crammed racks of dubiously cared for hand-me-downs while inhaling the intoxicating odour of mothballs and decade old sweat is not my idea of a good time.

Thankfully, there are places like Bungalow. Located in the north end of Kensington Market, they carry a mixture of vintage and newer items in a brightly light and well organized store. They also have furniture and home décor pieces like a gorgeous Art Deco ashtray ($30) that made we want to take up smoking again.

The layout is simple: one side for boys, one for girls. The first stop for me is always the centre rack. This time of year it holds beautiful summer dresses. I fell in love with a ruffled 60's frock ($35) but didn't quite fill it out. There was a flowery Ann Taylor halter ($30) that won me over though.

Tank tops and shirts are a particular weakness of mine. I found the perfect checkered Ralph Lauren short sleeve blouse for only $12 and a rather daringly cut 60's tank for $10.

Bungalow also has an excellent assortment of jeans. They stock everything from American Eagle to Paper, Cloth and Denim at great prices. Just be sure to read the tag inside the women's pants. Some are measured to the hips, others the waist. I had a scary moment when I got the two mixed up!

The men's side of the store has some great finds too. I loved the wall of t-shirts, each bearing its own slogan. There are the odd "labels" (Abercrombie & Fitch plays a pivotal role) but if you want to show your affection for brunettes or Pepsi, there are a lot of unique choices. I was also charmed by a buttery brown leather jacket ($50) with a classic ruggedness.

I am a shopper with strong opinions and my own style so I adore the laid back staff. Nobody tried to push a blouse on me to match the rosy mini that went with nothing I had picked out. I also never had more than three hangers before someone whisked them away to a change room. The staff is attentive without being pushy which is a rare find. Talking to one sales associate, I mentioned my issues with vintage shopping.

"We don't overstock the racks and everything is cleaned before it goes on display," she told me proudly. This makes it so much easier to actually see the clothes when flipping through the racks. And the neutral smell means I'm not fighting for air after five minutes. The store is so inviting and visually appealing I felt free to spend time and money.

I shop vintage to find pieces that are distinctively me. Bungalow is always up on the latest fashion trends without forsaking the timelessness of true style. And I always have the patience for style.



Shopper / February 7, 2011 at 11:48 am
The collection is ok, but the staff are rude. Thus making it a skippable vintage store.
Welshgrrl / February 7, 2011 at 03:38 pm
I found the staff to be quite frendly, both at Bungalow and Bungalow West - great deals, and the clothing is both well organized and clean
kensingtonbypasser / April 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm
The collection wasn't pretty, although everything was organized in a good manner. The girl who was working there today seemed extra friendly. However, the prices are WAY overpriced and again not pretty.
Alexa D'Argenio / March 2, 2012 at 05:17 pm
My name is Alexa D'Argenio and I am a Producer for Cineflix Productions. We are working on a new show; created by the Producers of the hit TV shows “Canadian Pickers” and “American Pickers". This new show, tentatively titled “Top Collector” will be a competition TV show, as several teams will set out in pursuit of the BEST PICK, ultimately earning the title of Top Collector!
We are currently casting for Canadian "Picking Partners"- two people that pick together at flea markets, yard sales, barns, sheds, etc. We are looking for people that are charismatic, knowledgeable about collecting, know how to spot hidden treasures, and flip items for profit. Pickers who specialize in collecting items such as vintage toys, oil and gas memorabilia, pop culture items, cast iron, TV & movie memorabilia, and other interesting and unique items!

If there is anyone you think might be interested in entering the competition and being a part of this show, we would love to hear from them! I am also attaching a flyer that you can post on your website, Facebook page, etc. or distribute as you see fit.

For more information or to APPLY to be on the show, please email me at
barbara replying to a comment from Shopper / December 4, 2012 at 01:38 pm
I have been collecting vintage clothes for years and am selling them off this weekend....if you are interested in attending my party ....please e-mail me

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