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Cheap Chic: Planet Aid

Posted by Staff / February 24, 2007

When I want to show up at a party wearing something fabulous and yet affordable (which is pretty much always), I head to Planet Aid. My weapon of choice is Planet Aid at Yonge, just south of Wellesley (the Kensington location just doesn't compare), but two new locations have their Grand Openings this weekend: 77 Roncesvalles and Buy the Pound at 480 Parliament.

The first floor of Planet Aid at Yonge and Wellesley has loud funky music and good quality secondhand clothing. I always head straight for the Just Arrived rack. Right now, sweaters are $10 and coats are 50% off but sadly, the trenches that tempted me lacked belts. In some instances, their regular prices are significantly higher than my usual secondhand haunts ($14 for a t-shirt), but the selection is better so I get instant gratification. If it's the day before payday, the $5 rack usually has a gem or two to tide me over. The second floor has vintage and reworked clothing, such as the ketchup dress--perfect for telling your date you want to go slow. There's also a better shoe and boot selection upstairs; today I snapped up a classy pair of brown leather pumps from Town Shoes for $15.

A preview visit to the Buy the Pound location revealed bins and bins full of tangled sweaters, shirts, skirts and coats all for $3 a pound with lots of big names, like Gap, American Eagle and Guess. I scored a brand new Ralph Lauren dress shirt for less than $3. Time-consuming, but satisfies the hunter-gatherer urge.

Planet Aid's website states that it "uses funds raised through the sale of secondhand clothing to supply a financial source to improve people's living conditions in the developing world" although there has been some controversy.

Planet Aid Locations
546 Yonge Street (2nd Floor,sometimes known as Groove 2, has vintage and reworked clothing, )
160 Baldwin St
480 Parliament St (Buy the Pound)
77 Roncesvalles



Nadia / February 25, 2007 at 11:03 am
There's a new Buy the Pound on Parliament??


I <3 pound stores! I have been bereft ever since Goodwill closed the one at Jarvis and Adelaide. Thanks for sharing this!
Nadia / February 25, 2007 at 11:09 am
That last comment got partially eaten, so I'll try one more time:

I <3 pound stores! I have been bereft since Goodwill closed down the old one at Jarvis and Adelaide. Thanks for sharing this!
Jonathan / February 26, 2007 at 11:16 pm
1. Welcome, Susan!

2. Nadia, I have no clue why your comments appeared this way, but please try again?

3. Yeah, OK, but you gotta at least give it up for Amanda at the Kensington location -- lots of fun to talk to in my experience.

Susan Clarke / March 16, 2007 at 12:21 pm
Grrr..I went there again recently and now it's not Buy the Pound, it's $3 a piece. Which is great if you'e buying a heavy coats, but sucks if you want a scarf.
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