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Secondhand Smackdown: Canadian Thrift Store vs Value Village

In the Woodbine and Danforth arena, two contenders are battling it out for supremacy. In the northeast corner is relative newcomer Canadian Thrift Store. In the southeast corner is the powerhouse Value Village. I pitted the two against each other to determine the Champion of Cheap.

Round One: Skirts
Canadian Thrift Store: $3.99
Value Village: $5.99 - $7.99
Winner: Canadian Thrift Store

Round Two: Jeans
Canadian Thrift Store: Non designer: $4.99, Calvin Klein: $6.99, Parasuco: $9.99
Value Village: Non designer: $5.99, Calvin Klein: $3.99, Parasuco: $5.99
Winner: Value Village

Round Three: Dresses
Canadian Thrift Store: $4.99 - $7.99
Value Village: $7.99 - $19.99 (most are $9.99)
Winner: Canadian Thrift Store

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Round Four: Shoes
Canadian Thrift Store: $4.99
Value Village: $3.99 - $9.99 (most are $5.99)
Winner: Canadian Thrift Store

Round Five: Boots
Canadian Thrift Store: $5.99 - $8.99
Value Village: $4.99 - $14.99 (leather)
Winner: Canadian Thrift Store

Round Six: Selection
Canadian Thrift Store: Less junk to sift through.
Value Village: Bigger selection makes it more likely to find a gem, plus items are sorted by size.
Winner: Value Village

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Round Six: Deals
Canadian Thrift Store: 50% off everything on Monday March 19th.
Value Village: One stamp for every $5 spent. Collect 10 stamps by April 15th and get 30% off your next purchase.
Winner: Value Village

But wait! Another contender has entered the ring. It's St. John's Thrift Store, just east of Value Village. Can you ever really have too many secondhand stores? With one-stop shopping like this, the real winner is my closet.

Canadian Thrift Store
2110 Danforth Avenue
416-423-6696

St. John's Thrift Store
2155 Danforth Ave
416-698-9848

Value Village
2119 Danforth Avenue
416-698-0621


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