The best cheap designer clothing stores in Toronto
Cheap designer clothing in Toronto is everywhere - provided you know where (or when) to look. Toronto's consignment stores are a huge trove of designer scores - the time served by that 3.1 Phillip Lim dress in someone else's closet can translate to major savings for you.
Here are the top 10 stores for cheap designer clothing in Toronto.
A relative veteran on the Dundas West style strip, VSP stocks smashing secondhand goods with a careful eye. For discerning bargain hunters, that means pieces from the likes of Céline, Balmain, Hérmes and Prada marked down as far as 80%. (Mind you, that still leaves some items in the four-figure zone.)
This Queen West consignment store is a favourite spot for those looking to ditch – and replace – their designer duds. You can find luxury bags from the likes of Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, YSL, Givenchy and lesser-known celeb cult favourites like Les Petit Jouer. FY's shoe collection includes many red soles for you Louboutin fans – and nearly everything is 40-60% off retail.
Like its sister store Winners, Marshalls can pack a pretty solid punch in the discount designer department. I found a large Proenza Schouler PS1 bag there for less than a grand last year. Not much less, but they usual retail for $2,600. You can also score designer jeans from the likes of Hudson, J Brand, Citizens of Humanity and Paige, but only if you're fortunate enough to find a pair in your size. Good luck.
Launched in 1937 as "The St. Regis Room" back when The Bay's Queen St. location was still Simpsons Department Store, this is one of the city’s most storied spots to buy designer goods. It's normally pretty pricey, but the Room's sales are the stuff of legend. When things go on markdown, they go on markdown. Late summer and winter are prime sales season; for some real high-octane treasure hunting, wait for their August and January sales at the Arcadian Court building at Bay and Bloor, where you can find Erdem and Thakoon for up to 80% off.
Originally just a Leslieville staple, this cool-kid consignment brand has tripled its footprint across the city with the addition of stores in Parkdale and The Annex in recent years. You can buy high-end labels, like Miu Miu and Escada at stunning prices here – and it’s a co-ed shop. They sell designer duds for dudes and ladies alike. Everything is in excellent condition, luxury brand or not, and they’ll also buy your fashionable second-hand clothes if you’re looking to rotate the ol’ wardrobe a bit.
Sure, it's home to plenty of no-name sweaters and juniors-sized jeans, but the discounted "Runway at Winners" pieces step up the thrill of the hunt in a major way. Twice a year, in late summer and late winter, Winners' designer offerings are unleashed upon the masses in a Runway sale event; there's everything from Pink Tartan and Theory right up to Marni and Givenchy. Designer pieces seem to hang around longest at the College Park and Bloor locations; other hot spots include Queen and Portland, Lawrence and Bathurst and Leaside.
You may need a little luck and patience to get to the designer gold at this T.O. chain of consignment stores, but the steals are worth it. Kind Exchange’s Yonge and Eglinton store seems to get the lion's share of the big-ticket items, but killer finds also pop up frequently at the company’s two Queen Street West stores – including a Marni necklace I once traded for $99 worth of closet castoffs. For up-to-the-minute info, follow their Instagram account; the store's staff will put up some of the most exciting new finds.
A recent transplant to Yonge and St. Clair, Haute Classics focuses on barely-worn designer pieces -- from the last three years or newer. That means one of the largest stashes of gently-used designer bags in the city, with Balenciaga, Vuitton and Miu Miu among the offerings, as well as reams of used denim. Prices start in the low hundreds, on average.
This small boutique at Jane and Annette, helmed by former Holt's buyer Nadia Trelle, has played host to plenty of Louboutins, Hermes scarves, and Chanel bags (all of them authentic, thanks to her keen buyer's eye), with a couple of mid-range brands mixed in. Check the store's Twitter feed for new buys.
This North York boutique is a designer-driven fashion head's budget conscious dream. With a mix of obscure vintage, popular contemporary brants like Marc Jacobs, and pure classics such as Chanel, Prada and Coach, the collection here is finely curated by self-described “picky” owner Vanessa Stein. I spied with my little eye a pair of Christian Louboutin kitten heels for less than $300 dollars here recently, which is pretty insane for Loubs – even of the tiny-heeled variety.
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