The Best Vintage Clothing Stores in Toronto
The best vintage clothing stores in Toronto have helped city get a reputation as a secondhand mecca. Scattered all over the city from Kensington Market, Parkdale, and beyond, these boutiques have a vast range of offerings. So whether you're in the market for a cheap find or designer gem, you're sure to catch the thrill of the hunt at any of these destinations.
Here are the best vintage clothing stores in Toronto.
Courage My Love is a Kensington Market landmark - it's the bright blue house with naked pink mannequins chilling on top. The selection is eclectic and fills the long and narrow space to the brim with truly one-of-a-kind treasures. I remember getting my first pair of multicoloured cowboy boots and a chainmail tank top here.
Parkdale's Public Butter is home to many cheap thrills; I've waltzed in on several occasions and left with a handful of unique, affordable clothes from both the men's and women's sections (including a leather-padded hunting jacket and metallic copper pants for a total of $35). In addition to its selection of (mostly) 80s and 90s gear, its sells furniture, houseware and bikes.
With a stylish, diary-esque digital presence and a bricks-and-mortar that's essentially a creative assault to the senses, this Parkdale shop is feature an excellent melange of vintage and new brands. A flurry of colours, prints and textures awaits the curious visitor who generally won't spend more than $50 on any item.
If you're into vintage designer womenswear, I Miss You on Ossington will blow your mind. The space is teeming with consignment treasures, including well-preserved Chanel handbags, Cartier jewellery and Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses. Plus, I Miss You MAN is just next door, for any designer menswear devotees.
Dundas West's Chosen Vintage could easily pass for a trendy womenswear boutique. But, upon closer inspection, the minimalistic slips, leather ankle boots, and overalls are actually one-offs from the 80s or 90s. This cozy space always has a good helping of ironically au courant vintage.
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