The Best Vintage Clothing Stores in Toronto
The best vintage clothing stores in Toronto are the absolute cream of the crop in a city that's earning itself an international reputation as a secondhand mecca. There's a reason for that - there's great vintage shopping to be found in all corners of Toronto (though Kensington Market, Dundas West, and West Queen West remain reliable hot spots).
The sites that made it onto this list represent the city's most reliable sources of fantastic, one-of-a-kind finds. Depending on where you go, there's a price point for every budget (from "change I dug up from the couch" to "brown-bagging it for a month, and I'm not even upset about it"). That perfect leather jacket/sequined dress/pair of badass boots is out there waiting for you - start your search here.
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Even among its two-dozen-or-so peers in Kensington Market, Courage My Love stands out. In addition to always-reasonable prices on fancy vintage pieces for women and men, there's a great $5 rack out front, a wide selection of jewelry, a station full of buttons (for all your DIY needs), and even a couple of reconstructed vintage pieces. More »
It's music to our ears - "Everything for $10". This long-running vintage mega-mart, located in a basement at Queen and John, is home to some fantastic deals (look for the signs posted outside) on everything from dresses to denim jackets to odds and ends like bandannas, pins and sunglasses. You may have to sift through the stock for little while longer, but the deals are more than worth it. More »
Bungalow's two stores occupy some prime Kensington Market real estate, just south of College on Augusta; they set themselves apart with their swanky '70s aesthetic and selection of awesome vintage furniture (hello, teak credenzas). The clothes themselves are a mix of new boutique labels and reasonably-priced secondhand and vintage pieces. More »
The onetime Queen St. vintage haunt has thrived for the past four years in Parkdale. It's a can't-miss destination for designer hounds and those with a flair for the dramatic. There are vintage name-brands (Dior, Burberry) and fancy dresses aplenty, in addition to tons of vintage boots, leathers and furs. More »
It's the sister store to Black Market, but Parkdale's Public Butter is its own beast. The selection is a bit more well-edited, and the space isn't as sprawling, but the solid deals on vintage tees, leather jackets and sequined dresses remain. (Also, they sell vintage bikes in the summertime! Bikes!) More »
If you want your vintage to come with a designer label attached, Cat's Meow is the spot for you. Vintage Chanel and Dior are reasonably frequent sights at this consignment boutique (take note - they also stock modern pieces). You may not find deals by vintage-clothing standards, but compared to full price? Absolutely. More »
If Roman Holiday had included a scene inside princess Audrey Hepburn's closet, it probably would have looked an awful lot like Cabaret. The beloved Queen West boutique features a parade of gorgeous candy-coloured vintage dresses dating back as early as the '20s. If you've got a major occasion to dress for, Cabaret is a can't-miss destination. More »
It's the new kid on the block, but this airy Dundas and Ossington boutique has earned itself plenty of accolades since opening in 2012. The vintage is both well-picked and well-priced, with tons of items under $50. It's nicely offset by a selection of handmade local accessories. More »
A perennial favourite of in-the-know vintage shoppers, Dundas West's Penny Arcade stocks a mix of low-priced steals (including a solid $5 rack) and fancy frocks that hover closer to the $100 mark. Another draw is their wide selection of deadstock glasses. More »
Philistine began life as an online vintage store though they've since expanded to include lines like BB Dakota and Alternative Apparel, the owners complement the new stock with a selection of men's and women's vintage, including '70s and '80s poly dresses, a ton of fantastic boots, and a pretty impressive collection of leather/suede shorts. Formerly in Parkdale, they've recently relocated to Queen and Shaw. More »
I Miss You isn't limited only to vintage, but all the older pieces you'll find at this designer consignment store will likely be a high-end brand, absolutely to die for, or both. They stock clothing and accessories from the '60s onward, including a couple of bona fide steals mixed in with the big-ticket items. More »
No matter what decade (or century) a piece at Magwood piece is from, it's bound to be gorgeous. Owner Sarah Magwood hand-selects everything for her eponymous upscale-vintage boutique, from Victorian lace to '70s and '80s pieces, with more than a few designer labels (from the likes of YSL and Versace) among them. More »
There's a strong '80s and '90s bent to West Queen West's Chosen. You'll find all the stompy boots, slip dresses and badass jackets you need to channel your inner Melissa auf der Maur (or Cher from Clueless, if that's more your thing). More »
Leslieville's Gadabout has become a permanent fixture on Toronto best-in-vintage lists for its selection of '70s-and-older pieces, including some as far back as the turn of the century. Glamour's the order of the day here (as their 'no denim or T-shirts' policy might illustrate). The selection also extends to menswear, fabrics, and other vintage odds and ends. More »