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The Best Vintage Clothing Stores in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / February 26, 2014

vintage clothing stores torontoThe 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.

Here are the best vintage clothing stores in Toronto.

See also

10 under-the-radar vintage clothing shops in Toronto
The best vintage and designer handbags in Toronto
8 places to buy vintage eyewear in Toronto
8 stores to buy vintage jewelry in Toronto
The best consignment stores in Toronto
The best vintage furniture stores in Toronto

Courage My Love

Courage My Love

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 »

69 Vintage

69 Vintage

Kealan Sullivan, the woman behind 69 Vintage, is well-known in Toronto's fashion scene for her boundless energy and her awesome wardrobe. That's paralleled in her two Queen West stores, 69 Vintage and its upscale sister boutique, V by 69 Vintage. Both are stocked with a ton of incredible vintage pieces hand-selected by Sullivan herself, and occasionally hand-altered for a modern twist. More »

Black Market Vintage

Black Market Vintage

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

Bungalow

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 »

House of Vintage

House of Vintage

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 »

Public Butter

Public Butter

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 »

Cat's Meow

Cat's Meow

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 »

Cabaret Vintage

Cabaret Vintage

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 »

Bridge + Bardot

Bridge + Bardot

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 »

Penny Arcade Vintage

Penny Arcade Vintage

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

Philistine

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

I Miss You

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 »

Magwood

Magwood

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 »

Chosen Vintage

Chosen Vintage

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 »

Gadabout

Gadabout

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 »

Discussion

22 Comments

Katarina / February 26, 2014 at 10:19 am
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I would put penny arcade first, add mama loves you and finish off with vintage mix 1 on ossington
k replying to a comment from Katarina / February 26, 2014 at 11:11 am
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is that what you would do?
js / February 26, 2014 at 11:16 am
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Glad none of my favourites are on this list. Alll the precioussssssss are miiiiiiiine. =D
picalily replying to a comment from js / February 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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my favourite isn't on this list either...thankfully :)
Ravi Ojilumagapour / February 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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you mean the big 3: goodwill,value village, and the salvation army ?
Colleen / February 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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Philistine moved to a bigger location at 928 Queen St W
vintagegirl / February 27, 2014 at 08:18 am
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this is a great list, but it need a big update. Didn't bridge and bardot close? as did V by 69 vintage. as did bungalow's second location.
Karina Wild / March 11, 2014 at 08:58 am
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Thanks natalia, for the awesome efforts for providing the Best Vintage Clothing Stores in Toronto list.
Karina
Alyssa lemuda / March 12, 2014 at 07:49 am
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Thanks for your list, as I love shopping new things...........
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Holly & Eddie / May 18, 2014 at 09:49 pm
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What a fantastic list you have compiled. If I ever visit Toronto I will make sure to check them out.
Vreesha / June 11, 2014 at 04:11 am
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hi,
thanks for very nice dresses collection and best quality.
Serge Shibitsky / July 27, 2014 at 10:15 am
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I was just at a huge flea market in Brampton, the largest one I've ever been at- Vendors Flea Market, Steeles & airport road.

It's a terrific flea market but no second hand or thrift shop there. It really needs one
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I ran into a store named "Vintage Depot" in the Kensington market. Their address is 70 Kensington ave, Toronto. I think they have 2 other locations in the GTA. They don't quite sell too many "vintage" items but more contemporary second hand used clothing. Although if you take some time digging through, you'll find a piece of vintage gem. Worth a go!
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