Secondhand Chic: 10 Toronto Vintage Stores to Get Fab Finds
The secret of most Torontonian style mavens? Our vintage stores. Aside from being an affordable way to shop, vintage shopping in Toronto is sure to refresh your wardrobe, draw attention and earn you points on Queen West.
A great second hand outfit can make you feel like a million bucks – even if you only spent $10. Here are 10 of the city’s best bets for vintage finds.
Courage My Love
With stock ranging from exotic costume jewelry to repurposed dresses to retro barware, Courage my Love offers the experience of being inside a bohemian fashionista’s tickle trunk. Since 1975, a devoted following has enjoyed losing track of time scouring this eccentric mix of merchandise.
14 Kensington Avenue | 416-979-1992 | ILoveCourageMyLove.com
Thrill of the Find
Specializing in European labels (think: Prada, Gucci, and Chanel), this women’s vintage clothing boutique is named after the feeling of finding that perfect piece in the racks. Lifelong collector Mireille Watson prides herself on her selection of high quality, well cut, designer dresses, skirts, and jackets. It won’t take long to find your thrill in this well laid out Leslieville shop.
1172 Queen Street East | 416-461-9313 | ThrillOfTheFind.com
Filled from floor to ceiling with a vibrant selection of clothing, accessories, and eccentric curiosities from the late 1800’s through to the 1970’s, Gadabout is a one-stop-shop for creative vintage wardrobe add-ons. If sifting through crates, bins and racks is your game, Gadabout is sure to offer you an afternoon of fun and finds.
1300 Queen Street East | 416-463-1254 | GadaboutVintage.com
Penny Arcade Vintage
For those whose fashion idols include icons like Patti Smith or Debbie Harry circa 1975, Penny Arcade will not disappoint. Offering a curated selection of used, vintage and consignment for rockers at heart, the clothing racks here are all killer, no filler. The minimal décor, no-nonsense store layout, and friendly service make Penny Arcade’s higher price point well worth it.
1177 Dundas Street West | 647-346-1386 | PennyArcadeVintage.com
Black Market Vintage
Be beckoned in by the “$10$ for everything (yes everything!)” sign outside and head down to the basement haunt that is Toronto’s pioneering vintage store. Called the “punk rock granddaddy of second hand stores,” The Black Market started off as a collection of pop-up shops in 1980 and grew into the 7,000 square-foot megawarehouse that brings surplus, vintage T’s, and alt-poetry chapbooks under one roof.
256a Queen Street & John Street | 516-599-5858 | BlackMarketToronto.com
For the offbeat bride-to-be, Cabaret Vintage offers a high-end selection of vintage wedding dresses to fit styles from bohemian to full-on-flapper. The decadent little boutique is all about timeless elegance, from the velvet draped dressing rooms to the plush Victorian loveseats for your kin. Cabaret Vintage is also equipped to outfit the groom with a jacket, blazer, tie and cufflinks.
672 Queen Street West | 416-504-7126 | CabaretVintage.com
Love vintage but hate rummaging? 69 Vintage is a well-organized treasure trove of expertly curated clothing. Here, on the trendy Ossington strip between Dundas and Queen, you’ll find fashions and accessories worn by local icons like Emily Haines – and no second-hand-store smell.
1100 Queen Street West | 416-516-0669 | 69Vintage.com
House of Vintage
A can’t-miss stop on Queen West for designer junkies, House of Vintage keeps a vast selection of furs, boots, bags and frocks in a spacious Parkdale warehouse. Testament to his eye for fashion, owner Dennis Adamis launched a second store in London, England a few years ago, which has been thriving ever since.
1239 Queen Street West | 416-535-2142 | HouseOfVintage-Toronto.Blogspot.ca
I Miss You Vintage
One of Toronto’s more upscale vintage stores, I Miss You Vintage houses an elegant selection of cocktail dresses and women’s clothing from the 60’s and 70’s. If you’re looking for the perfect dress for a fab event, this is the place to find it, along with a matching pair of kitten heels.
63 Ossington Avenue | 416-916-7021 | Facebook.com/IMissYouVintage
This tiny hole-in-the-wall boutique in Parkdale is as well-loved as it is unassuming. In a space no bigger than Carrie Bradshaw’s walk in closet are dynamic, fashion-forward vintage pieces in brands like D&G, Allan Cherry, Holt Renfrew, and more. Savvy and chatty owner Crispian Underwood will help you find what you want, and be totally honest about how it looks.
1627 Queen Street West | 416-536-7300
Toronto’s vintage stores not only offer a way to find fantastic souvenirs for low prices, but also a one of a kind day out. Shop like a local. Shop vintage!