Finding true gems while thrift shopping
is often a matter of skill, creativity, and luck. Whether you’re into rummaging or prefer a more curated selection of secondhand or vintage items, here are some of the best and most diverse thrift stores around Toronto
Kind Exchange is not just your standard thrift store. This consignment or resale chain has multiple locations across the city, where you can buy, trade, sell, or donate items. Their emphasis is on fashionable wear with price tags that can range from under $10 to over $60. If you want to sell any of your own clothing, you can get a 30% store credit or 25% cash on the spot.
Multiple locations in Toronto, ON, Canada
St. John’s Thrift Store
Double Take is a large used clothing store on Gerrard Street, just east of Parliament. They offer a large selection of both men’s and women’s clothing, in addition to household items. The store is also an employment initiative, where those who have barriers to regular employment can work and receive training.
Double Take, 310 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 925 7198
Saint Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul’s Store and Warehouse, located in Etobicoke, offers a massive thrift adventure. Despite all of its racks of donated clothes and other used goods, the store is well organized and accessible. Like Double Take, St. Vincent de Paul has a social mission as well, and there are locations across the province of Ontario.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Store and Warehouse, 60 Newcastle St, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, +1 416 503 2472
Courage My Love
Courage My Love
If you’re more interested in pre-selected secondhand items, you can’t miss this Kensington Market mainstay. Around since the 1970s, Courage My Love has a definite hippie vibe, and you can find a range of relatively cheap vintage items—from clothing to jewelry and boots—along with exotic beads and other knick-knacks. There are even some retro furnishings available for purchase, mainly in the form of groovy lamps with exotic shades.
While you’re in Kensington, you can also check out the nearby Sub Rosa Vintage, which also carries great trendy finds from clothing to shoes and jewelry.
Courage My Love, 14 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 979 1992
Located in Parkdale on West Queen West, Public Butter has been around since 2008. The store offers everything you ever wanted in vintage, from furniture to clothing, games, belts, hats, dolls, and far more. They also maintain an impressive collection of silkscreen shirts.
Public Butter, 1290 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 535 4343
Penny Arcade Vintage
Penny Arcade Vintage, found on Dundas West near Ossington, is a charming treasure trove of items that are hand-selected by founder Rachel Sheehan and restored by their in-house seamstress. There’s a range of clothing for men, women, and children, as well as art and antiques that decorate this welcoming space. Penny Arcade also carries a number of products that range from ethically produced swimwear to organic skin care.
Penny Arcade Vintage, Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 346 1386
Black Market Vintage
Black Market Vintage
Black Market Vintage has been around for almost 40 years. From the outside, the storefront, located on Queen West, is almost unnoticeable. But once you go down into the lair-like basement space, you’ll find yourself immersed in 7,000 square feet (650 square meters) of vintage and alternative clothing, all for $10 or less. They frequently have flash sales of $5 or even $1, and you can dig your way through denim, lumberjack shirts, screen Ts, studded belts and bracelets, and woolen items to your heart’s content, knowing that you’re hardly making a dent in your budget.
Black Market Vintage, 256 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 599 5858
Value Village, Bloor/Lansdowne
Value Village is the main thrift chain in Toronto these days, and there are multiple locations across the GTA and beyond. The outlet on Bloor, just steps from the Lansdowne subway station, is particularly noteworthy, however, for being impressively big and carrying endless secondhand items, from clothing to furniture, books, household items, décor, and more.
Value Village, 1319 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 539 0585