What goes around comes around, and last century’s hottest styles are now gracing the fashion scene decades later. Among the many vintage stores that can be found around Toronto, here are a few of the best of the best that the trendiest Torontonians are hitting up.
Mama Loves You Vintage
Would you ever want to start a business with your mom? Well, the ultimate mother-daughter duo runs Mama Loves You Vintage (whose cute title now makes a lot of sense) and is still going strong. For those whose style is more eclectic and retro, Mama Loves You has clothes from all spectrums of the rainbow in a variety of crazy prints. Perfect for some funky pieces to add to anyone’s wardrobe!
For hip and cool fashion finds check out 69 Vintage. Established in 2004 by Kealan Sullivan, this well-known vintage shop provides customers with the perfect place to snag the coolest stand-out pieces that every wardrobe needs. Sure worth the trip to Queen West for vintage fur jackets or staple jeans, which will set you apart from the crowd. Open Tues to Sun 1pm – 8 pm
Vintage Depot describes exactly what the store is. With endless racks of any vintage item you could possibly need to add to your wardrobe, they have it all. Not just limited to clothing, the Depot has an expansive variety of shoes, including high heels in basically every color of the rainbow! You might even find some famous designer brands hidden in the store. Open in Kensington Mon to Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun 11 am – 6 pmOpen on Bloor Mon to Fri 11 am – 8 pm, Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun 11 am – 6 pmOpen on Danforth Mon to Fri 11 am – 9 pm, Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun 11 am – 6 pm
Proper care of vintage items is always a must because of their age, and Penny Arcade Vintage makes sure that their pieces are always at their best and as stellar as they were back in their day. The shop clearly sets quality and care of their products very high on their priority list, which is definitely a plus when it comes to second-hand clothing! In addition to vintage clothes, they also have a variety of ethically-produced products that fit across the board! Open Mon to Sun 12 pm – 7 pm
If you’re looking for an outfit from head to toe, 96 Tears Vintage can help you out. Providing customers with both vintage finds as well as locally made clothing, they mix something old and something new into the perfect blend. Whether your style is more minimalist, or you have a penchant for funky pieces to spice up your wardrobe, 96 Tears Vintage is well worth the visit.
For your not-just-vintage needs, Philistine is the perfect stop. Carrying both men and women’s fashions from decades both old and new, as well as other fun accessories and lifestyle items, pieces here are perfect for both lounging and a night out on the town.
At Siberia Vintage, it’s a blast into the past with bright t-shirts, chunky sweaters, and everything denim – specifically their selection of high-waisted jeans, which are definitely making a comeback! Everything in the store is hand-selected and won’t break the bank (which is very hard to find in vintage stores!). Clearly boasted on their website are pictures of a rack of coats that are definitely worth the trip!
Situated in Kensington Market is Sub Rosa Vintage, whose workers take their selection of clothing very seriously, and their passion towards their trade shows! All items are handpicked and restored to their original beauty – or better – helping to promote their sustainable consumer beliefs. A must-check-out if you’re in serious need of some signature pieces for your wardrobe.
Open Mon to Sat 11 am – 6:30 pm, Sun 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
To get expert advice on the best vintage finds, House of Vintage and its owner, long time fashion expert Dennis Adamidis, are one of your best bets. The store has an array of both vintage and antique clothing (yes, there is a difference!) and is considered one of the best spots in the city. Whether you are looking for old t-shirts or a stunning designer gown, the search is totally worth the treasure.
Also located in Kensington Market is A HOMERUN, home of both vintage clothing and home décor, and often hosts pop-up shops. It’s the perfect place for all your vintage needs; anything from fabulous 50s style dresses to funky statement jewelry to décor that will make all your friends jealous. Open every day except Friday from 12 pm – 6 pmBy Shae Loeffelholz