If you’re looking for retro and vintage items, used clothing and home décor items, or just plain great deals, here are some of the best flea markets and thrift stores that bargain-hunters can explore in and around Quebec City.
Located in the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City, the Marché aux Puces Jean-Talon is open year-round from Thursday to Sunday – though some traders are open seven days a week. The market covers over 125,000 square feet of of indoor stalls, stands, and vendors, so you can shop to your heart’s content and find everything in one place. You will find various new and used items, along with antiques and much more. Parking is also free.
The Saint-Foy public market can be found in the Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge neighbourhood, and it’s open on Sundays from mid-May until late September, from 8am to 4pm. With free outdoor parking, you can explore a variety of different products, including crafts and jewellery, along with the primary draw: produce and gourmet items.
Aux Trésors d’Agapès is a thrift shop or ressourceriewith a charitable mission. You’ll find used goods for sale, including appliances, furniture, books, games, clothing, and more. Entraide Agapè, the not-for-profit organisation that runs the shop, provides material goods and food to the disadvantaged community in the borough of Beauport.
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Conveying a variety of retro, vintage, and kitschy items, shopping at Rétro Bordello is like going on a treasure hunt. You can find toys and games, dishes, records, décor items, and some furniture, all generally sourced from the 1950s to the 1980s. The perfect activity for a rainy afternoon; you’ll need a good few hours to explore all the treasures.
La Friperie Du Pavois is a small thrift shop with very low prices. If you take the time to browse through the clothing sections, you’re sure to come across a great find or two. The store is a charitable component of the non-profit organisation of the same name, which has the mission of promoting the social reintegration of people experiencing mental health issues. Thus, disadvantaged people can come to the shop and find affordable clothing while socialising with the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Located about a half-hour drive from downtown Quebec City, the not-for-profit Magasin Général Rive-Sud is a thrift shop that offers a treasure trove of items – if you’re willing to take the time to explore. Prices are low on clothing and shoes, dishes and kitchen items, books, linens, and more – some sales put prices as low as $1 or $2! It’s also a great place to donate your own used items.