The next time you go shopping, amp the stakes up a little higher and go for the thrill of the find at one of Toronto’s best vintage stores. Rather than buying off the rack, you’ll find things that are truly one-of-a-kind when you vintage shop and that can be really rewarding.
Whether you’re looking for a glam fur, vintage denim, designer duds, or other apparel, these vintage stores have got you covered!
However, make sure to go in with an open mind because you never know what treasure is waiting for you.
Take a look at the best vintage stores in Toronto below and add some vintage pieces to your look.
290 Queen St W
This Parkdale gem sells everything from clothing, furniture, and artwork, and while it might seem like a total mess to sort through, you can be guaranteed in finding many awesome sweaters! Employees go outsourcing for new second-hand merch from Toronto four days a week – no wonder the stores stock seems endless.
928 Queen St W
Philistine which is located on Queen West, right before Trinity Bellwoods Park is a favourite of many people who live in that spot. Your chances of scoring vintage denim cut-offs here are very high, but what makes this shop even more unique, is its mix of vintage and kitschy new items like pins, watches, and Levi’s denim. While they might be new, they still have that vintage feel giving you the best of both worlds.
1239 Queen St W
We’re not surprised that Parkdale has more than one amazing vintage store, also laying claim to House of Vintage. The neighbourhood staple gives off total 70’s vibes with lots of faux fur jackets, and even men and women’s wear from the 2’20s Not to mention they also carry some heavyweight brands like Burberry, Halston, and Bob Mackie.
14 Kensington Ave
If you’ve been to Kensington Market than you’ve probably already browsed around Courage My Love, without even realizing it. The shop is chalk full of bargains and is hard to miss with items sourced from all over the place. It’is also the perfect place to shop for clothing and accessories, having an equal mix of both, as well as an enormous array of unique wordly items and knick knacks.
63 Ossington Ave
I Miss You Vintage is one of those diamonds in the rough that will leave you speechless. Located on the Ossington strip, you’ll be drooling over the selection of vintage designer frocks and clothing including Yves. St Laurent, Christian Dior, and Cartier. Unlike many vintage stores, what also sets I Miss You apart is that the owner dry cleans and touches up all the pieces before they hit the floor.
177 Dundas St W
Next time your on Dundas West make sure you stop at Penny Arcade Vintage to do a little digging. Along with a very inviting $5 rack outside, you can find a slew of knick knacks, sunglasses, old-timey goods, handmade items, and frocks ranging from the 50’s to 80’s.
256 Queen St W
Black Market Clothing has to be one of Toronto’s longest standing vintage stores dating back to the 80’s, and it might have something to do with that fact that most things are around $10. Specializing in graphic tees, plaid flannels, and punk rock necessities, basically everything here is on sale or a bargain.
418 Queen St W
This Vancouver-based shop now has its first Toronto location on Queen West and has been hailed for its collection of men and women’s jerseys, sports sweaters, band tees, cosby sweaters and more. F as in Frank will have all your retro needs covered, since it always carries vintage Nike windbreakers, Space Jam tanks and the like, along with some unique vintage brands.
541 Queen St W
With a name like Mama Loves You Vintage, you had best believe that this Toronto vintage store is endearing. Shop ethereal items from the 1900s, all the way up to popular 90’s trends, as the store boasts a curated collection of silk blouses, flowy tops, and options that will let you live out your days as a bohemian.
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