As conscious consumers concern themselves more and more with the environmental toll of fast fashion, vintage stores are enjoying a new day in the sun.
Toronto is fast becoming one of North America’s top destinations for vintage and consignment wear. So, plan your visit with our guide to Toronto’s vintage clothing stores.
Penny Arcade Vintage
This this Dundas Street West shop has a sizeable selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, all restored to its original integrity by an in-house seamstress. You can also shop for Toronto-based clothing, housewares, jewelry and skincare brands, all with an ethically produced, environmentally conscious focus.
The new Roncesvalles vintage project from the owners of Penny Arcade takes it up a notch with statement coats and archival designer pieces, beautifully presented in a gallery-esque, minimalist storefront. The vintage collection is impressively curated and perfectly seasonal, featuring timeless gems like this 1970s Yves St. Laurent Preppy Day Dress and Prada Skirted Wool Coat. The shop is popular for fashion-forward Toronto teens and tweens and carries Filly and Foal, a line of handpicked vintage clothing for kids.
Courage My Love
No Toronto vintage list would be complete without a nod to Kensington Market’s Courage My Love, where handpicked vintage pieces meet an eclectic mix of imported jewelry, incense and beads in a chaotic, sparkling interior. Open since 1975, the store has attracted a loyal community of fashion hunters, designers and buyers, and its famous five-dollar rack has a cult following all its own.
This always-exciting eclectic Distillery District boutique is housed in a historic former glass-blowing studio. Regular clients know to expect everything from a beautifully curated furniture selection to stunning apothecary jars, chemists’ equipment and taxidermy birds. Worn brick walls and impressively high ceilings create a sophisticated, serene backdrop reminiscent of the historic Hotel Victoria.
Mama Loves You Vintage
Run by mother-daughter duo Mahro and Melo, Mama Loves You Vintage has become one of Queen Street’s most popular vintage destinations since it opened in 2012. Immaculately curated pieces from the 1900s to 1990s make this a great store for browsing, and the warm, helpful staff are always willing to share their knowledge of fashion history.
House of Vintage Toronto
An emporium of designer antique apparel on Queen Street West, House of Vintage has gained a reputation as one of Toronto’s best vintage stores. The large, bright space gives everything an artfully merchandised appeal, where shoppers can browse uniquely cool pieces like leather racer jackets and 1980s Gucci bags. Regular clients love their shopping parties, where vintage clothing and cocktails reunite.
In Vintage We Trust
This men’s-only Parkdale store is heaven for those with a taste for the finer things. The brick-and-mortar shop grew from a popular eBay store launched in 2010. Owners Chantal Varela and Josh Roter source much of their stock in rural America, and it shows in the forefront with vintage team jackets and work-ready Levi’s. The store is also competitively priced, with most pieces under $100.
Ready to get shopping? Toronto’s world-class vintage stores will not disappoint.