Do you want style that really tells a story? Vintage takes you there. Not only is it one of the most sustainable closet options, but these pre-loved pieces get your look on the fast track to elevated and effortless. Whether you’re a seasoned second-hand seeker or looking to ramp up your collection, these expertly stocked vintage stores are worth a stop.

Chosen Vintage 


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Good vintage stores cut through the gaudy clutter; great ones curate their selection to feel remarkably current. Chosen on Dundas is such a spot. Dedicated thrifters know to head here often for their daily restocks of forever classics. Recent highlights include an oversized, suede-collared trench coat, a trove of classic Coach bags and an early ‘90s sport suit from Alfred Sung that’s to die for.

1599 Dundas St. W.,

96 Tears Vintage 


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The city’s most enviable style eccentrics call 96 Tears a go-to source for design-forward statement pieces. With every trip to this Bloor West boutique, expect grungy separates, wild prints, ‘80s-era silhouettes and lots of leather. What’s more, the store also carries unique wares worth checking out by hyper-local talents like TAMS and Zoë Baranski.

1267 Bloor St. W.,

Penny Arcade Vintage 

If the thought of rummaging through racks and racks of vintage is overwhelming, make your way to Penny Arcade where curation is fundamental. Leather jackets, Harley Davidson tees and a wealth of old-school Levi’s are always on heavy rotation, but the odd standout designer piece is available to score. There’s even a section of the shop dedicated to kids where you can find tiny sweater vests (!) and the like.

1177 Dundas St. W.,

Nouveau Riche Vintage 

You’ll find a more personalized thrifting experience with Nouveau Riche, a by-appointment-only boutique out of the Junction. Here, cool closet staples and decades-old designer finery are aplenty, with price points for every budget (a recent, 70s era crochet vest clocks in under $60.) Good news for out-of-towners: Nouveau’s well-stocked website is updated with new gems everyday and ships across the country.

5 Adrian Ave. (by appointment only),

Black Diamond Vintage 

For one-of-a-kind pieces that’ll reap “where did you get that?” remarks, make it a point to visit Queen West institution, Black Diamond Vintage. Here, it’s all about the thrill of the find. Some fresh treasures include a psychedelic-meets-Hawaiian maxi skirt fit for a White Lotus moment, a parachute-silk peasant blouse embroidered with a floral motif and a supply of rare band tees that’ll elevate any old pair of jeans.

1614 Queen St. W.,