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The best vintage clothing stores in Toronto
My New Year’s resolution this year was to first, not shop for four moths and second, to only buy vintage and second-hand once my shopping ban lifts at the end of April. But before you mentally applaud me for my impulse control and bravery, let me tell you that restricting my purchases to vintage is hardly a challenge. The first fashion purchase I ever made with my own after-school-job money was a ’70s marinière top, and I briefly worked at a vintage clothing and knick-knack shop in university. Why vintage? There’s just something so earnest about an item with a past life, I get a kick out wearing pieces that were around before I was born.
Environmental benefits aside, buying vintage is also a great way to hit current trends (hello, ruffled blouses and high waist denim). I’m lucky enough to live in what I consider to be one the world’s best cities for vintage shopping. Toronto’s vintage scene is always growing (one of the stores on this list opened at the very end of 2016) and each shop has its own individual aesthetic and a perfectly calibrated mix of products, eras and trends. Here are the seven vintage stores you’ll catch me visiting on any given weekend. Well, after April that is.
Go if: Your style skews a bit more feminine or if you’re shopping for a special occasion—the selection of party dresses is impressive.
1177 Dundas St. West, pennyarcadevintage.com.
F as in Frank
418 Queen Street West, fasinfrank.com
Go if: you love everything about ’90s fashion.
1599 Dundas St W, Toronto, chosenvintage.com.
Life of Manek
Go if: You’d like a curated vintage shopping experience.
1504 Dundas Street West, lifeofmanek.com.
Mama Loves You Vintage
Go if: You’re looking for a statement piece that no one else will have.
541 Queen Street West, mamalovesyouvintage.com.
1290 Queen Street West, publicbutter.com
1611 Dundas Street West, instagram.com/shopyoubabe