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Five great places to shop vintage in the city
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Vintage Nouveau, a large warehouse space on Queen just west of Spadina, doesn’t seem extravagant at first glance. Their simple set up, with no great visual displays or dazzling interiors, is a bit industrial and mundane. However, upon closer inspection, hundreds of clothing items make up for the boring store front. Their vintage pieces are organized and the spacious warehouse gives you room o move around and try things on. Most pieces, shoes, blazers and bags included, fall below the $40 mark and their thorough selection will not disappoint. Positive: they support neighboring charities like the daily bread food bank and local schools!
Vintage Depot offers an exquisite collection of merchandise that would both surprise any avid thrift-shopper and delight those who are new to the concept. Pieces you would normally spend hours looking for, amongst racks and racks of clothing, anywhere else seem to magically float upon their hangers with a glimmer of hope that reminds us that shopping vintage doesn’t always have to be like a scavenger hunt. Fifty per cent of the items at Vintage Depot are fabulous finds, in trend, and easy to spot. Their prices are reasonable, about $10 for a cute beaded tunic and $25 for a great tweed blazer, and they are one of the few spots in Kensington Market who have not yet raised prices due to the popularity of ‘thrift’ becoming ‘vintage’. Hint: pay in cash- it’ll cost you less than any other method.
Common Sort is an interesting thrift store with a less-than common concept. They offer a buy, sell, trade environment where customers can trade in their gently used brand name clothing for a credit to purchase new items. The merchandise buyers on duty will asses your clothing, choose what they wish to buy from you, price them accordingly, and give you 50% of that in a credit to be used within the store! Or, if you don’t want the store credit, they can hand over 25% of the total in cash on the spot. The great thing about Common Sort is their merchandise selection. Every piece is looked over by the merchandise buyers, as well as the owner Nina B. herself, so you know you are getting quality picks. It is an innovative, new spin on an old favourite.
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