If you’re a lover of vintage clothing, you know that there’s one particular stretch in the city that is the destination of choice for the very best in secondhand shopping. While consignment stores can be found all throughout Toronto, the shops along Queen St. West are a step above the rest. There is such great selection here, in fact, that you could easily spend the day going from store to store, browsing the collections and finding inspiration for new outfits. To get you started, here are the best consignment stores on Queen St. West in Toronto.
For luxury designer consignment apparel, head to Garb. They carry clothing, shoes, and accessories for both men and women, including pieces from some of the most sought-after luxury brands and labels. Those who like to collect designer vintage pieces will want to give themselves ample time to peruse their selection. How much can you expect to save here? About 50-75% off the original retail price. The pieces are in excellent condition and they’ve got everything from upscale casual clothing to elegant formal wear.
While this wins hands-down for our favourite store name, Mama Loves You Vintage has a lot more going for it than just a clever moniker. Their collection is lovingly curated by a mother-daughter team who are committed to providing both women and men with quality vintage pieces. If you embrace colour and texture, are looking for dressier items, and like to make a statement with your fashion, this is the shop for you. They carry some truly rare treasures that will definitely add flair to your closet.
Black Market Toronto has been an institution in the city for several decades and is known for its wide selection of casualwear and vintage tees. They’ve got accessories, undergarments, sweats, and sportswear for women and men. It’s the place to score authentic band t-shirts, concert tees, vintage Levi’s and pop culture merch. They also sell great high-end pieces from the likes of Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. The store even won BlogTO’s Best of Toronto Award for best vintage clothing store.
House of Vintage stocks designer antique apparel, with lots of one-of-a-kind pieces including accessories and footwear. These are definitely going-out clothes, though even if you choose to stay in, you’re guaranteed to look fabulous. The owner has a great eye for colour and shape, and picks interesting, chic pieces for both men and women that will stand the test of time.
Head to Public Butter Vintage, the sister store of Black Market Clothing, for premium vintage apparel that’s a real blast from the past. You’re sure to snag some interesting finds, whether it’s a graphic tee, a suede or leather jacket, a pair of jeans or a dress. They also carry housewares, furnishings and home goods, so you can shop for some decor while you’re here too.
These are just a few of the many consignment stores Toronto has to offer. Pay them a visit and take some time to explore the area so you can discover a few new favourites of your own. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Medallion blog for more suggestions on how to shop vintage like a pro on Queen St. West.