The Importance of Buying Vintage and Second Hand Clothing


Public Butter U.S.A. flag vest, my dad’s old band tee, thrifted Levis, Philistine sunnies, Steve Madden heels (NOT VINTAGE! hah)

Vintage shopping and thrifting has been an important part of my life growing up with a clothing obsession. Not to mention purchasing clothing, name brand/brand new can be expensive, but the importance of supporting local vintage stores and thrift stores such as Value Village, Salvation Army and the sparsely located Goodwill that are making an impact in our community and how we express ourselves is something we owe our community as a citizen of fashion. The quality you can find, although worn in sometimes, in vintage clothing can be counted on. Though it’s a tough topic, our clothing wasn’t once made in third world countries for little to no money with the quality being anything but…spectacular.

Supporting the business’ of our local friends is also a huge responsibility we have. Tell me you walked into a vintage store and nothing screamed out at you that you NEEDED to have? Yeah, you’re lying. These people carefully curate their stores and it shows because you always somehow find what you have been searching for. I’ve listed some of my favourites in the city that are a must visit:

Public Butter        69 Vintage     Siberia Vintage (Super new!)     Life of Manek

Mama Loves You           Sub Rosa Vintage         Chosen Vintage     F as in Frank 

There’s also a fun new(ish) thing happening in the city where you can buy and sell/trade your clothing! Kind Exchange and Common Sort’s have popped up all over Toronto. Although when it first started they bought more of your stuff (which means more locations please!), it’s a great option if you can’t exactly part with your stuff and need some sort of incentive. Also, there’s always a good ol’ yardsale or friend organized clothing swap.









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