Saturday, November 21, 2009

Top 10 Toronto Thrift Stores, part 4

I'm winding down my Top 10 Toronto Thrift Shops today and tomorrow. Lest you think I shop solely in the east end, the next two days I'm listing west end thrift shops and midtown consignment and retail shops with a thrifty edge ....

(Apologies btw, that the links to stores aren't working - Blogger seems to be showing everything in html coding when I create a post, including links --- help??).

My 7th and 8th picks:

7). Salvation Army Thrift Store
1219 Bloor Street

It's a smaller store by Sally Ann standards, but it rocks. There's not a ton of furniture but I've found great jewellery, brand new lampshades, and lots of wonderful clothing. The trick, of course, is going regularly. The Sally Ann, you may know, is an international Christian organization that provides social services to vulnerable people. The thrift stores rely on donations and proceeds from the store go back into funding SA programs. SA is 125 this year!

Best finds: Theory red cashmere ladies' sweater for $6.99 (brand new and still had Holt Renfrew tag on it read $299.00!!); Matt & Nat handbag in mint condition, $4.99; tons of great 1970s costume jewellery bling such as a beautiful mood ring with a patent number stamped on the back and another fab gold-tone ring (pictured up top), $3.99 each; and (pictured here) a Tara Jarmon Made in France blazer (dug up at the Parkdale store, a close second)for $4.99 that would retail for $500-600!!

8). Eldorado Second Hand Store
482 Roncesvalles Ave.,

A Polish lady and her kitty preside in this second-hand shop, where you can pick up items for .50 cents to a buck. I've never found any designer pieces here but it's a good place to pick up basics. There's a back jean room where jeans are heaped into a big pile; I haven't had luck in that room but I keep hoping. I did find a MEXX rain jacket for a buck and a cool 1970s skirt for .50 cents. My absolute finito best find: a HUGE reversible wool are rug for $5 pictured here - a fiver, I kid you not!


  1. www.kimandkerriscloset is one of my favourite consignment shops! They have great pieces at super fab prices! I cant shop in regular stores anymore.

  2. If you're looking for a place to take mens or women's gently used, contemporary fashions, take them to Common Sort! It doesn't have to be designer (just awesome)! Rather than having to wait until your stuff sells, they'll give you cash or trade on the spot! Two locations on either side of Queen: Riverside (804 Queen St. E) and Parkdale (1414 Queen St. W).


  3. Treasures Charity Thrift Store in Richmond Hill sells great quality gently used clothing, linens, house wares, china, crystal, books, electronics, small appliances, jewellery, art and collectables at reasonable prices.

    Treasures Charity Thrift Store and Mental Health/Community Integration Program is volunteer run social enterprise operating as a second hand store and providing social and vocation support for people living with mental health issues.

    We depend on generous donations of good quality items from the community.

    Check our website for items we gladly accept. Drop into the store for a great shopping experience.

    1. Thanks for the info, Carol. How I wish I were still in Toronto so I could check the shop out! If I am ever in the area again, I will definitely pop in. :)

  4. Love your blog as we follow everything antique, DIY, Vintage, Reuse/Repurpose. Our Vancouver auction has vintage, teak & other items that might be of interest.