Buying previously-worn clothing is an eco-friendly and unique way to draw style inspiration from the classic looks of the past. Edmonton has several specialty vintage and consignment stores that sell high-quality pieces that can be worn off the rack or re-worked to create a more contemporary feel. Our local experts take a tour of Edmonton’s best vintage stores to single out the key places every shopper should hit when looking for that unique item.
These two quaint Whyte Ave. sister spots carry an impressive selection of clothing, footwear, and accessories for men, women and children. Among the offerings the stores are some of Edmonton’s best vintage concert and sport t-shirts, along with eclectic eyeglasses and Converse sneakers. A body-piercing and tattoo studio is located in-store as well, in case you feel like making a more permanent addition to your look.
• Divine, 10441 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-439-2977, divineplanet.com
• Decadence, 10760 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-702- 1982, divineplanet.com
Vespucci is a specialty consignment shop that buys and sells higher-end women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. The selection is great, but what makes Vespucci one of the best vintage stories in Edmonton is how excellently they preserve the condition of the clothes. Many designer labels can be found among the racks here, so keep your eyes peeled for styles from brands like Prada, Gucci and Dior.
Vespucci, 12529-102 Ave., 780-451-1562, vespucci2006.ca, map and reviews
4. Red Pony
This consignment store carries an impressive selection of gently worn clothing in contemporary, urban styles. The impressive selection found here changes often, so shoppers are always certain to find the latest trends to incorporate into their wardrobe. Familiar brands are bought and sold to ensure the good quality and modern style of the clothing.
Red Pony, 10139 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-435-0655, redpony.ca
This shop carries an eclectic mix of vintage clothing and furniture, including couture labels and authentic pieces. Both the upscale fashionista and the original hipster will be able to find something to incorporate into their wardrobe at this downtown Edmonton vintage store.
Swish, 10180-101 St., 780-479-8408, Facebook page, map and reviews
6. Junque Cellar
This funky vintage store in south Edmonton is packed with housewares, furniture and a wide-ranging mix of vintage fashions and accessories. The stock changes frequently and always promises one-of-a-kind items like hats, scarves, belts, eyewear and footwear.
Junque Cellar, 10442 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-433-9963, Facebook page, map and reviews