Have you ever been on the 95 bus and looked around only to realize that three other people were wearing the exact same coat as you?
It may be time to turn to vintage and consignment stores to find some one of a kind treasures that won’t break the bank.
Second-hand stores are also the perfect destination to find parts of your Hallowe’en costume. Head to one of these ten places to browse through some of Ottawa’s gently used gems.
This gem of a store sure earns its name! As soon as you step inside Darling Vintage you will be in awe of the lovely displays of impeccable vintage fashion, footwear, accessories and bridal gowns. In all honesty, I could have stayed in there all day sifting through the pretty floral and denim dresses! Don’t forget to keep an eye on their beautifully curated where devoted store-goers can scope out new pieces.
With locations in Westboro and Barrhaven, Rikochet has a very organized selection of affordable luxury consignment pieces. They tend to only accept brand name items in great condition, which means you’ll likely discover something special. Upon my most recent visit, I scored some very cute dresses for work and a pair of suede boots for a reasonable price.
Clothes Secret has everything you need for this fall season. There are shelves and shelves of boots (Blundstones, Hunters, Sorels, leather riding boots, etc.), cashmere sweaters, and coats to keep you warm and stylish. This store is located in Old Ottawa South which means that you are bound to find some designer pieces mixed in there as well. Their includes styling videos to show off their latest drop offs.
Ragtime is filled to the brim with an impressive collection of vintage pieces for people of all genders. Within the first few steps inside the store, you are greeted with tutus, mannequins, fur coats, strands of pearls, go go boots and many other treasures. But don’t get me wrong, although there are eccentric costume pieces aplenty, they also carry beautiful suits and sequined evening gowns. It’s not uncommon for people to spend hours sifting through the quirky shop that has become an Ottawa landmark.
This Westboro staple boasts a huge space filled with chic consignment pieces. Everything is organized by style and size from the racks of jeans and sweaters, to the designer boots and formal dresses. Speaking of fancy dresses, my prom dress was from AMH Style and I still love it to this day.
Dandelion Consignment is a one stop-shopping spot for women’s, teen’s, and children’s wear. Their store is in Stittsville, which is a nice alternative for people who don’t want to trek into the city to get name brand clothing at excellent prices.
Clothes Encounters has a great selection of designer handbags and shoes (think Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, etc.) as well as two floors of clothing. Although this can sound daunting, no need to worry, the staff there are welcoming and helpful. They also regularly post items on their , which you can reserve and then pick up in store.
Uncle Bob, the store’s owner, has a mission to funkify Ottawa and he’s doing just that by selling vintage men’s clothing out of his Hintonburg store. The store focuses mainly on what Bob refers to as rock ’n’ roll fashion, including a specialty in Beatles suits. Fab Gear 64 is proud to outfit many band members for their performances.
Upon entering this shop I had to take a second glance at the sign to make sure I was actually in a consignment store. The clothing at Second Glance is arranged with care in charming displays making everything look almost new. In the next few months they are going to be doubling their space to include more eveningwear, “the princess stuff,” as the owner calls it.
Vintage clothing enthusiasts can look forward to the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show, which will soon be making an appearance in the nation’s capital. Vendors from around the province will be selling their top vintage clothing, jewelry, footwear, and bags at the Shaw Centre on Sunday November 5th.
Ottawa also has a ton of thrift stores (to which clothes have been donated) but that’s a whole other article. Know of other vintage and consignment stores in Ottawa? Comment below!