1. eBay Canada
As one of the world's largest and most trusted marketplaces, facilitating thousands of consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales daily, eBay is a great place to begin your vintage search. Giving you access to a plethora of products from all over the globe (including small boutiques you wouldn't have access to otherwise), eBay has many features that help you navigate the site with ease. For example, you can follow your favourite sellers to see when they post new items or look up past buyer feedback. "We instill a lot of technology and sophisticated tools that we use to help detect any kind of fraudulent activity," explains eBay Canada's head of communications Camille Kowalewski. On top of pre-emptive measures the company takes in order to ensure you receive high quality and accurately described products, they also provide a money-back guarantee—basically, eBay's got your back.
2. Consign Toronto
Having a Toronto warehouse, two physical stores, as well as an online website, Consign Toronto is dedicated to providing you with curated vintage products that are all good quality and authenticated. Dag Larsen, the owner and founder of Consign Toronto, reveals that the site also provides many benefits for the user: "a code for your first order, a monthly flash sale or bi-weekly edits". Not editing the colour or condition of the products they post, you can also be sure that what you see is what you'll get. "If there are scuffs and marks on the products, you will see those in the photos," Larsen admits. "It doesn’t make for the most beautiful website, but it does allow for accuracy and total transparency."
In response to their own frustration with the USD exchange rate and international shipping and duty costs, The-Upside was created in hopes of increasing Canadian access to vintage luxury goods. This Calgary-based company prides itself as Canada's largest online luxury consignment retailer and offers authenticated luxury goods from over 250 designers—everything from clothing to footwear and accessories.