The 10 best Canadian websites for shopping vintage clothing
Updated: July 2021
Online shopping has given us instant access to thousands of products with the click of a mouse. With so many items available, it's necessary to do your due diligence and rely on trusted sellers when considering shopping vintage online. After learning the best tips for shopping online for vintage, we hand-picked 10 sites (heads up, they're all Canadian!) that are sure to score you some noteworthy pre-loved pieces during your next vintage hunt.
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."
3. Black Market Clothing
Black Market Clothing has been a Toronto fixture since the early 80’s. Originally catered to a niche Toronto market of punk rockers, OCAD students, musicians and artists, Black Market Clothing has grown to be the best place in Toronto for everything vintage. They offer dead-stock, wholesale, vintage furnishings, architectural salvage, and of course Toronto’s largest selection of vintage clothing. Black Market Vintage Clothing strives to deliver leading-edge and alternative fashion to the innovative culture-conscious customer who appreciates one-of-a-kind vintage and classic pieces at affordable prices.