Over the last 10 or so years, thrifting has taken off in a major way. Scavenging for the perfect piece – and at the perfect price – has become a game. It’s the thrill of the hunt that keeps people coming back for more.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best vintage and consignment stores in Calgary to make the hunt a little easier.
What are your favourite vintage and consignment stores in Calgary? Let us know in the comments below.
SalvEdge prides itself on having some of the best consignment pieces in the Calgary area for both men and women. Beyond that, SalvEdge also carries new pieces and offers cool services like Sip and Shop, where they shut down the store for you and friends to shop and sip wine. Divine.
Where: Victoria Park: 1002 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary and Beltline: 1222 8th Street SW, Calgary
Hours: Victoria Park: Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Beltline: Monday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more than 20 years, owner Danielle Hadden has been meticulously selecting second hand designer clothes for her shop. She only accepts items that are in near-new condition. Appointments are available to book with Danielle – one if you wish to consign clothes and another for an hour-long personal styling session.
Where: 105 – 908 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday
Having grown up in the consignment business in Saskatchewan, Kristin Halpape decided to open her first consignment boutique in Okotoks almost nine years ago. Halpape looks and consignment as a reuse and recycle concept and is a fun way to keep up with the latest styles. Plus she puts new arrivals on her Facebook page, so you don’t even have to go to the store to see what’s new.
Where: 202-12100 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sass is known for their quality men and women’s consignment clothing at reasonable prices. Again, the name of the game is reduce, reuse and recycle. Plus the store offers frequent shopper rewards. Owner Courtney Beveridge has a background in fashion design and is very selective about the pieces she accepts.
Where: 4803 Centre Street NW, Calgary
Hours: Monday – Friday: noon to 6 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays
With more than 8,000 square feet of space that contains a plethora of footwear, clothing, accessories, bags, and jewellery. For ease of use, clothes are organized by size, colour, and type, and they stock sample sizes as well as high end labels. The upstairs area is reserved for furs, leather and evening gowns.
Where: 8244 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Peacock Boutique appeals strongly to a younger crowd and has some cool pieces that are hard to come across. From Chloe to Rag & Bone, Peacock Boutique has designer pieces at reasonable prices.
Where: 4 – 1145 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
A Vintage Affair specializes in true vintage pieces from the 1920s right up until the 1970s. They carry everything from clothing and accessories to decor and collectibles. They also have a selection of beautiful vintage wedding gowns from the 1940s up to the 1970s, available to view by appointment.
Where: 117 – 638 11th Avenue SW, Calgary
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Used House of Vintage started in Vancouver before expanding to Calgary in 2007. Used has a cult-like following of “fashion-starved vintage aficionados,” as the website states. While they source vintage from all over the world – think Rolling Stones band tees from 1981 – their distribution centre is located in Vancouver.
Where: 738 A 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
TREND Fashions has been around since 1997 and offers a great selection of gently used second hand pieces for women. TREND gets hundreds of new items on a daily basis – part of the thrill of shopping at TREND is the thrill of the hunt.
Where: 120 10th Street NW, Calgary
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
Sproutz Kidz is Calgary’s largest family-oriented consignment store, carrying children’s and maternity clothes, baby equipment, and even toys, all in a 5,000 square foot space. There’s even a playhouse for the kids and comfy chairs with a TV for nursing moms.
Where: 2835 37th Street SW, Calgary
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.