It’s that time of year again when we Canadians leave hibernation to make the most of the warm sunny weather. It is also during this time that many of us are looking in our closets and in need of a refresh. Fortunately, Ottawa has many consignment and vintage spots where we can refresh our wardrobes in an efficient, fun and sustainable way. Out with the old and in with the new (ish).
The vintage and consignment clothing scene in Ottawa has been thriving lately. We now have a fantastic variety of fashion from 1900’s vintage to streetwear to wedding dresses to designer wear and everything in between. There’s sure to be something for everyone, no matter your style, so here’s your guide to some of Ottawa’s best vintage and consignment spots.
Centertown is home to many of Ottawa’s best vintage shops. This includes Bellwethers Vintage, a beautiful retro-inspired space filled with only genuine vintage pieces from the 1900s to the 2000s. This shop mainly buys from estates as the best stuff hangs in people’s closets and all the pieces are washed and pressed .
“We’re focused on bringing in quality vintage labels, natural fibers and pieces that are beautifully made. Lots of items from France and Italy. Both classic pieces and wild, crazy one-of-a-kind pieces,” said Madison Kelly, co-owner of Bellwethers Vintage.
Trove Fashion is a beautiful consignment boutique near Hintonburg with a collection of stylish and high-quality second-hand clothing. The store tends to focus more on function, quality, and style over designer labels, so this place is a great option to find the latest trends and high-quality pieces at affordable prices.
As Ottawa’s oldest vintage store, you’re sure to find a unique vintage piece at Ragtime Vintage, located in Centretown. Known for its purple window display and floor-to-ceiling selections, Ragtime is the perfect place for a true vintage shopping experience with a unique collection of clothing, accessories and, of course, costumes!
Bad Dog Co.
Located in the Glebe, Bad Dog Co is one of Ottawa’s newest curated vintage stores. This is an excellent place to buy, sell and trade vintage and second-hand streetwear essentials such as T-shirts, caps, denim and jackets. The space has a great minimalist industrial look and feel, making the clothes racks the centerpiece for an effortless shopping experience.
Vintage pop up 613
This is a unique one on the list as it is not a permanent retail location but rather a traveling vintage pop up shop in and around the 613 area.
“Our mission is to make sustainable shopping more accessible and exciting while supporting small resellers, artists and makers who care about eco-friendly and ethical consumption,” said Vintage Pop-Up 613 founders, Aida and Elena. You can attend events such as pop-ups in the parking lot and Mystique Markets, where you can find a curated collection of vendors selling not only vintage clothing and accessories, but also homewares and handmade goods.
If you’re looking to buy or ship designer and contemporary pieces, head to Wellington West to check out Ottawa’s newest consignment space, The Recollective. Formerly known as Preloved Ottawa, this store, run by two sisters, has undergone a rebrand that has included the opening of a new location: a bright and contemporary space that complements the wonderful collection of second-hand clothing and accessories for sale.
The clothing secret
The Clothes Secret is one of Ottawa’s oldest missionary spots and is a go-to for many regulars and shoppers. Located in Old Ottawa South, the store offers a wide variety of pre-owned women’s clothing with friendly and helpful service.
If you frequent Somerset Street, you must be familiar with Darling Vintage’s beautiful retro window displays. One of Ottawa’s vintage go-tos, this boutique offers retro clothing, accessories, and even wedding dresses!
“We have a large vintage wedding dress section that offers a more casual shopping experience to the less fussy, eco-friendly and budget-conscious bride,” says the store’s Facebook page.
Fly Market hosts vintage events in the Ottawa area where artists, designers, and curated vintage fashion stores come together for a fun and unique shopping experience. You can find the best vintage streetwear and designer pieces, while also meeting and mingling with great people in the Ottawa fashion community. These events usually feature DJs and food trucks, and the company has even done a collaboration event with Urban Outfitters.
Clothing encounters of a second time
Clothing Encounters of a Second Time is a designer consignment store located between Lindenlea and Vanier North. Offering a wide variety of brands, this store strives to create a fun experience for customers and help them discover their unique style through second-hand clothing.
Paul’s Vintage is a small vintage shop located in a charming yellow painted building in the bustling Byward Market. Here you’ll find great vintage clothing and accessories for all genders in a space filled with vintage trinkets and decor.