Thursday, 15 October 2015

My Favourite Thrifting Locations


I'm often asked where I like to go thrifting since I'm always dragging home some "new to me" thing that I have decided I can't live without.  I like to joke that I don't want to give away my secrets, but of course I'm happy to share!  I decided to make up a little map to show you guys all of the places I like to go to find my new old things.

  • Talize - at Highbury and Huron is always a favourite spot to check out.  It's so much cleaner and brighter since their renovation too!  I have good luck with housewares here.
  • Back to the Fuchsia is close enough that I can walk there from work on my lunch break.  The only thing I don't like about it there is that they don't always price everything and I hate having to ask. 
  • There are two Value Villages in town and while I often find them to be a little pricey, they're always good for a wander on my lunch break
  • Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores can be pretty hit or miss.  I kind of prefer the one off of Clarke Road - since it's so off the beaten path I seem to have better luck with finds there.
  • Funky Find always has furniture that makes me swoon.  I basically want my whole house to look like their store.  Things are expensive though - he definitely knows what things are worth.
  • Memory Lane Antiques is similar.  It's a wonderful antique mall for browsing, but I always seem to fall in love with some $1200 chair.
  • Bibles for Missions is a really great thrift store, but is way out of the way for most people.  It's right at Hyde Park Road and Fanshawe Park Road, which has been extremely difficult to access recently because of construction.  They also have tricky hours - I think they usually close at 5:00 p.m., so it's even hard for me to swing in on my way out of town.
  • B&L Antiques is a new one for me, I found out about this shop when I visited their booth during the Forest City Flea.  I haven't actually been into their store yet, but I really liked the stuff they had at their booth - lots of London memorabilia.
  • Heist is awesome for weekend browsing.  They carry antique furniture, as well as reproductions and upcycled pieces.  There are a lot of industrial pieces that have been modernized with the addition of live edge wood tops and things like that.  I've found some great accessories there, and he carries Atomic Ranch magazine.
  • Attic Books is not only awesome for book lovers, but there are all kinds of old maps, photos and other ephemera if that's your deal.
  • The Sentimentalist has a great selection of vintage furniture.  I have to admit, I'm pretty lazy about digging through clothes at big chain places like Value Village so I tend to defer to vintage clothing shops.
  • Jackpot Vintage is on the map as Uber Cool Stuff since they share a space - the Jackpot Vintage stuff starts on the Dundas side and is always worth a look!
  • Brydges Street Market is probably my most frequent stop.  It's so convenient to my work, it's the perfect place to wander.  I've had a lot of really good luck there too!
  • Salvation Army at Dundas and Clarke is super clean and well organized.  I tend to head out to Argyle Mall for the Winners and try to make sure to pop in to the Salvation Army while I'm out that way.
  • Goodwill on Oxford near Highbury is my preferred Goodwill location.  This is usually where I donate my items.  Again, it's close to my work so that's where I usually check things out.  It's a pretty small location but sometimes that means that you can score on something that is easily overlooked!
I think that's all of my hotspots, at least for now!  There's always some new place coming up on my radar it seems!  If you have any favourites, please let me know! 

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