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Feeling Thrifty? Check Out These Top Picks for Thrifting in the 'Shwa!

Thrifting: When one visits several different thrift shops, second-hand shops, and vintage clothing stores in the hopes of buying several items of cheap and unusual clothing and other items. One usually does this with friends.


Over the past few years, thrifting has had a tremendous rise in popularity as a result of a distaste for fast fashion, the environmental benefit of a reduced carbon footprint, and simply because it allows the shopper to showcase their unique fashion sense. While the previously listed reasons are true for me, I just love treasure hunting! Making an afternoon of looking through racks of clothing that have had a previous life, and finding that one perfect classic t-shirt or the most perfectly fitting pair of worn jeans gives me a thrill. I once even found a vintage Armani dress at Value Village!


As a self-proclaimed Oshawa thrifting expert, I have done my best to catalog some of the best treasure-hunting locations in the city to share with you!


In its brand-new location at 29 King Street East, Baby’s Basement stocks its shelves with curated vintage pieces, and sells some home goods and jewelry from local makers. There are tons of unique items to be discovered here.


In this beautiful shop, located at 1206 Wecher Drive, you can find clothing for the whole family. Get cute, almost new, children’s clothes at can’t-be-beat prices.


Value Village offers gently used home furnishings, clothing, books, figurines, art, and more. Be sure to visit around Halloween because they have a huge selection of barely worn and brand-new costumes and a full range of accessories to complement your spooky attire.


Cool finds and one-of-a-kind items fill this shop, located at 14 King Street East. You can find unique clothing, shoes, and accessories as well as other items such as records and some vintage toys. Definitely a must-see!


This is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven thrift store where you can shop for treasure and donate your used clothing and household items. The Mission Thrift store gives back to the community and supports other, local not-for-profit organizations. The Mission Thrift store is located at 1300 Simcoe Street N.


Find charming furniture, antiques, and vintage items at Lisa’s Upscale Garage Sale at 211 Simcoe St S. Looking to cash in on some of your gently used items? Bring them to Lisa’s to cash in.


Be sure to bring your reusable bags, because if you are anything like me – you will not be leaving empty-handed. There is always at least one unique piece that catches my eye and invariably comes home with me!

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