CTS Vintage Nouveau
Although some vintage stores require a shovel to find anything, CTS Vintage Nouveau handily puts the good stuff on easy-to-browse racks. You’ll have no trouble finding dresses, skirts, jeans, shoes, menswear and other designer digs, all for under $50.
394 Queen St. W., 416-850-9129.
We don’t condone violence, but you may need to employ those elbows when rifling throuh Value Village stock. Head to the Queen East location or the mega store at Bloor and Lansdowne, which also has a great book and vinyl collection. Double-V shopping requires seeing possibility in everything; it also requires trying on the most ridiculous finds in-store.
924 Queen St. E., 416-778-4818. 1319 Bloor St. W., 416-539-0585.
It’s probably the only time you can say, “I’m just going to run out and grab some milk and a tweed dress.” Located at the base of the Loblaws superstore at Queens Quay and Jarvis (and other locations), Joe has you covered when it comes to nice stuff at good prices, including dresses, skirts, jeans, accessories, shoes and the perfect t-shirt (see “The Endorsement,” bottom left).
Joe Fresh in Loblaws, 10 Lower Jarvis St., 416-703-4865. joefresh.com.
Courage My Love
If your wardrobe is drabber than late winter in the city, this Kensington shop is what you need in your life. For more than 35 years, they’ve been offering up colour and quirk with a small price tag attached. More than just pants and shirts, they also have rings, boots and shoes, sunglasses, scarves and fabrics.
14 Kensington Ave., 416-979-1992.
Forever 21 and H&M
At both Forever 21 and H&M, it isn’t hard to find really great clothes and accessories for as low as five bucks—you just need to keep your hawk eyes peeled. Oh, and you’ll also need some patience because these stores will be packed with back-to-school tweens who will kill you gladly for the sweater in your hands. So here’s a secret tip: The Forever 21 location at Yonge and Dundas has a basement full of change rooms that few know about. Take the elevator.
H&M, 15 Bloor St. W., Dufferin Mall 900 Dufferin St., Eaton Centre 220 Yonge St. Forever 21, 302 Yonge St.