In Saskatoon, no two vintage shops are stocked alike. The best of the thrifted best in this city seem to be all about diverse offerings: where one store boasts a blend of bohemian and normcore, another focuses on urban street-style finds. In other words: kiss your fast fashion habits goodbye because you’re guaranteed to find pieces that are up your alley at one of these vintage havens.
Our Localist correspondent Leah V. Sookoo rounded up the best thrift shops in Saskatoon where you’ll find fab birthday outfits, killer kimonos and Mary Young lingerie. Scroll down to find out where you can upgrade your spring wardrobe with bomb pieces on a budget. Then, continue your vintage hunt across Canada with the best thrift shops from coast to coast.
Address: 120 20th St. West, Vibe: Michaela Michaels opened this shop in 2015 with a focus on well-made, classic pieces. Pulling in design elements and accessories in a perfect blend of Bohemian, Canadiana, Mid-Century and Normcore, this looks like a nod to the past while still looking to the future.
What you’ll find: Vintage jewellery delicately arranged alongside some new gems from Hunt of Hounds. Hanging neatly in the back, there’s a rack of Mary Young lingerie, and a new (highly coveted) selection of vintage Japanese kimonos.
Address: 104-120 Sonnenschein Way, Vibe: Situated beside our local farmer’s market, The Knick is a simple, tidy store that opened last spring and focuses on curated vintage and repurposed finds. The owner, Sarah Gaudry, took the entrepreneurial plunge motivated by her love for sewing and sweet vintage finds brought back from trips to LA.
What you’ll find: Several racks line the walls with dresses, skirts and tops, and a fine sprinkling of shoes and accessories. Gaudry also brings some TLC to her vintage finds and invigorates neglected items, like transforming winter dresses by taking off sleeves and a few inches from the hemline. Her specialty is in urban and street style finds, inspired by timeless pieces and the latest trends, like perfectly distressed Levi’s, leather pencil skirts and silk blouses.
Village Green Thrift
Address: 127-131 20th St. W, Vibe: This non-profit shop is a haven for pickers looking for a great deal. The main shop is small and simple, with minimal decoration and lit by fluorescent bulbs. Props to the staff who were always reserve things for you, give you a good deal, and help you load it into your vehicle with the happiest of helping hands.
What you’ll find: Hidden among your grandma’s trousers and embroidered cardi’s, you’ll find some great dresses and tops, earrings and durable shoes (for the stylish girl boss who’s tired of flimsy footwear). Having a wish list doesn’t work here: buy it now or never see it again.
Better Off Duds
Address: 510A 33rd St. West, Vibe: Packed full of gems ranging from the ’60s to the ’90s, this shop takes you back to any point of nostalgia you’re longing for. BOD’s employees all seem to be badass rockabilly ladies and the owner is especially personable, generous and ultra-kind.
What you’ll find: Don’t let the name fool you, because there are no duds here. Birthday outfit? Check. New Year’s outfit? Check. Jewellery, dresses, skirts, coats, tops, shoes? They’ve got everything. For every fabulous individual.