Vancouver is honestly killing the vintage game. Home to some of the most well-known thrift shops in Canada (including one that claims to be the largest in the country), you’ll def be able to check all the key items off your vintage wish list.
Our Vancity Localist correspondent Vernice Tan rounded up the best thrift shops in Vancouver where you’ll find athleisure pants, vintage tees and tons of denim. Scroll down to find out where you can upgrade your spring wardrobe with bomb pieces on a budget. Hooked on vintage shopping? Peep our top picks for the best thrift shops across Canada for unique finds no matter where you live in the country.
Used House of Vintage
Address: 1008 Robson St., Vibe: This shop catches the attention of many shoppers on Robson thanks to its flashy red carpets that cover the entire store. It also claims to be Canada’s largest vintage store, with a huge selection of vintage clothes, shoes and accessories. The staff is extremely friendly and they all have awesome personal style, as well.
What you’ll find: They have the best selection of T-shirts and accessories, and they separate their vintage Tees by colour so it’s easy for you find what you’re looking for.
F as in Frank
Address: 2425 Main St., Vibe: F as in Frank carries vintage sportswear, perfect for athleisure lovers. Brands like Champion, Adidas, Nike and Fila, abound, and they also rework old pieces into new styles, like cropped sweaters and tube tops.
What you’ll find: Adidas coordinated sets and ’90s tearaway pants.
Address: 11 West Hastings St., Vibe: Community is a small second-hand boutique in Gastown that is also a social enterprise: all of their profits go to the PHS Community Services Society, and they also help women who are in transitional periods in their lives by hiring them as sales associates and helping them build workplace skills.
What you’ll find: They have a great selection of denim, including a lot of vintage mom jeans and shorts, perfect for DIY distressing.