Best Thrift Stores in Calgary
If you have been following along, then you know that I live for the thrifted find. I love shopping at consignment shops and thrift stores in Calgary.
There are a few stores that I frequent for consignment and thrift finds. In no particular order, my FAVOURITE thrift/consignment stores in Calgary are
- Joyce’s Closet
- Velour (formerly known as the front porch)
- Dress for Success
Last week I strayed from this list. I was on my way to pick up some labels for my business at a local printer when I saw the Women in Need Society (WINS) sign. I have been following WINS on Instagram for a while now and they always post the cutest shoes and bags. I knew it was fate, so I stopped in for what was to be 5 minutes.
Obviously, I couldn’t just stop in for five minutes. I was fooling myself. Luckily, I found the best wool coat and a couple other goodies that I will post about later!
This wool coat is so warm and reminds me of a top coat. The color is absolutely stunning. It can be really hard for me to find a red that compliments my skin tone, so when I saw this baby, I had to have it!
The length of the coat is perfect as it can easily be paired with a range of boots and bottoms. Thrifting is no easy feat and I had to call in the reinforcements (my husband) to help me decide between this coat and a bright pink one.
This coat was a “sample” of Suzanne Marten’s. I don’t know who she is even though I endlessly searched for her on Google. I suspect that this coat is at least 10 years old. Why? First, the coat is well made and second, Suzanne handwrote on the label “sample”. I don’t know, but I am willing to bet that people haven’t handwritten on their labels in at least 10 years. Who handwrites anymore?!
I paired this coat with a dress I got from a Made in Canada ( I cannot remember her name 🙁 ) market, a statement necklace another and simpler necklaces. I added some gemstone bracelets and heels for good measure!
This coat was only $22. Can you believe it?!? You can’t get half a tank of gas for $22!
Sustainable Fashion and Shopping in Calgary
Shopping sustainably isn’t super hard to do in the city. Purchasing pre-loved clothing is a great way to help divert waste from the landfill and flooding foreign markets with crappy clothing.
I love WINS for a few reasons
- The have recycled almost 1 Million pounds of product (993,000 to be exact)
- They have supported 14, 460 people with their funds raised
- They have killer clothes in store and you don’t pay GST (that’s my favourite part :p)
- They are ” investing in the social well-being of community…” by “…help[ing] vulnerable women and their families live better lives.”
WINS also takes donations, so as per my husband’ request, I can donate the equivalent of what I buy. According to him, I owe WINS one coat…
What is your favourite Thrift Store find?