Unique clothing and accessories are never far out of reach in Ottawa. Consignment stores and vintage boutiques abound, each offering their own take on classic and modern looks. Our helpful guide below will get you to all the best finds in the city, and even instruct you on how to put your pre-owned items up for sale in an Ottawa consignment store.
The Clothes Secret consignment store in Old Ottawa South provides shoppers with an affordable and eco-friendly way to update their wardrobes. After setting up an appointment with shop owner Valerie MacIntosh, clients are asked to bring in any gently used (read: less than two years old) clothing they wish to sell. When the product is sold, the seller receives 45 per cent of the final selling price. With an impressive collection of clothes that ranges from size two to 22, there is something here to suit every budget and style.
• Clothes Secret, 1136 Bank St., 613-730-9039, theclothessecret.com
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This Wellington West consignment store is owned by Ottawa’s fashion-savvy sisters, Alison and Joanna Hughes. AMH offers a wide selection of new and used clothing, bags, shoes, belts and accessories. In order to sell at AMH, clients are asked to select a minimum of five items from their closet (they must be less than two years old and free of tears, stains and other visible flaws) to bring to an appointment. If selected, the goods will then be sold in the shop, with clients receiving 40 per cent of the final selling price.
• AMH Style, 1440 Wellington St. W., 613-680-2704, amhstyle.com
GYPSY AND COMPANY
This two-location vintage store bills itself as carrying “lovely one-of-a-kind finds for guys and girls.” The original store can be found at the corner of Elgin and Gilmour, and the second is in the Byward Market. The folks at Gypsy and Company have made it easy to track down unique, high-quality vintage wear. The Gilmour Street store also boasts a great selection of plus-sized vintage gear, and houses its own independent record store and café.
• Gypsy and Company, 203 Dalhousie St., 613-565-0564, gypsyandcompany.ca
This Ottawa consignment store operates in a system similar to those mentioned above, only there is no need to make an appointment here. Walk-ins are welcome and encouraged. Staff will inspect up to 20 items at a time, checking to make sure all clothing is freshly washed and in excellent condition. All consignment items remain on the shelves for 60 days. If they don’t sell in that time, they will be donated to a local charity. Rikochet Resale is especially fond of high-end brands. Visit their website for a list of their favourite (and least favourite!) designers.
• Rikochet Resale, 255 Richmond Rd., 613-729-1410, rikochetresale.com
YOUNG JANES VINTAGE BOUTIQUE
In the heart of the Byward Market, you’ll find Young Janes’s wonderfully crafted collection of vintage clothing and accessories. A quick skim of the shelves is all it takes to know that each item in store—from Christian Dior blazers to the darling handbags—has been carefully selected. Mika Lemm, the owner and creative mastermind behind Young Janes, is an active blogger, so stop by the store’s website for information on their latest products, contests and more.
• Young Janes Vintage Boutique, 223 Dalhousie St., 613-794-6452, youngjanes.blogspot.ca