5 Places That Will Give Your Clothes a Second Life in the Six
With the warmer weather arriving early, we thought some of you might be jumpstarting your spring cleaning, starting with your closets. In order to make room for that new warmer-weather wardrobe, it’ll have to be out with the old. Thankfully, Toronto has plenty of places that can make use of your previously loved goods, and in some cases, even make you a little bit of pocket change to put towards those new shoes you’ve been coveting. Here’s our roundup of our top five places in the six that will help give your clothes a second life:
1. Common Sort, 1414 Queen West & 800 Queen Street East
Common Sort elevates the thrift experience in its two sister locations at 1414 Queen West and 800 Queen Street East. Here’s how it works: bring clean, fashionable items in excellent condition, and a buyer on staff will select pieces and price them for the store. Take 25% of the list price in cash immediately or receive half of that price in store credit, which is good for one year at any location. You’ll love Common Sort’s impeccably organized rows of clothes, shoes, boots, handbags, and other accessories. With friendly staff and a four-star rating on Yelp, you may just end up finding a special item to kickstart your spring wardrobe.
2. Kind Exchange, locations throughout the GTA
Over the years, Kind Exchange has grown from an idea to foster socially conscious consumerism to a ten-store operation, with locations in almost every neighbourhood throughout Toronto. Each store offers cash or trade-in for gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories. Unlike other consignment stores, KX also will let you donate your clothing at select locations. You can feel good knowing that a portion of proceeds goes towards a local charity, and that your unwanted items may end-up styled on their much-loved Instagram feed. For more information and to find the location closest to you, follow the link.
3. Fashionably Yours, 709 Queen Street West
If you’re holding onto luxury items that you’ve purchased and now want to make a buck back, look no further than Fashionably Yours, Toronto’s designer consignment boutique. Dubbed the “best store in the city” by Global TV News and voted Toronto’s number one consignment store by BlogTO readers, Fashionably Yours accepts and resells your apparel, handbags, shoes, and accessories. Their consignment split or purchase is determined based on your item’s style, condition, original price, age, and demand. Track your luxury items online with their consignor log-in portal, available on their website. For more information, visit them on Queen West or visit their website here.
4. Value Village, 924 Queen Street East
While you won’t make any money off your donation to Value Village, you can feel good about knowing you’re giving back to the community and keeping clothes out of landfills. Value Village doesn’t just sell used goods, they also partner with recyclers who repurpose textiles as insulation and rags. Each location supports a nonprofit organization that improves education, fights disease, and helps children and families in need. For example, profits from the Lelslievlle Value Village, located at 924 Queen Street East, go towards supporting the Kidney Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Associations, and the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy. Who knew your old boots or bridesmaid dress could go so far?
5. The Red Door Shelter, 21 Carlaw Avenue
The Red Door Shelter is a local charity assisting families, refugees, and women fleeing violence. The shelter is always looking for donations that can help support women and children, although the needs of the shelter vary depending on time and season. If you are interested in making a donation, the website suggests contacting their In-Kind Coordinator at 416.915.5671 ext. 234 or via email at email@example.com. As of February 2016, the shelter is accepting gently-used seasonal clothing and shoes as well as new baby items. They also accept other household items like toasters, microwaves, dish sets, mugs, and blenders. The Red Door also can make use of your used furniture for their Move-In Program, which helps families get a fresh start in their new homes. For more information on ways to donate to The Red Door, follow the link.