Sustainable Shopping: The Best Places to Secondhand Shop in Edmonton

By Heather Gunn

When we need new clothes or home decor, it’s easy to head over to the nearest mall and shop at chain stores like Old Navy or H&M. But ‘fast fashion’ as it’s called isn’t always the most sustainable way to shop.

Next time you’re looking for some cool new home items or need a wardrobe refresh, try shopping at secondhand, thrift, or vintage stores!

These are some of our favourite secondhand shops in Edmonton:

Caprice Consignment

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This West Edmonton consignment boutique features women’s wear, accessories, and shoes. Being a consignment store, they buy your gently used designer items for a certain price, and women shop the items for lower than retail prices. Consignment is a great way to find unique pieces and not have to pay brand-new prices.

Learn more here: http://www.capricewest.com/

Vespucci Consignment

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This large boutique near downtown features higher end consignment. They also have a Calgary location!

Learn more here: http://www.vespucciconsignment.com/edmonton/

Goodwill Industries of Alberta

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With several locations and a great reputation as a secondhand retailer, Goodwill should be first on your list when it comes to thrift shops. They offer a huge selection of women’s, men’s, and kids clothing and accessories, as well as home wares and other miscellaneous finds. Goodwill is also an awesome organization to donate your old/gently used items to.

Learn more here: https://www.goodwill.ab.ca/

The Junque Cellar

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This is one of the best hidden gem stores in Edmonton. Located in a basement shop on Whyte Ave, this quirky store has almost anything you can think of. They often have vintage clothing, records, jewellery, and more (even candy!).

Learn more here: http://www.oldstrathcona.ca/Directory/282/junque-cellar

Old Strathcona Antique Mall

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The Old Strathcona Antique Mall is where you’ll be sure to find interesting antique treasures. They have a huge space in Strathcona, including a retro cafe where you can fuel up before shopping!

Learn more here: https://www.oldstrathconamall.com/

Value Village

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We can’t forget about Value Village! It’s one of the most popular thrift stores, and they have multiple locations in Edmonton. They offer a variety of clothing, home decor and other items. Around the fall, you can even find brand new Halloween costumes, accessories and makeup here!

Learn more here: https://www.valuevillage.com/

What are your favourite secondhand shops in Edmonton? Let us know!

Power up the Planet is and Edmonton based non-profit aiming to reduce e-waste in our community. Find us here: poweruptheplanet.ca

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