Whether you've gone secondhand to save money, save the environment or save yourself from chucking separates that don't seem to go with anything in your closet, there's something distinctly satisfying about scoring a long-lost designer piece, vintage poster or that leather jacket that's been off the market for decades. It doesn't get much more exclusive than that.
But which Montreal vintage shops, friperies, and secondhand stores should be on every fashionista's shortlist? Here's a list of some of the top Montreal boutiques where you can satisfy your desire for everything vintage.
Les Folles Alliées
Les Folles Alliées, owned by the creative Isabelle Spellemecker, who’s been in the business for years, is the place for antique dresses all the way up to vintage wear. You'll find interesting things for the guys, too. You'll find everything from high fashion to costume wear for the theater, cinema props, garb for street entertainers, and more.
Address: 365 av. du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal (Qc) H2T 1R1
Phone: (514) 843-4904
Kitsch 'n' Swell
Montreal vintage shop Kitsch 'n' Swell is filled with '50s memorabilia and clothing. It's the place to find a poodle skirt, the cat-eye glasses, tiki glasses and more. You may even encounter some taxidermy items or collectible banknotes. Rokokonut, next door, is under the same ownership and features vintage clothing, accessories, and toys like Barbie dolls.
Address: 4065 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W 1Y7
Phone: (514) 358-6336
Eva B is not the place for the beautifully merchandised clothing and collectibles but it's a great place to poke around to look for old TV sets, 40s clothing, toys and things you can put together for a costume. Follow their Instagram feed to see what's new. They have a cafe where you can pick up a coffee, tea, smoothie, hot cider or hot chocolate and even a stage for special events. It's been termed "weird," but the three-story shop is fun to explore.
Address: 2013 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2X 2T3
Phone: (514) 849-8246
ERA Vintage Wear
ERA Vintage Wear is stylish in a vintage sort of way. It's the kind of place the vintage clothing aficionado can pursue their sense of style. They look at what the designers are borrowing from years gone past for inspiration and then they go out and the find the real item... an 80s blouse or a 50s shirtwaist dress. You'll find merchandise from the 20s to the 90s. 1 percent of their profit is given to fight cancer through Pink Ribbon. They also have an Instagram feed for inspiration.
Address: 999 du College, suite 44, Montreal, QC H4C-2S3
Phone: (514) 543-8750
Luxury by Sharyn Scott
Sharyn Scott's Luxury boutique is for the high-end vintage shopper. While you may not find super bargains, everything is in great condition. Luxury by Sharyn Scott is a consignment shop located in the Westmount district. You'll find luxury vintage items such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Marie Saint Pierre, Prada, and many more.
Address: 4916 Sherbrooke St W, Westmount, QC H3Z 1H3
Phone: (514) 484-6507