Amazing thrift stores in Montreal where you find the pieces of your dreams!
When you’re looking for rare pieces or vintage clothes 9 times out of 10 the answer is in one of local thrift stores in Montreal!
When we hear the terms “ thrift stores “ we think of used clothing as if it was a bad thing. However “ thrift stores” are much more than “used” clothing. They sell many other items that we use in our everyday lives. Some people may prefer to buy their clothing at a “regular store”.
Why Choosing Thrift Stores Rather Than Regular Stores?
They may actually turn up their noses at the word “ thrift store”. It all depends on the individual because you could find an outfit in a “thrift store” similar to one that you might find in the mall and. Sometimes the price is even more suited to your budget!
There is one thing you have to keep in mind when you shop in your local thrift stores in Montreal : patience. If you take the time and initiative, the game of “thrifting” is similar to hide and seek. You walk through a store that has older clothing and dig through racks and piles to seek out something that suits your personal style, or a style you hope to achieve. Some stores do make it easier for you by labeling or color coding the clothes. Others are not so helpful in the process. Montreal has many “thrift stores”. I visited several in the Saint Laurent ( Eva B, Le Magasin du Chainon , Friperie Saint Laurent) and Mile End ( Annex, Local 23, Citizen Vintage, Arterie ) areas.
EVA B (2015 St-Laurent Boulevard)
Eva B is a very unique store. This is place is in the top 5 most popular thrift stores in Montreal hands down. They provide food ( ice cream, slushies, with many vegetarian options including sandwiches, lasagna and burritos). Their drink menu ranges from water, chai espresso, cider and chai latte. On arrival you will be greeted with a cold beverage. Eva B is situated in a two level old home with patios. There are many couches to sit on. On both levels you can find similar items, shoes, clothing, change rooms, patios. The bottom level is where you can sell your clothing or pick up a new book to read.
FRIPERIE ST-LAURENT (3976 St-Laurent Boulevard)
Friperie Saint Laurent is a smaller store but has all the clothing that most “thrift stores” carry. I would dub Le Magasin du Chainon as a low budget winners. It has two small levels. They carry some name brands. They have quite a wide range of jewelry. Their statement necklaces stood out to me. Upstairs they sell a wide selection of DVDs, CDs, and books.
The following four stores ( Annex, Local 23, Citizen Vintage and Arterie ) are located in the Mile End area. What makes them different from the Saint Laurent area is three of the stores carry local Montreal Designers.
Citizen Vintage (5330 Saint-Laurent Boulevard) carries its own clothing line, which they sell in store ( which may vary from what is sold online) and online. What makes Local 23 different from the other “thrift stores” is that they have a sale section in the back. I would classify most of the Mile End Area “thrift stores” as more high end and modern but definitely unique in their own way.
Last thought about «Thrifting» In Montreal
As I have said in regards to Saint Laurent “ thrift stores”, “ thrifting “ is a game of pick and choose. It involves an element of fun. I feel that element was taken away in the Mile End stores. Although the set up was impressive, most of the “best quality” clothing had been picked out and put on display with the price jacked up. A $10 Bermuda shirt sold in the Saint Laurent area is sold for $30 in the Mile End area.
I think your choice between all the suggested locations is your personal decision but always keep certain factors in mind. If you want to spend that extra time in picking out great finds from the mass of clothing as is the case in Eva B. If you lack the patience and would prefer that the best has already been weeded out, then I would recommend the Mile End area. This leads me to a question: has “thrifting” become too trendy? What once was looked down on in the not so distant past is now becoming “trendy” for many individuals.
Let us know what you think in the comments down below!
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Let’s try something different for 2021, how about trading your usual dinner at home with candles for a nice and serene yoga session. You have to switch things up sometimes ladies and gents.
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A New World Order
I hate to break it down to you so abruptly but the world is changing, the world as we knew it, the way we consume, the way we think and even that good old Dress To Kill magazine is going through it.
As a young and inexperienced blogger back in 2016, I felt deep in my earth that paper was a dying medium and that the internet was about to carry the torch.
a hundreds of blog posts later, multiple attempts at building an online presence and literally trying to digitize the aesthetics & creativity I saw in magazines growing up.
I must admit 2 things: 1. what it takes to make fashion or information enjoyable is very hard to put together and 2 building an audience on or offline is a GREAT feat.
I grew to admire and respect my peers in traditional media because they made the most out of nothing at a time where Facebook and all those outlets were not a thing.
In case you didn’t know, Dress To Kill magazine is not your average magazine by any shape or form.
Promoting Canadian art and fashion from province to province was something seemingly unthinkable but they got it done.
From iconic covers with Lenny Kravitz and more iconic nights at le Mount Stephen to bring the whole industry under the same roof, DTK got it done.
Don’t take what I’m saying as a farewell note because today actually mark a rebirth for the publication.
Indeed, while the world was going all over the place, they went on a well thought out rebrand.
As you might have guessed, the biggest take away from this is the stoppage of the paper version of the magazine.
The focus is now digital but as I told you earlier, DTK doesn’t go halfway.
Their new platform will include an online boutique which once again is going to focus on shedding light on Canadian creators for men and women.
Do you think more magazines are going to make a full transition to digital?
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I’m always amazed at how people like to stigmatize the role or relevance of a personal development coach. They’re quick to label it a scam, a fad, something based on nothing but little they did know, they’re coaches around the world who impacts millions and millions of people in a life changing way. I was looking for the equivalent of a Tony Robbins in Quebec, my research undoubtedly came back to the same name: Marc Dumaine.
Mr Dumaine is more than a personal development coach, he’s a man with a story.
Not your average story either. From overcoming alcohol and drug abuse to obtaining a MBA to running campaigns for some of the biggest corporations in this province. Here’s a man of many battles.
Honorable mention too, these days Marc is focused on creating an international platform to impact as many people he possibly can.
The bottom line is this. This personal development coach is not unfamiliar with trials and tribulations, changes and transitions.
That’s why to me, in a time like this where everything is doing a 180 degree, I had to pick his brain and ask him how can you and I get over.
In this Q&A, we indeed ask Marc Dumaine about several things such as how to bounce back from the crisis, his keys to success and much more.
QUESTIONS FOR MARC DUMAINE
#1 How did you figure yourself out as a future entrepreneur and what was the key factor that made you take that route?
I was always an artist at heart and found that I didn’t it in any mole. After completing my MBA, I realized that my biggest assets were my differences. I decided at that moment to stop following what people expected from me and launched my own business. To me being an entrepreneur is an art form in itself. I have never regretted that choice since I launched Asana Coaching 10 years ago.
#2 How can someone go from being self-employed to an entrepreneur making money without physically being there?
The internet is booming with opportunities right now ! Even with the COVID-19, there is a redefinition of the way people consume products and services ! It is a TIME for being creative and look into endless opportunities ! Get out of our comfort zone and start being inspired by people who are already doing it ! Then, build yourself a right game plan with an amazing branding, and you are all set for the best adventure of your life.
If you’re interested in seeing him in action, he’s doing a Facebook live tonight at 7:30 pm and if you’re looking for some light in these dark times, that’s the place to be.
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