Originally Posted by tonylamer
In terms of thrift stores, there's nowhere in Toronto (or the GTA) where you're going to find high-end stuff with any kind of frequency.
If you go to thrift stores occasionally, this would be true. This will be because there are full time flippers who scour the stores on a daily basis. By the time you get there after work, all the good stuff was already bought.
If you're trying to build a business wardrobe or sell on eBay for a living, then it's not going to work.
If you have a few grand to spend, then the best consignment shop is the Extoggery on Avenue Road. Everything there is SF-approved, and I've bought Brioni, Cucinelli, Borrelli, Prada, etc. there. A Brioni suit in excellent condition will run you $500. And they've had Brioni sportcoats kicking around for months at $400.
Agreed, and make an effort to get to know the staff. If you are a regular, and extra nice to them, they may even check in the back for you. If you don't. they'll probably just blink their eyes at you and say, 'we don't do that here.'
Off the Cuff isn't what it used to be. They get in a lot of stuff from younger guys at Yonge & Eglinton who think that Etro is the height of men's fashion. The Extoggery pulls in customers from Rosedale--including one confirmed billionaire sighting.
He was probably selling or donating. Millionaires or billionaires don't have to shop at second hand stores.
Also know that you will NEVER find a pair of decent shoes in any Toronto second-hand store. And ISAIA, Kiton, and Borrelli tailored pieces don't exist in the city.
Not true. They most certainly do exist. You are not looking in the right places at the right times.
I'll be generous. Here are 2 places:
Try Goodwill Sherbourne location downtown but be prepared to fight for it. The flippers there are extremely aggressive. This is why I stopped donating to that location but that store is geographically located just south of Rosedale, an upper class area.
Also, there used to be the Emblem Road distribution Centre for Goodwill. I don't know if it still exists or not but that one location was the motherlode. From that one location they distribute to the entire citys other locations. They also sell by weight. Example- a bag of shoes for $20 and if you can spot a good pair or two in a bag, you would just leave the rest. If this location still exists then be advised that the regulars are very agressive and rude so be prepared to stand your ground. If you haven't the stamina then stick with Extoggery or Ebay.
If there are any regular Toronto thrifters on SF, don't expect them to tell you their 'secret' hunting grounds on a public forum such as this one.