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Best Second Hand Clothing Store in Kingston

second hand stores, used clothing, pollKingston is home to numerous second-hand stores. These shops are popular with people of all types from those who value the idea of recycling clothing, those who enjoy a good deal, hipsters looking to further their non-conformity, and people who are in the market for a Halloween costume. Whether your choice to shop at second-hand stores is environmentally, financially or fashion driven, Kingston has a wide variety of options.

Of course, not all used clothing stores are created equal. Value Village, The Salvation Army, The March of Dimes and Bibles for Missions rely on donations to stock their stores and provide more than just clothing, including books, music and household items. The Revolving Door is a women’s consignment shop where customers can bring in their gently used clothing and jewellery for the store to sell on their behalf. Downtown Kingston’s two second-hand shops, What’ll I Wear and Phase 2, sell clothing that has been selected and purchased by the owners from private wholesalers, with What’ll I Wear specializing in retro and vintage clothing and accessories.

Most of us have shopped in second-hand shops at one time or another and a large number of us do it regularly.  This week we want to know:

Which second-hand clothing shop is your favourite?

  • Phase 2 (21%, 19 Votes)
  • The Salvation Army (20%, 18 Votes)
  • Value Village (20%, 18 Votes)
  • Revolving Door (17%, 16 Votes)
  • What'll I Wear (14%, 13 Votes)
  • Bibles for Missions (4%, 4 Votes)
  • March of Dimes (4%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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Tell us why you voted the way you did. Are you a regular second-hand shopper? Or perhaps you make regular donations and have a particular store you prefer to donate to. Let us know in the comments below what you think about Kingston’s used clothing stores.

Thanks to alexmontjohn for the picture associated with today’s post.

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Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

7 thoughts on “Best Second Hand Clothing Store in Kingston

    • January 15, 2014 at 9:10 am
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      Apparently they moved to Armstrong Rd. near the Frontenac Mall. Anyone know if the store is still there?

  • January 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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    Isn't Value Village a private company? so why would people donate there?

    • January 17, 2014 at 8:57 am
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      Value Village supports local charities. Here's a blurb from their site:

      "We do not buy goods from the public directly. Instead, we gladly accept your donation on behalf of the local nonprofit organization with whom we partner in your market. We pay local nonprofits every time you drop off a donation at one of our Community Donation Centers. Because we pay them based on the volume of goods we receive, the more you donate, the more money they get for their programs and services."

      You can read more about it here: http://www.valuevillage.com/FAQs.aspx

  • March 24, 2014 at 1:46 am
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    This saves a lot of money. If you will just look carefully, you will find great dresses in this kind of clothing store with high quality fabrics. I will check this store soon.

  • December 8, 2015 at 10:44 pm
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    Articles in the Value Village Stores are highly overpriced, I have even often seen things from the dollar stores that VV prices higher………..their prices are ridiculous!!!

    • January 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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      Value Village is very aggressive in soliciting donations & put March of Dimes {Mod Shop} & Goodwill out of business as their donations evaporated. . Without this competition VV have been able to raise prices.

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