|Inside the St. Vincent de Paul outlet|
Nestled among some of the city's most spectacular waterside parks (some of which I have looked at before and more of which we will be featuring as summer approaches) the communities of Mimico, New Toronto and Long Branch are increasingly diverse. They also have often very quirky and old-school commercial strips.
In recent years a number of "Thrift" style shops have opened that are real gems for those looking for a wide array of items from inexpensive furniture, clothing, books and movies, to ephemera, kitsch, art, sports memorabilia and antiques.
We are going to look at five worth the trip. All have prices frequently well below market and two of them are, in fact, charities dedicated to helping the community and those in it who are struggling or living in poverty. Their sales serve to both provide needed items at good rates and to use the earnings for programs.
Specialties: Furniture, clothing, books, movies, toys, kitchen items, knickknacks
Location: 60 Newcastle Street, 416 503-2472
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a Catholic charitable organization dedicated to helping those living in poverty.
|Picked up a near MINT copy of the Gourmet 2004 cookbook here...for $2!|
The store is a true hidden gem that sells everything from inexpensive bars of soap, to socks, to frying pans, to furniture, clothing for all ages, books and movies. All donated and all
You can also bring donations of appropriate items here for sale and distribution.
2) Great Finds
Specialties: Clothing, books, movies, kitchen items, knickknacks
Location: 2358 Lake Shore Blvd. W., (416) 255 - 6282
|Got this gem at Great Finds...for $5|
Like the St. Vincent de Paul outlet, Great Finds is charitable and aims to help the local community directly. It has an excellent selection of clothing, books, dishware and some movies and trinkets (as well as the occasional art piece) for really cheap prices (there are almost no items over $5) and a good cause! Due to size it does not carry furniture.
Donations of many types are accepted as well. Call for details.
3) Treasure Hunt
Specialties: Sports memorabilia, antiques, ephemera, records, books, movies
Location: 2897 Lake Shore W. (at 6th St.)
The Treasure Hunt is where I dug up many of the vintage postcards shared on the blog in the past few months.
It is a combination thrift shop and antique store that carries inexpensive books, movies and records (yes...old style LPs) but also a lot of sports memorabilia ( of widely varying value ), antiques and ephemera.
A charming spot with a very eclectic selection.
4) Pirates' Vintage Thrift Boutique
Location: 2862 Lake Shore Blvd W, 647-703-9574
Size-wise the smallest of all of the stores we have featured, This thrift shop is packed with art, kitsch and ephemera -- as well as stocking books, DVDs, LPs and VHS at really low prices.
It also gets some collectibles in...like Star Trek mugs that this blogger cannot resist!
|$20 for the 2...seems more than fair!|
5) Long Branch Furniture
Specialties: Furniture, kitsch, art, knickknacks
Location: 3513 Lake Shore Blvd W, 416-251-3637
While the shop can be hard to navigate, it also has plenty of other items as well, from vintage mugs, to paintings and photography, to LPs and books, to figurines and whatever happened to make its way in.
Bill (the owner) and his gang are a Long Branch fixture and the store is well worth a visit -- especially if you are in the market for a nice cabinet or table...or a velvet Elvis beside some dogs playing poker.
|Elvis...via Satellite from Hawaii...wish I still had my record player!|
See also: A Walk in the South Etobicoke Snow