I’ve been buying vintage since my last year of high school. I distinctly remember a pair of Saint Laurent-inspired kitten heel booties and of course, every single wash of vintage denim cut-offs you can imagine. Next came my Pink Floyd band tee (perhaps the only initial vintage piece I purchased that still resides in my closet) and calf-skin leather loafers. While my style has changed since then and admittedly, some of the pieces originally purchased didn’t fit to begin with, I’ve also learned a lot about shopping for those special, one-of-a-kind finds that I then don’t need to turn around and re-sell. Over the next few months, I hope to style and write about those tips & tricks I’ve acquired to ensure the quality and status of the piece but until then, here are a few of my favourite shops I’ve discovered along the way.

BRICK & MORTAR 69 vintage

69 Vintage – The first standing vintage shop I stepped foot into, after taking a sewing class at The Make Den which used to reside above their former Bloor St. location. Now relocated across from Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto, founder Kealan Sullivan opened up her first shop back in 2004; consider her a beacon of good vintage irl. 69 Vintage beholds the best vintage fur collection in the city (and beyond), by far, along with a huge selection of blue jean babes, smoking jackets, hats–you name it. Do yourself a favour and make this your first stop, as it was mine…

This is an excerpt from the article Where To Shop Vintage which originally appeared on http://ethcsofstyl.com/.