Montreal thrift stores?
June 11, 2019 5:43 AM   Subscribe

Rainy day in Montreal and I would love to find some thrift stores

Online searching hasn't helped too much. We are staying near Mcgill. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by InkaLomax to Shopping (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The one I know best is the one closest to us, Renaissance on Mont-Royal. (1330, Du Mont-Royal Avenue East, Montreal Quebec H2J 1Y5). That's a fairly large chain of thrift stores, so you can look around their site and search for others.

There is a large Village des Valeurs at Pie IX and Ontario. I have never been in, so I can't say too much about it -- only that it looks big from the outside. (Hélico Café is a lovely cafe in the area if you make it out there.) That's another chain.

The other places I know are less thrift shops and more antique/vintage shops, which doesn't sound like what you're looking for. But let me know if I'm wrong. Hope this is some small help.
posted by veggieboy at 6:02 AM on June 11

* Eva B (2015 St Laurent) is a really fun & eclectic vintage/thrift store. They have a cafe and they often give you free popcorn when you come in. Upstairs they have some more expensive clothes which can be fun to look at.
* Le Magasin du Chaînon (4375 St Laurent) isn't too far from you.
posted by oranger at 6:45 AM on June 11 [3 favorites]

A street I'd normally suggest you try, Saint-Hubert, is under heavy excavation and reconstruction this summer, and while you can walk along the sides of the dig, it's not the pleasantest experience. However, they do have a Salvation Army store at 7066 (there are others), a Fripe-Prix Renaissance at 6960, and Friperie des Valeurs at 6853, meaning you can drop up to Jean-Talon metro station (follow the exit signs to Saint-Hubert), pop around the corner and have a look at all 3 of them, and then you'll find yourself close enough to the Jean-Talon farmers' market for lunch, coffee and/or food shopping.

Saint-Laurent Street, just beyond the market, is the main street of Little Italy, and also has attractions in food (Milano Italian grocery, plus a range of restos, not all Italian), coffee (Caffè Italia! Conca d'Oro! San Simeon!) and places for beer (Birra, Saint Houblon, Vices & Versa). Then if you've had enough, you can go another step to St-Urbain where you can catch the 55 bus down close to where you're staying.
posted by zadcat at 7:40 AM on June 11 [1 favorite]

If you're looking for higher-end stuff, Ruse Boutique at 5141 St Laurent has a nicely curated collection of second-hand designer stuff.
posted by deadtrouble at 8:10 AM on June 11

Oh, and... on Saint-Hubert, the SQDC is at 6872.
posted by zadcat at 12:25 PM on June 11

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