Looking for the best vintage clothing in Hamilton but don’t know where to shop? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this top ten list.
Here’s our 2018 list for Hamilton’s 10 best vintage clothing stores.
Starting off our list is Vintage Over All, an online-based children’s boutique. The boutique specializes in 1980s and 1990s toddler wear, featuring plenty of Disney prints, bright colours and pieces that look way cooler now than they were back in the day.
Vintage Over All is owned and operated by Meg Makins, a Hamilton-based entrepreneur that has a real eye for kids’ fashion. All of the shop’s pieces have been hand picked, gently used and have been kid approved by Makins’ daughter Clementine.
Pieces from Vintage Over All make for great baby shower gifts, birthday presents or just as an adorable addition to your child’s wardrobe. All pieces can be ordered through Vintage Over All’s Etsy store. If you prefer to arrange for a free in-person pick up, message Vintage Over All on Instagram.
Hamilton’s newest vintage clothing shop is Bang! Bang! Vintage. While the company doesn’t shy away from any era, most of their pieces come from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Bang! Bang!’s curated collection reflects each era’s popular styles and their alternative counterparts. The store not only caters to those who are looking for pieces that are a clear indication of an era, but to those who are interested in exploring older, niche trends.
While Bang! Bang! operates out of Hamilton, Bang! Bang! mostly serves as an online boutique. To see their pieces in person, they often do pop-up events and sell items at Art Crawl.
Girl on the Wing is a retail boutique specializing in vintage clothing and nostalgic wears. Located on King Street, the shop is a well-curated collection of pieces that have come from all different eras across all corners of the globe.
Whitney McMeekin, the shop’s director and proprietor, is known across Hamilton for her entrepreneurial heart and business endeavours. When she’s not busy running Girl on the Wing, you’ll find her organizing vintage focused pop-up events through her other business, Hamilton Flea.
Each vintage piece you find at Girl on the Wing is hand picked and often one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, Girl on the Wing will provide you with hand-selected, unique clothing items that will stand the test of time.
Hawk & Sparrow is a vintage clothing boutique geared toward men, women and all identities in between. Located in the Hamilton Art District, each vintage piece has been carefully selected for its beauty and timelessness.
The store offers a mix of high-end and low-end vintage, as well as second-hand and new clothing. When browsing Hawk & Sparrow’s vintage collection, you’ll find pieces dating back as far as 1910 all the way up to the 1990s.
If you’re looking for fantastic vintage options that span multiple eras, Hawk & Sparrow is a great place to shop. If you can’t find the time to visit their physical location, be sure to shop their Etsy store.
Calling all self-proclaimed hypebeasts! OMNES is your one stop shop to grab hand picked garments from the late 1980’s to the best designer goods and streetwear of today.
Beginning as a web store in 2013, OMNES settled into a King Street storefront earlier this year. Along with today’s hottest streetwear, OMNES carries plenty of vintage sport apparel. Whether you’re a fan of the NBA, NFL, CFL, NHL or OHL, OMNES always has some team gear in stock.
OMNES is what happens when vintage and contemporary streetwear meet. The shop is a great place to start if you’re looking to rep your team or up your style game.
Love timeless, wearable garments that can be worked into any wardrobe? Tout Sweet Vintage is the store for you.
Tout Sweet Vintage is a carefully curated women’s wear collection with an emphasis on bright colours, beautiful patterns and feminine touches. Allison, the shop’s owner, makes sure that each hand picked piece is a reflection of her own style, aesthetic and values.
Operated out of Hamilton, Tout Sweet Vintage is an online only boutique. If you are interested in any of Tout Sweet Vintage’s products, in-city pick-up is available.
As a company, Thrifty Designer aims to reuse, recycle, repurpose and repair quality used clothing. With a little love and creative flair, Thrifty Designer breathes new life into some of Hamilton’s best vintage.
At Thrifty Designer, you’ll find well fitting, well-constructed garments made from high quality fabrications. While some of the shop’s vintage garments come in looking immaculate and don’t need any repairs, some need some extra help to recover their old charm. As a lifelong sewer, the shop’s owner is able to not only repair the pieces but to repurpose and restyle them into a brand new product.
The pieces found at Thrifty Designer range from every day staples to luxurious jackets and jewelry. If you love all things vintage with a creative edge, Thrifty Designer is a must visit.
Having opened in 1983, Déjà Vu has served Hamilton’s vintage lovers for 35 years. Carrying almost every type of clothing you could imagine, Déjà Vu’s storefront is covered from floor to ceiling in vintage pieces.
Déjà Vu offers a wide selection of goods from across the last six decades. No matter what decade you’re shopping for, you’ll be able to piece together an entire outfit – shoes, pants, shirt, handbag and an assortment of accessories. Whether you have a genuine love for a certain style or want to have the best themed costume, Déjà Vu has got you covered.
With such a large selection, it’s best to visit Déjà Vu on a day you have plenty of time. It might take a while to comb through each rack, but you’re bound to walk away with a great purchase.
When it comes to the city’s vintage clothing stores, Out of the Past is a Hamilton staple. Operating for over 25 years, the store strives to make the world a more beautiful place one body at a time.
Out of the Past offers only quality vintage items in excellent wearable condition. With several thousand of items in stock, all of the Ottawa Street shop pieces have been around for at least 20 years.
If you’re looking to take a trip to the past, or a walk down memory lane, Out of the Past is the perfect spot to do so.
Coming in at number one is VintageSoulGeek. This Hamilton vintage boutique is home to an incredible assortment of hand picked items, ranging from the late 1800’s all the way to the 1990’s.
While VintageSoulGeek has been providing Hamilton with an outstanding collection of clothes since 2011, the shop recently gained notoriety across Hollywood. VintageSoulGeek provided a large portion of the wardrobe for Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece The Shape of Water. Not only did the sci-fi flick earn global recognition, but it also took home four trophies at this year’s Academy Awards.
When shop owners Nik and Connie are not busy providing Hollywood with period-authentic wardrobes, they’re placing their heart and soul into their shop. Their hard work, dedication and inviting personalities continue to make their customer base grow.
With beautiful items, helpful owners and one of the best vintage selections across the GTHA, VintageSoulGeek is a must visit.
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