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London’s thrift store scene is thriving

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London is known for its cultural diversity and vibrant thrift store scene, offering residents and visitors a treasure trove of vintage finds and sustainable shopping options. These establishments cater to diverse tastes and preferences, providing a unique glimpse into the world of vintage fashion.

Filthy Rebena Vintage

177 Dundas St. and 144 Wortley Rd.

One notable thrift store making waves in the London community is Filthy Rebena Vintage. Founded in 2015 by Natalie Bradshaw and Darlene Davis, Filthy Rebena Vintage is more than just a clothing store, it’s a sustainable fashion haven. With two locations, one at 177 Dundas St. and the other at 144 Wortley Rd., Filthy Rebena goes beyond selling trendy clothes, it also promotes environmental awareness and supports local Canadian artisans. Through a curated selection of quality thrift, vintage, and wardrobe staples, Bradshaw and Davis empower customers to make environmentally conscious choices while looking fabulous.

Chaotic Closet

187 Dundas St. and 727 Richmond St.

Another noteworthy establishment is Chaotic Closet, situated at 187 Dundas St. with a second location at 727 Richmond St. The company was founded by visionary economics student from Western University, Ray Shil. Chaotic Closet aims to bring affordable vintage fashion to London’s bustling scene. Since its inception, Chaotic Closet has captured the hearts of fashion enthusiasts with its unique blend of vintage and modern second-hand clothing. With a team of dedicated staff, many of whom are Western University students, Shil has turned his vision into a thriving reality, shipping orders across Canada and overseas.

DugOut Vintage Co.

207 Dundas St.

DugOut Vintage Co., located at 207 Dundas St. and in the University Community Centre basement next to Western University’s bookstore, is another gem in London’s thrift store scene. Founded by Aaron Bakker and Cam Geddes, DugOut Vintage specializes in denim, jerseys, sweaters, and t-shirts inspired by sports and pop culture.

The journey of Bakker and Geddes from thrift store aficionados to successful entrepreneurs reflects their passion and dedication to vintage clothing. With recent expansions, DugOut Vintage continues to delight customers with its curated selection of nostalgic treasures, embodying a fusion of passion and entrepreneurship.

Drop Spot Vintage

605 Richmond St.

Adding to the mix is Drop Spot Vintage, a small business located at 605 Richmond St. Since its opening in Nov. 2023, Drop Spot Vintage has become well-known in London’s fashion circles for its curated collection of vintage clothing. More than just a shopping experience, Drop Spot Vintage focuses on providing customers with sustainable, high-quality, and nostalgic fashion at affordable prices. The store’s commitment to conscious consumerism is evident through its efforts to rescuing items from industrial warehouses and planting trees with every order.

London’s thrift store scene is a testament to the city’s vibrant culture of sustainability and local business. With Filthy Rebena Vintage, Chaotic Closet, DugOut Vintage Co., and Drop Spot Vintage, Londoners can access an eclectic array of vintage treasures that celebrate style and sustainability. These establishments offer unique shopping experiences and contribute to the city’s sense of community and environmental stewardship.

As London continues to evolve, its thrift stores remain integral to its cultural fabric, providing spaces for creativity, exploration, and connection. Whether you’re a seasoned thrifter or a newcomer, London’s thrift stores invite you to explore, discover, and embrace the beauty of sustainable fashion and community engagement.