Spring is finally on the horizon, which means it’s almost time to start packing away our winter sweaters and knits, and breaking out our favourite summer attire. While most of us don't buy a whole new wardrobe every year, it can be nice to refresh your style ahead of a new season. If you're looking for some budget-safe, eco-friendly options, these epic Ottawa thrift stores are a great place to start.

While most Ottawans are super excited to say goodbye to the cold and snowy winter season, it can be tough to stash away all of your favourite snuggly jumpers and sweaters.

That said, it’s time to start getting prepared for the warmer months, and heading to the city's best thrift stores is a great way to refresh your closet without breaking the bank.

Even better, you could take the opportunity to do a little spring cleaning. Sort through all of your unworn and pre-loved items, and take anything you no longer use or wear to a local charity shop or donation centre.

Before you start shopping online or in fast-fashion stores this spring, why not check out these awesome local thrift stores first? You might just find that one-of-a-kind item that you’ve always been dreaming of!

Rikochet Resale

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Address: 255 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON & 3777 Strandherd Dr, Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: This store is full of big name brands and designer goodies at a fraction of the retail price. They have plenty of fancy-AF purses and shoes too, but shopping here will not bust your budget.

St. Vincent De Paul

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Address: Various Locations

Why You Need To Go: If you want that little feel-good factor whilst you're shopping, this is the place to be. You can find some amazing hidden gems in here, and they'll probably cost you less than $10. The best part is, all of your money goes directly to charity. 

Clothes Encounters Of A Second Time

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Address: 67 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you don't like the idea of rummaging for goodies for several hours, this is for you. The staff have already done the hard part and found beautiful, branded garments. All you have to do is choose your favourites!

Ragtime Vintage Clothing

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Address: 43 Flora St, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: While this vintage store is a little more expensive than the average thrift store, you'll love experiencing this extraordinary little shop. With retro vibes everywhere you look, this is a one-stop-shop for anyone who's all about the nostalgia factor.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store

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Address: Various Locations

Why You Need To Go: While you do have to be prepared to be patient when rifling through these stores, there's a good chance you'll find an unbelievable bargain. With most items priced between $1.99 and $10.99, you could take $20 in and nab a whole new spring wardrobe.

Mission Thrift Store

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Address: 1826 Robertson Rd, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're really on a budget, look no further than Mission Thrift. This Ottawa location is jam-packed with pre-loved bargains, and you'll find great deals here on everything you need.

Value Village

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Address: Various Locations

Why You Need To Go: There's a reason that Value Village is so popular among thrifters. Many of the city's locations are absolutely huge, so as long as you're prepared to do some serious rummaging then you're almost guaranteed to find something special!



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