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Rookies will determine that Thrifting isn’t going to be a one-time venture, it usually becomes anywhere from the occasion outing for the fun of it to an obsession. The bottom line is to take your time explore and enjoy. London has become a thrifters destination with more than twenty thrift stores. I have included details of some these stores below.

Are you new at Thrifting? Here are a few simple hints to make your experience that mush more pleasurable.

Simple Style
Don't judge a book by its cover. Some of the grungiest thrift stores have the most mesmerizing vintage pieces for a steal. It's no secret that thrifting takes work. It's not a normal shopping experience where everything is color coordinated, perfectly arranged by designer and season. You may have to even search for your size.

Tirelessly looking through countless racks, checking each piece before purchasing can be cumbersome. But don't fret. I'm sharing the best kept secrets that'll have you thrifting like a pro in no time.

1. Be open to what you'll find.
Every time I've walked into a thrift store with an item on my thrifting want list, I never end up finding it. If you go in wanting a specific item, you may not be able to find exactly what you want and will end up frustrated and overwhelmed. That's why it's important to keep your eyes and mind open. Don't just look in a specific section, look ALL OVER THE STORE. I mean everywhere.

2. Season changes are the best time to shop.
If you're a savvy shopper, you know that shopping out of season saves you big bucks. Stores put their items on mega-clearance, which is a gold mine for saving tons of money. Storing out of season items may take up closet space until the next season, but it's well worth it. Thrift shopping is the same way.

When seasons change, people tend to do big cleanouts of their homes, giving away unwanted items. Right after the holiday season, some people who bought tons of new stuff often purge themselves of old items. It's also an ideal time to be a thrift shopper in the spring, when people "spring clean" their closets after the long winter.

3. All thrift stores are not created equally.
Second-hand stores, thrift stores, yard sales, antique shops and vintage shops all have a unique inventory and finding what you're looking for is unfortunately never a guarantee. But you can have better luck if you go to the right kind of thrift store or vintage store.

Need an affordable, last-minute dress shirt for an interview? Going to a vintage store may not be your best bet, as they're likely to carry specialty, designer pieces. Looking for a gorgeous, sequin holiday dress that won't break the bank? A consignment or thrift clothing store should do the trick

3. There are prime days to shop thrift stores.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days. Normally it takes 24 to 48 hours to process all of the weekend's donations, making them readily available just in time for you when you arrive at the top of the work week!

4. A must-have piece doesn't fit? Take it to the tailor!
Just because a second-hand clothing item doesn't fit your curves on the first fitting, that doesn't mean you have to leave it behind. Bigger items can often be brought to a tailor and taken in for a relatively small fee. This is especially wonderful for designer items like coats, suits, dresses and jeans.

5. Don't be afraid to leave empty-handed.
Although everything may be inexpensive, it doesn't mean your efforts have been fruitless if you leave empty-handed. Some days the pickings are great, and you'll leave with arm loads of clothes; other days you'll be lucky if you find a single thing worth trying on. Don't give up. Thrifting isn't going to be a one-time venture; take your time and explore everything, and be patient waiting for new donations come in.

London Thrifting:

The following are some of the London Thrift stores. Most of the ones shown are part of not-for-profit organizations established to help those in need.

Relatively New to the London Thrift Store Market is Teen Challenge Canada Thrift Store. Teen Challenge operates a 12-month in-residence drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for men & women 18 years and older with centres located in Alberta, Atlantic Canada, Saskatchewan and Alberta. They offer help and hope to those struggling with alcoholism and/or addiction to other drugs.

Teen Challenge Canada has opened an 11,000 square foot thrift store, now in its second year, located at 1200 Commissioners Road East, London, Ontario in the Pond Mills Mall (beside Food Basics and Dollarama). As a social enterprise operated by Teen Challenge Canada, all proceeds go back to the ministry to help men and women in our community find freedom from addiction.

Along with helping to fund the ministry, the thrift store provides opportunities to have some of the 65 students at their largest centre (Ontario Men’s Centre located in Lambeth, ON just outside London) acquire new or improve existing job skills and gain valuable work experience as they work with donations of used clothing, housewares and furniture.

To help support the Teen Challenge thrift store, donations of gently used clothing, housewares, sports equipment and furniture can be dropped off from Mon - Sat, 9am - 4pm or call (519) 518-5060 or 1.855.630.4642 for pick-up.

Visit Teen Challenge Thrift Store today for quality used items and help see more men and women find freedom from addiction. Store hours are Mon to Fri, 9am – 8pm and Sat 9am – 6:00

Teen Challenge Canada
1200 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario (In the Pond Mills Mall beside Food Basics and Dollarama)
Store hours
Monday to Friday 9am – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 6:00

National Recycling Operations' (NRO) role, within the context of The Salvation Army, is both to generate funds to help The Salvation Army achieve its mission, and to influence positively the communities in which they operate. The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs, and be a transforming influence in the communities of the world.

By operating successful Thrift Stores and integrating with the mission and work of The Salvation Army as a whole, we exist to be a functioning and thriving modern day model of William Booth's conceived "Household Salvage Brigade" through which the marginalized and excluded of society will be refreshed and regenerated by way of meeting their practical needs.

Salvation Army founder, General William Booth was a visionary who effected great change on an international scale. As founder of the Salvation Army, General Booth responded to social concerns in the 19th century by creating an organization designed to meet the needs of all humans without discrimination. In response to the need for jobs and affordable merchandise, coupled with the fear of disease and a desire to preserve the land, Booth created the Household Salvage Brigade composed of a group of men and women, responsible for collecting unwanted household items.

More than 100 years ago, General Booth recognized and responded to social and environmental challenges that we continue to face today, further illuminating not only Booth's insight and social conscience but his compassion. Booth's legacy lives on through the work of The Salvation Army and the recycling retail brilliance of the Salvation Army Thrift Stores.

Today, with your help, we continue to raise the bar with a relentless and unwavering commitment to the cause.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store
1960 Dundas St
PHONE: 519-451-0178

The London St Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores

St Vincent de Paul London is committed to helping the poor in the London community. The main service of SSVD is the distribution of food, furniture, and clothing vouchers to those in need. These vouchers are then redeemed for the corresponding necessities at our 585 York Street thrift store.

SSVP London is the London Particular Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We serve 13 parishes in London and the surrounding area. The council’s role is to coordinate activities of the parishes, serve the conferences by furthering charitable activities, and encourage continuity in serving the poor.

There are two St Vincent de Paul thrift stores locations offering affordable clothing, furniture, household items, toys, books, and more to the entire London community.

Quality furniture awaits your upcycling ideas and designer clothes give your wallet a well-deserved break!

Come in and find your next great treasure.

Why buy new when you can help the environment and your community by visiting us!

585 York Street
London, ON, N6B 1R6
(519) 438-7071
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday: Closed

1005 Elias Street
London, ON, N5W 5K9
(519) 433-9210
Monday to Friday: 11 am to 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mission Services of London – Mission Store

Thanks to our 100+ store volunteers yearly and generous donations received continually, we are able to run two unique programs that provide assistance to our community:

We provide families and individuals in need with free clothing/household articles by way of a voucher system, used by 60+ referring community partners.

Client vouchers filled: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We have run the Warm Hands – Warm Hearts Outreach Program since 1995. We partner with local elementary schools from November to February to provide needed winter clothing items without any cost to recipients. Deliveries are made monthly by way of our Mission Services van.

797 York Street at Rectory – plenty of free parking
T: 519.438.3056
F: 519.434.1956
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Mission Thrift Store
Not to be confused with Mission Services Mission Store

Mission Thrift Store is a volunteer-driven, non-denominational Christian organization that currently operates more than 50 thrift stores across Canada.

Mission Thrift Store London offers quality new and gently used clothing, furniture, books, toys, and other household goods. The store is staffed with volunteers who are passionate about the community, and many of the regular customers say they love shopping at the thrift store because of the great atmosphere. New volunteers are always welcome! Come check us out!

We provide used goods in a department store-like experience for value-conscious shoppers, who can find deals they can feel good about. Our stores convert donated goods into cash, and the net revenue is devoted to the joint ministry of BFM Foundation (Canada) and Bible League Canada to support leadership and literacy programs in over 43 countries — giving people access to the life-giving, life-changing, Word of God.

Staff and volunteers believe there is a deeper purpose to everything in life, including shopping. Our mission is to save you money, save the planet and tell the world about the saving work of Christ.

The adventure of shopping at a thrift store being enjoyed by everyone.

Active volunteers contributing to their communities and a world-changing cause with increased sense of purpose. Investors realizing real business results with an investment they can feel good about.

Literacy on the rise and with it the most amazing story — the story of God’s Love for mankind — changing hearts around the world.

In the fall of 1988, two gentlemen from Chilliwack, BC joined the Bible League’s ministry tour to India. Throughout the tour they learned about the history, culture, religion and economic situation of the people there. They also visited new emerging Christian churches that were established as a result of the relationship between Bible League Canada and its Ministry partner. The trip left both men with a desire to help the people of India and on returning to Canada they became involved in discussions with the Director of Bible League Canada. They ultimately established a thrift store, donating the net revenue to Bible League Canada so Bibles could be distributed to the people of India. Since then, Mission Thrift Stores have grown to over 50 locations across the country.

Although we have recently rebranded, our purpose remains the same:

Serving to place the Living Word of God worldwide in Joint Ministry with Bible League Canada.

Bible League Canada ultimately strives towards this goal through the careful placement of God’s Word in various parts of the world. Mission Thrift Store plans to continue this mission through opening more stores across Canada.

Mission Thrift Store
2020 Hyde Park Rd,
London, ON

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Sunday Closed
Donation Hours
Monday – Saturday 10:00 am - 04:00 pm