Have yourself a merry little thriftmas in Kingston

By Andrea Gunn

Explore Kingston’s thrift, antique, consignment, and refillery stores this season 

You want to find the perfect holiday gift, without breaking the bank or hurting the planet. Here are some creative options for you in Kingston. 


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1. A little bit of everything 

Verde Alternatives features a wide variety of made-in-Canada goods, as well as charming handmade Christmas ornaments, warm socks and pyjamas, and more.  Don’t waste paper: Wrap up your gift in a festive tea towel or choose a reusable tote. 

You never know what you’ll find at the Montreal Street Collective; they have used clothing, toys, household décor, and locally handcrafted items, including cards and candles.  

2. A new (to you) outfit  

Explore Kingston’s amazing used and vintage clothing stores, where you’ll be sure to find a unique outfit for a special occasion, from a holiday party to a wedding. From What’ll I Wear, a local favourite since 1995, to Kingston’s newest vintage clothing stores,  Moxie & Mine x Thrifty Girl, these shops have everything from jeans and warm sweaters to cocktail dresses  and bridal wear.  Be sure to check out YGK Thrift and ClosettCandyy Consignment for more great clothing selections. 

3. Shop for pampering and cleaning up 

Kingston’s refilleries have terrific options for gifts and for your household. Check out Harlowe Green and The Keep Refillery.  Put together a basket of handmade bath soaps, pick up some stocking stuffers, and bring in your own containers to stock up on everything from shampoo to laundry soap. 

4. Plan for entertaining and decorating 

At Kingston’s antique and vintage stores, you can find a perfect piece of seasonal décor, a unique piece of jewelry for a last-minute gift, or even chairs for the extra company around your dinner table this holiday season. 

In downtown Kingston, stop by Antique Alley for everything from mid-century modern furniture to fine china, vintage costume jewelry to novelty signs.  Antique Emporium offers both vintage and new items, with a great selection of kitsch. The Carson House in the west end offers not only high-end furniture on consignment, but also new home décor, including a nice selection of recycled art glass pieces. 

Looking for more ideas? Check out Unique Kingston stores and Go green: sustainable shopping in Kingston.