One person’s closet cast-off is another person’s gently used, fashionable find.

85 per cent of Canadians participate in the second-hand economy and Alberta is particularly involved with the highest participation rate in Canada according to Kijiji’s 2018 Second-Hand Economy Index. With clothing, accessories and shoes being the most exchanged items, Calgarians are equally as stylish as they are sustainable.

Whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe or give some of your current closet items a new home, here are a few Calgary consignment shops that can help:

The Upside

There really is no downside to The Upside.

An online reseller of more than 200 designer brands, The Upside redefines the lifecycle of luxury clothing. All clothing items are curated with care, focusing on quality and current styles that buyers can acquire for a fraction of the original retail price. For sellers, The Upside’s consignment process makes reselling simple by providing complimentary at-home pick-up in Calgary and mail-in service across Canada.

How to consign: Make an account online and select at-home pick-up (Calgary only) or mail-in service.

Peacock Boutique

The Peacock Boutique makes sustainable fashion chic.

With locations in Kensington, Inglewood and the Beltline, each store has its own unique atmosphere where you’ll find trendy street fashion and vintage styles. In the interest of supporting the local community, what items are not sold during the season are donated to charity.

How to consign: Bring in your gently loved items to any one of Peacock Boutique’s three locations.


You can find everything from modern to vintage at Velour.

Founded by a Calgarian mother-daughter duo, Velour provides inspiration to expand and define your personal style. At Velour, you can buy high quality items at affordable prices, sell your gently worn clothing for cash upfront or trade your items for store credit.

How to sell: Bring in up to 50 items during business hours (Tuesday to Sunday). No appointment necessary.

Once Upon a Child

Your kid’s gently used clothing and toys can live happily ever after in a new home thanks to Once Upon a Child.

Once Upon a Child buys and sells children’s gently used clothing, toys, furniture and gear. Cash is offered upfront when your items are accepted by the store.

How to sell: Bring in your items during business hours. No appointment needed.

Clothing Bar Boutique

With all kinds of stylish finds, every hour is happy hour at Clothing Bar.

Like a sparkling glass of champagne, the clothing and accessories available at Clothing Bar are contemporary and fun. Located in Marda Loop, Clothing Bar hosts several events each year to showcase new finds and new products from local brands.

How to consign: Drop off your items any time during business hours. No appointment needed.

Danielle’s Consignment Boutique

Danielle’s Consignment Boutique is where fabulous fashions find new homes.

Located on the first floor of the Devenish, a charming, hundred-year old heritage building on 17th Avenue, this beautiful boutique collects and resells near-new designer and high-end clothing. At Danielle’s Consignment, you’ll find hundreds of seasonal styles at affordable prices.

How to consign: Schedule an appointment online.


At Vespucci, sustainability never goes out of style.

Located on Elbow Drive, Vespucci might be Calgary’s largest consignment shop with 8,000 square feet of space stocked with hundreds of items including high-end footwear, fur, accessories and evening gowns. You can shop Vespucci’s curated consignment collection in store or online.

How to consign: Bring in your gently used items Monday to Friday during business hours. No appointment needed.



Calgarians are equally as stylish as they are sustainable.

Alicia Van Hyfte
Thursday, August 15, 2019

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