Common Sort 10th Anniversary Party

Common Sort 10th Anniversary PartyCommon Sort 10th Anniversary PartyHappy Birthday CS!

Common Sort is now a decade old and last Friday we had an evening to celebrate just that. Thank You Kindly helped us pull the whole thing off with an unusual but seriously tasty food spread, a beautiful cake made by The Cupcake Shoppe, spiked orange juice that was an ode to youth (at least for me), great music, a late night dance party and plenty of conversation and laughter.

These past 10 years have seen two more Common Sort’s open and grow into a Toronto staple for thrift shopping. CS is more than the clothes we carry, it’s about sustainable fashion, creating less waste through recycling clothes, inclusivity and community. We love what we do and we love even more that you do too!

We’ve said it once (way more than that) and we’ll say it again…these 10 years would not have been possible without everyone’s support; customers, staff, friends, family, our neighbourhoods and communities, and of course our fearless leaders Nicole and Stefan, who work tirelessly to make Common Sort an amazing place to shop and work.

And a few words from Nicole…
“Where has the time gone? Can’t believe it has been 10 years already.
We have loved spending these years in the best neighbourhoods in the city; watching our regular’s lives change. We’ve seen your children grow and our teenage customers become adults. It’s truly been a pleasure and we are so grateful to our wonderful customers for 10 years of business.”

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What Would…

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When thinking of the Olsen twins and style they are usually thought of as a collective; two peas in a pod. But today on our ‘What Would _____ Choose?’ series, we are focusing on Ashley individually and the pieces she would choose from our shop. Although, I’m sure MK wouldn’t be opposed to sporting some of them, they probably share clothes anyways. Oversized, layered and comfortable are a few words that come to mind when thinking of Ashley’s style…

Common Sort | What Would Ashley Olsen Choose?vintage suede coat, size S – $75

Common Sort | What Would Ashley Olsen Choose?ripped Levi’s jeans, size L – $28

Common Sort | What Would Ashley Olsen Choose?Club Monaco bag – $25

Common Sort | What Would Ashley Olsen Choose?Mantles cardigan, size L – $26

Common Sort | What Would Ashley Olsen Choose?sunglasses – $10 + Aldo loafers, size 10 – $32

Common Sort | What Would Ashley Olsen Choose?Babaton loose tee, size XS – $20

Common Sort | What Would Ashley Olsen Choose?Joe Fresh knit oversized sweater, size S – $10

Common Sort | What Would Ashley Olsen Choose?Tiger of Sweden bag – $70

Designer Pieces / 2

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesToday we’ve got another roundup of some designer pieces we have in store. If you love designer but can’t imagine paying regular price for them, then thrift stores and consignment (or the internet) are probably your best bet. We are lucky to have sellers that bring in some pretty amazing designer pieces, so here are some of them at significantly reduced prices.

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesCéline leather boots, size 37.5 – $230

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesChloé jeans, size M – $120

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesDior sunglasses – $75

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesValentino Orlandi bag – $125

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesArmani Collezioni jacket, size M – $72

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesMiu Miu mules, size 38.5 – $130

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesDior suit, size S – $180

Common Sort | Designer Pieces at Affordable PricesCéline slingbacks, size 37.5 – $215

Five Under Twenty / 3

Common Sort | 5 Pieces Under $20Welcome back to another roundup of clothing and accessories you can find at our stores for under $20. It’s probably obvious at this point that shopping secondhand is generally much cheaper than buying new; not only do we keep an eye out for more expensive brands that you can buy at a reduced cost with us, but we also stock our racks with some brands that are already fairly inexpensive and offering them to you for even less. It’s possible to come away from shopping with us with an entire outfit that cost you less than $100, which is pretty darn great, if you ask us.

Common Sort | 5 Pieces Under $20vintage short sleeve turtleneck; size XL – $18

Common Sort | 5 Pieces Under $20vintage Rafferty skirt; size S – $17

Common Sort | 5 Pieces Under $20leather Keds; size 6 – $15

Common Sort | 5 Pieces Under $20velvet H&M pants; size M – $19

Common Sort | 5 Pieces Under $20JCrew stripped long sleeve; size M – $17

Get This Look / 4

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Each day – even several times a day – new things make it out onto the floor of our stores; no two days are the same. The vast selection of styles and pieces we receive make it the ideal place to find everything you need to recreate your favourite looks from around the internet. Today we are recreating this Parisian inspired, masculine look. It’s simple, classic and easy to put your own spin on if totally recreating another’s look is not your thing.

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Personal Styling Service

Common Sort | Personal Styling ServiceCommon Sort | Personal Styling ServiceCommon Sort | Personal Styling ServiceWe are so excited to announce that we are now offering a personal styling service at our stores. When Megan came into our lives we knew we needed to use her many years of personal styling and shopping experience to create a space where our customers could come to her to find what they are looking for. Whether that be a look for an event or a total wardrobe overhaul, Megan’s experience with seeking out individual styles, her keen attention to clients’ personal needs and welcoming personality make her the ideal personal shopper/stylist.

So, how does it work?
Easy! We have a questionnaire found on our site where you can fill out all the information Megan will need to pull pieces or looks that will be perfect for you. Depending on your needs, she will compose 5 separate looks for you to try on during your session. We will also be offering coffee, tea or wine during your appointment.

How much does the service cost?
Nothing! It is free and there is no obligation to buy anything from the session, but we bet you will want to.

Where will the session take place?
Your choice! You can pick the Common Sort location that is ideal for you for the appointment, however, Megan will search all 3 stores before your session so she can find the best of the best for you.

We are so happy to be able to offer this service and we can’t wait to offer you a relaxed, positive space to try on clothes and help you feel and look your best.

Holiday Inspired Pieces

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Sparkly maxi skirt – size L $18

With the holidays around the corner, we felt it appropriate to share some holiday inspired pieces we currently have in store to help you figure out what you will be wearing for the holiday this year. This time of year we have our eyes peeled for those pieces that would be perfect for easy days and evenings in with family or for that special party you may be attending. These are some of the pieces that caught our eye, for those who love being festive all month long, or those that just want something special for an evening sipping egg nog and eating a ton of gingerbread.

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Vintage a-line mini skirt – size S $25

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Vintage plaid mini skirt – size S $26

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Jenni Button sequin dress – Size M $98

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Dex gold dress – size M $22

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Elizabeth & James trousers – size S $63

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Banana Republic red trousers – size 2 $30

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Steve Madden velvet sandals – size 6 $30

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Topshop velvet heeled sandals – size 37 $30

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Banana Republic blouse – Size S $29

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Vintage scrunch top – size S $18

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Marciano sparkly purse – $38

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Box purse with floating sequins – $24

Customers in Common Sort

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SHARING THE LOVE

We love seeing our customers sharing their Common Sort finds on Instagram and around the web. It gives us a big smile on our ol’ mugs to see unwanted clothes given new life and styled in ways unique to each person. We thought today we would spread the love and show you some of our customers wearing their #csfinds.

*click the images to be linked to source (and maybe you’ll find your new favourite instagrammer here)

Common Sort | Customers in CS

Common Sort | Customers in CS

Common Sort | Customers in CS

Common Sort | Customers in CS

Common Sort | Customers in CS

Common Sort | Customers in CS

Common Sort | Customers in CS

Common Sort | Customers in CS

Inside My Closet: Erin Hemmerling

Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingWe are excited to be starting a new series where we visit the homes and closets of some seriously stylish and interesting people. Erin has been one of our beloved sales associates for a few years now, and just by looking at her you can tell she’s a cool and noteworthy gal. She let me snap some pictures of her bedroom and told me a bit about her favourite clothing pieces she has found over the years.

Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingTell us about your style.

Having literally just thought about it, my style is basically an accumulation of influences from all the female figures I’ve looked up to in life. My mom, my Barbies, the early 2000’s pop divas who’d make me late to school cuz I’d be waiting for their videos to come up on the Countdown, and my younger, purer self who dreamed someday of being a fashion designer (my million dollar design was a ¾ length baseball shirt with a heart in the middle) AND a DJ (I’m selling my DJ controller if anyone’s interested!!!)

My truest self comes out when the sun goes down – something feels weird about taking the TTC in broad daylight wearing my rainbow jumpsuit and 5-inch platforms, I guess. I’m a huge clothing collector and I’m not crazy about wearing the same thing twice which is why I’m so lucky to be a part of Common Sort. The funny thing is, a bunch of us CS gals live together and we NEVER share our wardrobes. I often end up coming home with Amalia or Meghan’s old clothes which had been sitting in their closets the night before. It’ll always comes back to the ladies in my life.

Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingThis is the dress I’m being buried in. It’s also one of the first pieces I ever collected when I started working in second-hand clothing. Missoni is one of my favourite brands, but you gotta admit they’re kinda hit-or-miss. Obviously the story of this dress had to do with a fancy grandma passing it down a few generations. I’ve only ever worn it once when working the Vintage Crawl and I distinctly remember wearing nothing underneath (Ou La La!) and later finding out from my co-worker that it was completely see-through (C’est La Vie!)Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingI am OBSESSED with hoops earrings. I have a monthly allowance for at least 2 multi-packs from Claire’s. They just compliment every outfit I own. I got my Erin earrings custom-made at the CNE on my birthday, cuz how could I not?Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingI attach memories to EVERYTHING I wear, and the last time I wore this cloud print shirt in 2015 I knocked over a lava lamp on stage at Double Double Land deeming myself “The Girl Who Broke The Lava Lamp On Stage At Double Double Land”. I am still not proud of this moment and I haven’t been able to wear this shirt since, but it’s still the best shirt I own and it’ll forever have a special spot in my second drawer.Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingI made these 8 ball earrings out of keychains. I have a growing keychain AND earring collection so it made sense to combine them. I think jewellery design is my next pursuit in life – but don’t hold me to it!!! Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingI don’t shop fast fashion stores often, but If I do, I’ll check out the sale section. The crazy thing about this two-piece is I found the top at Forever 21 and the bottoms at Zara. This has happened to me on a few occasions working in second-hand where I’ll buy something one season and have a totally matching piece come in the next, and every time it feels like it was meant to be. I once called this outfit “I just auditioned for ABBA Mania” and it makes its way out on special occasions. I’ll NEVER get over the fact that it cost me less than $20.Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingOk, these are a story. Whatever the internet says – listen to it. There is NO way to successfully apply glitter to Crocs.

I love to add a comedic element to my outfits when I can, and my friends know this. When my best friend Ashlyn got married this past May, she let us choose our own shoes to wear with our bridesmaid dresses. She was apparently going to let us choose our own bridesmaid dresses until she remembered she’d picked me to be in her wedding party.

I spent 3 nights decking out these Dollarama Crocs in $40 of fine glitter. I thought cheap foam would work better than the special plastic. We all grew up in small towns where Crocs became classic but I’d also had a weird feeling that they were about to make a comeback. There’s still glitter on our kitchen floor and apparently it’s forever embedded in Ash’s living room carpet.

As I was walking down the aisle, I felt the layer of glitter snag on the bottom of my dress and COMPLETELY lift up from the shoe. I thought I was going to trip up the altar and I think my heart sank further than hers. Luckily, I was holding her brother’s arm and made it up alive, but obviously my shoes did not. The photographer was just as sad as I was, but hey, at least my feet were comfortable!!!Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingMy method of thrifting has always been this: I walk into the store and pick up whatever (literally) catches my eye first. I’ve always been attracted to bright colours and crazy patterns, and this Custo Barcelona jacket was sticking out like a sore thumb – I HAD to take it home – so badly that I think I still owe my friend shopping with me $100 for buying it… (Sorry Pete)Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingThis jacket was the first thing I ever bought at Common Sort! Straight off of the repairs rack! I still haven’t fixed the giant hole in the shoulder but WHO CARES when you have an Ace Of Spades as a zipper pull. I dress thematically whenever I can and one of my biggest style regrets was not wearing this to the casino in Niagara Falls – my friends and I dressed up in wigs and fur coats instead. It probably wouldn’t have been worth it anyways considering we almost got kicked out for taking a picture of the Britney Spears slot machine.Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingThis is one of the first things I bought at our Common Sort in the Annex. I’d been feeling really down on myself for most of the summer, and when I found this jacket embroidered with “One Of The Elite” on the back, I couldn’t help but cheer up. I never thought a children’s dance jacket could make me feel such a cute confidence!!!