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.”
A couple Fridays back we had the pleasure of participating in Ryerson School of Fashion’sRedux fashion event. Our amazing personal shopper and stylist Megan styled the entire show (save for the footwear) and we had a pop-up shop where we sold selected pieces from our stores. The night was filled with two dance performances accompanied by a runway show, nibbly bits and drinks.
It was a really fun event and incase you weren’t able to make it out we got some photos from the evening.
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…
Welcome 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.
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.
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)
There are so many styles out there to be appreciated. Some people just really know how to put together a great outfit that works for them. Whether it’s over the top eccentric or subtle Parisian chic, there is inspiration all over the place. We thought it would be fun to imagine what some of the most revered style icons would choose from our store.
Incase you aren’t familiar with Iris Apfel – which I’m sure you are, at the very least, you’ve probably seen her picture – she is an interior designer. In 1950, she and her husband launched a textile firm called Old World Weavers until they retired in 1992. During this time they worked on several design projects, among them, design restorations of the White House for 9 different Presidents. Along their many travels Iris started buying non-western, artisanal pieces that she would wear to her meetings. It’s easy to see how she got noticed and quickly became the face of ‘you can wear whatever you damn well please at any age!’
From high-end to low-end, we get quite a mix of pieces coming in daily. Our higher end pieces get a lot of the lime-light…I mean ACNE for under $100…hello! but we also understand some people shop with us not for brand names, but because it’s significantly cheaper than buying new (and not unethical). Today we are giving a bit of the lime-light to our inexpensive pieces, 5 pieces under $20, a new series we will be sharing here.H&M trousers size XS – $16
We frequently get questions about how to sell to us, and we usually give a spiel similar to this…“Bring your clothes in a bag, we buy seasonally and right now we are buying for _____. We price what we want for the store and of that price you get 50% in store credit or 25% in cash”…that’s the very basic information we give, but have you ever wondered how we really pick pieces for the store? What are the big no-nos for us that will possibly help you decide what items to bring to us before you lugg over a heavy bag. In this post we are going to give you the low down on how it works here and what we look for.
WHO: Anyone! We buy women and mens clothing, and we are always looking for great mens stuff since we don’t see it as much. If you are looking to downsize your closet and have some pieces that feel too special to donate, or you are looking to trade some old clothes for new ones, we are the place for you!
WHAT: We buy casual clothes you could wear from day to night, as well as accessories like hats, bags, shoes and gloves. We do not buy jewelry. We are all about trendy pieces, well-known brands, some designer and some vintage. We look for pieces in great condition (no holes, stains, wear, etc.) BUT! there are some things that are cool with wear…that grungy band tee…we might like that.
WHERE: We have two locations in Toronto (and maybe one more to come…shhhhhh). One is located in Parkdale (West end) at 1414 Queen St. W and in Riverside (East end) at 800 Queen St. E.
WHEN: We buy everyday on a first come, first serve basis. It is hard to say what day or time of day is best (ie, not busy). Weekends and Mondays are always busy, you can be sure of that. “The earlier you come in the better” is a general rule we tell people. The Summer is always busy for us, like REALLY busy, and we have been known to turn people away if they come too late in the day.
HOW: Bring your clothes in a bag, we generally say a 4 grocery bag maximum so as not to overwhelm our buyers and allow for everyone who comes in to be able to sell to us that day. Our buyers will give you an estimated time of how long it will take to look through your items and price them based on how much you brought in and how many people are ahead of you. During that time you are free to wait, shop around the store or go about your errands and come back by the end of day. We do not hold items over night, so please make sure you bring them on a day when that works for you. Be aware that if you bring in a lot of designer items, it’s going to take longer – we authenticate each designer piece, and that takes significantly more time.
SEASON: We buy seasonally and we are pretty strict about that. Feel free to give us a call (416-463-7678) if you are not sure what season we are buying for, but our website is usually up to date with that information. However, we do have exceptions to the rule. If it’s a great designer piece that is out of season, we may very well take it. On-trend brands like ACNE, any Aritzia brand, Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, to name a few, we will probably take out of season, as long as it’s in good condition.
CONDITION: Condition really matters to us and can make or break a piece. It’s always a good idea to wash your clothes before you bring them to us; if something has a smell (smoke, B.O, and the like) we won’t take it. Particular things we look for is piling, armpit stains, yellowing collars, moth holes (or any hole), rips (unless it’s trendy rips, like in your jeans!), missing buttons, broken zippers, broken elastic, worn down heels on shoes…those are the types of things that will usually cause us to say no to a piece. If you have the time, it would be in your favour to sew on any missing buttons and do spot removal where possible.
STYLE: Style is really a hard one to explain. Knowing what is on-trend in fashion will definitely help you pick the right things to bring in. If you aren’t really sure it’s always a great idea to browse through our store and check out the type of clothes we have. Brands that are usually popular for us are Aritzia brands, Rag & Bone, ACNE, JCrew, Club Monaco, Alexander Wang, JBrand, Levi’s, Philip Lim, Oak + Fort, Vans, Converse, Frank & Oak, Prada, Versace, Coach, Zara, Frye, Hunter, Rachel Comey, COS, American Apparel, Dr. Martens, Judith & Charles, Topshop, vintage pieces if they are in great condition and currently trendy…the list certainly goes on, but what you can gather from those examples is that they are brands that are usually well made and/or pretty much always on trend.
We hope you find this helpful and feel free to leave any comments below if you have any further questions, or we can be reached at 416-463-7678.