When you learned the “3 Rs”, “recycle” came last. Reduce and reuse are much more important steps. We can add to that our “R” list items like “repair” and “rethink”. Both structural and individual actions are required in order to significantly reduce our waste as a society. One way that we can take action is to source the items that we truly need through “reuse” channels: that is, second-hand or thrifted. Manitoba has a wealth of consignment and thrift options both in person and online. You can buy nearly anything you need second hand, from furniture and appliances to clothing and accessories; cars, bicycles, formal wear, electronics, music, toys, baby gear, sports equipment, and more! Are you stuck in a rut of looking in the same second-hand stores, and struggling to find a new option? We’ve compiled a list of all the consignment and thrift options we could find in Manitoba. Are we missing any of your favourite places? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it!
Note: Green Action Centre is not affiliated with or endorsing any of the stores or options on this list, which is intended to serve only as a directory.
- Childcycle Consignment (also has some toys and books etc; online only with popups)
- Once Upon A Child (also has kid’s toys and books, and some baby gear, as well as a few new options) 1600 Regent Ave West, Unit 2-A; 1330 Ellice Ave Unit A
- SweetPea Threads (online Winnipeg kid’s consignment)
Speciality: Maternity, Wedding, Sports
- Ever After Maternity Consignment 7-823 Corydon Ave and online (studio times are limited)
- Pearl and Birch (wedding consignment for decor, accessories, shoes, and dresses; also includes dress consignment for non-wedding formal wear) 539 St. Mary’s Road
- Things for Royal Winnipeg Ballet (thrift and consignment for dining and glassware, jewelry, linens, and furniture)
- Play it Again Sports (sports gear) 1375 McPhillips St. Unit 8; 730 St. Anne’s Rd. Unit U.
This list is organized alphabetically.
- Canadian Goodwill Industries Stores: 70 Princess Street; 3431 Portage Ave; 317 St. Anne’s Road; 1540 Pembina Highway; 17-2136 McPhillips St.
- D’Arcy’s ARC Thrift Store 1076 Main St.
- Ellice Buy and Sell 804 Ellice Ave
- Fresh Start Thrift 887 Notre Dame Avenue
- Habitat for Humanity ReStores 1081 Ellice Ave. ; 60 Archibald St.; 1565 Inkster Blvd.
- Helping Hand Thrift Store 1825 Main St.
- Just Like New to You 635 Portage Ave
- Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Stores: 644 Burnell St.; 407 Chalmers Ave.; 511 Selkirk Ave
- MCC Furniture Thrift 18 Keewatin St.
- Mission Thrift Store – 144-701 Regent Ave
- Mother Earth Recycling (refurbished electronics: computers, laptops, TVs, DVD players, printers, receivers, etc) 771 Main St.
- Mulvey Flea Market 421 Mulvey Ave
- Nearly New Shop 961 Portage Ave
- Prairie Crocus 919 McLeod Ave
- RaY Level Up Gift and Thrift 415 Graham Ave
- Salvation Army: 1424 McPhillips St; 1080 Nairn Ave; 97 Sherbrook St; 1030 Empress St; 3511 Roblin Blvd; 3421 Portage Ave; 2195 Pembina Highway
- SuperThrift Winnipeg 1016 St. James St (In support of Adult & Teen Challenge)
- Things for Royal Winnipeg Ballet 913 Corydon Ave (thrift and consignment for dining and glassware, jewelry, linens, and furniture)
- Thirsty’s Flea Market 1111 Ellice Ave
- ThriftSome.ca (online only)
- Thrive Thrift Shop 555 Spence St
- Up Shoppe 382 Selkirk Ave
- Value Village 970 Nairn Ave; 1695 Ellice Ave; 942 Jefferson Ave; 1729 Pembina Hwy; 3629 Portage Ave
Online Consignment and Thrift
There are many online marketplaces where people buy and sell used items. Etsy features many vintage sellers. Poshmark has some professional thrift sellers and many individuals who are re-selling everything from books to household goods, but primarily clothing, shoes, and accessories.
(these ship to you, regardless of where they sell from)
- Instagram – many people and businesses have Instagram accounts where they curate and sell secondhand items
- MEC GearSwap – outdoor adventure gear
- SidelineSwap (sports gear)
- The RealReal (luxury consignment)
- ThredUp (ships from the US)
These platforms are available in many locations, but generally require users to make a personal, local connection to exchange goods and/or money.
- Facebook Marketplace (must have a Facebook profile to use)
- Craigslist (this is not very active in Canada)
- Buy Nothing Group (hyper local and Facebook-based, check here to see if you have a local group and to join – or start a new one!)
- Freecycle (the web page is not all that active, but if you’re local to St. Boniface or St. Vital, here’s a Facebook group that is)
- BUNZ Trading zone (app, and in Winnipeg, a facebook group)
Manitoba Consignment and Thrift
Help us with this list! Are we missing any? Are any listings out of date? Please let us know in the comments so we can make sure this list is as complete and up to date as possible! Our staff are based in Winnipeg and many of these small stores have little to no online presence to confirm details beyond name and location.
- Altona: Altona MCC Gift and Thrift, 24 Main St
- Ashern: Goodwill, 16 Main St.
- Austin: MCC Thrift Shop, 7 Bromley St
- Beausejour: Togs N Treasures, 730 Park Ave
- Brandon MCC (414 Pacific Avenue)
- Nearly New Shop (601-9th Street)
- T & Bees Thrift Store (711 Rosser Ave)
- Value Village (1408 1st Street)
- Adult and Teen Challenge Super Thrift Brandon
- Building Re-Fit Store (building supplies, reopening spring 2021)
- Y’s Choice Consignment Shop 602 Rosser Ave.
- Brandon ReStore 630 Rosser Avenue
- Once Upon a Child consignment (also has kid’s toys and books, baby gear, and a few new options) 1240 18th St.
- Nine Lives Fashions, 40 1st St. St
- Carman MCC Shop, 11 Centre Ave
- Dauphin: Almost New Store, 220 Main St. N.
- Gladstone: Gladstone Treasure Chest, 26 Dennis St. West
- Grunthal Community Thrift Shop, 185 Main St
- Gospel Echoes Team Thrift Stores
- Lac du Bonnet: Mrs. Lucci’s Attic: Second Hand Store, 75 Third St.
- MacGregor: MacGregor MCC Used Furniture Thrift 102 Hampton St
- Manitou: Manitou Thrift Store
- Minnedosa: Frontier Trading Company Inc, 151 – 9th Ave SW
- Morris: Morris MCC Thrift Shop 163 Charles Avenue W
- Niverville: Niverville MCC Thrift Store, 246 Main St.
- Oakbank: Another Time Around, 530 Main St
- Plum Coulee: Plum Coulee Thrift Shop, 275 Main Avenue
- Portage la Prairie:
- McKenzie United Church Thrift Shop (A-45 Saskatchewan Avenue East, 204-240-0032). Clothing and household items
- Portage MCC Thrift Shop (149 Saskatchewan Avenue East)
- Riverton: Riverton MCC Thrift Shop, 18 Reggie Leach Dr.
- Selkirk House of Economy Incorp. 246 Manitoba Ave
- Twice Over Inc 214 Manitoba Ave
- Snow Lake: The Second Glance, 82 Balsam St.
- Somerset: Somerset Villa Thrift Shop, 283 Carlton Ave
- Local Matters Thrift Store
- Steinbach MCC Thrift 409 Main St
- Teulon: Kozy’s Productions, 92 Main St
- The Pas: New to You, 108 Edwards Ave
- Thompson: Charlie’s Store, 43 Fox Bay
- Winkler MCC Community Store, 325 4 St.
- Gospel Echoes Team Thrift Stores
- Winnipegosis: Winnipegosis Thrift Stop Ltd., 160 1st St.
Some of these options are income-tested or have other criteria to qualify for accessing their services. Please contact the organization directly for more information to access services or if you wish to donate items. This is not a complete list.
- Manitoba 211 (searchable resource for community supports, also call 211) – includes listings for free clothing and much more
- Centre Flavie-Laurent (Clothing, household goods, furniture) 450 Provencher Blvd
- Dress for Success (women’s clothing for employment)
- Gowns for Grads (women’s formalwear for graduating highschool students)
- Suit Up Winnipeg gently used suits and men’s formalwear for graduating highschool students, for grad and job interviews.
- Winnipeg Dress Collective Dresses and suits for weddings (suits through EPH apparel partnership) – must apply. Not currently accepting donations due to Covid-19.
- Hands of Hope (furniture & household goods)
- Koats for Kids (accessed through service organizations; winter clothing for children and families)
- Oyate Tipi Kumini Yata (clothing and furniture)
- Siloam mission (clothing, hygiene products, underwear) call 204-956-4344 for information on accessing the clothing closet
- Tupper Street Family Resource Centre (Portage la Prairie)
- Union Gospel Mission (clothing at Family Life Centre)
- Wolseley Family Place (clothing, other services provided)
Facebook pages for free items and help:
Don’t forget there are so many more ways to get access to the things you need without buying new! Borrow, rent, share, or source secondhand: here’s just a few more ideas:
- Need a new cellphone? Try buying a refurbished one from a mobile phone repair shop, or even your phone service provider! If you are buying online privately, be aware you should run the IMEI against the blacklist (link here) to protect yourself against stolen devices – this isn’t foolproof, but it helps.
- If you choose to or need to drive a vehicle, secondhand saves a lot of money and helps the environment! Buy privately or through a reputable used-car dealer.
- Only need a vehicle occasionally? Try carshare or rentals! Peg City Car Co-op has both member and casual options for carsharing in Winnipeg, and rentals are available more broadly. The total cost of car ownership, between depreciation, repairs, insurance, and maintenance, is significant; rentals, carshare, and even the occasional taxi can save you a lot over the long run.
- Secondhand music – if you’re not buying your music online or using a streaming service, you can buy records, tapes, and CDs second hand from thrift stores or music dealers.
- Even appliances can be found used! Examples include Gill’s Furniture and Appliances and Elmwood Appliance
- The lists above do not include options for vintage or antique finds, which are characterized by being from particular time periods in the past. Manitoba has many vintage and antiques curators both online and offline.
- Clothing including formal wear and maternity clothing can be rented – even some formal dresses! Sprout Clothing offers Canadians a clothing rental option – they specialize in maternity but offer other styles as well.
- Rent a tool: grocery stores and hardware stores often rent tools like carpet cleaners and specialized power tools that you may only need for a short time.
- Auctions, estate sales, and garage sales (which can be run by individual homeowners or by larger groups like churches) are yet another source for second hand items!
- The Winnipeg Public Library has a Makerspace, which includes access to recording studios, sewing machines, and more (check with the library regarding Covid-related restrictions)
- ArtsJunktion mb has a tool lending library (membership starting at $30/yr)
- The Millennium Library in Winnipeg has a Musical Instrument Lending Library
- Little Free Libraries are a worldwide phenomenon – find all kinds of free books, or leave a book, at these micro lending stations. Click the link for a map to find one near you!
- Spence Neighbourhood Tool Lending Library (currently suspended)
- Community Bike Shops sometimes sell used bikes, and offer tool-sharing to either members or the general public, for bicycle repair.