I originally published this post back in 2022, but have found some new sources for plus size vintage and consignment since then, so I figured it was time for an update. Happy hunting!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that vintage and second-hand shopping is more challenging when you are plus size. Luckily, there are some businesses out there that have stepped in to fill the gap. From small Canadian boutiques to giants like Poshmark, this is your guide to buying and selling secondhand plus size clothing in Canada.
Chubby Fem Thrift
Chubby Fem Thrift is a great place to search for wardrobe basics at very low prices. Shop by size up to 6X. Pickup is available if you are in Edmonton. chubbyfemthrift.com
Consign Your Curves
The original Canadian plus size consignment shop, located in Guelph, Ontario. If you haven’t heard of Consign Your Curves and its dynamic founder Carlie, you have been missing out! I have personally consigned with Carlie and it was a fantastic experience. If you are in the Guelph area, do not miss out on the opportunity to visit the boutique. You can also shop online although the selection is limited. Be sure to follow @consignyourcurves on Instagram for Instagram story sales. Carlie is also the founder of pearle, a plus-size line focusing on made-in-Canada spa robes and towels. consignyourcurves.com
The Consign Your Curves 11th Annual Sale is taking place on Saturday, May 13th, 2023 at the Evergreen Community Centre in Guelph. This is a big event where plus size folks get together to shop each other’s closets. I will be there this year, so be sure to stop by my rack to say hi! Check out Instagram and the Consign Your Curves website for details.
Curvy Thrift Co.
Curvy Thrift Co is an online boutique based out of Hamilton, Ontario. The shop stocks a lot of bright, fun pieces, as well as more everyday items and workwear. (Side note: their product photography game is A+.) There is a very large selection to choose from and more is always on the way, so be sure to check back frequently. The shop also offers local delivery and pickup. curvythriftco.com
FatCycled is a Toronto-based plus-size consignment business. They have a very good selection in a wide range of sizes that you can shop online at fatcycled.com. Be sure to give them a follow on Instagram as well @fatcycled.
Found For Us Plus
Based in Alberta, Found For Us Plus is a great place to look for more unusual vintage finds. I have a couple of vintage 1960s nightgowns from this boutique that are really special. It’s a great place to go treasure hunting. foundforusplus.com.
MalaMTL is a Montreal-based consignment boutique located at 5425 Des Bordeaux #101-F. They do not have a website so be sure to check their Instagram @malamtl for updates.
Poshmark is a marketplace where you can sell your gently used garments and purchase from other sellers across Canada. There is a very good plus size selection on the website. In my experience as a seller, buyers are looking for the lowest price rather than a fair price, so be prepared to get lowball offers for your items. For that reason, you may wish to consider consigning your more high-end items with one of the boutiques on this list or with a local consignment shop in your area. Potential buyers also ask a ton of questions and will often request measurements. It is very hands-on but it can be a good way to pass on the clothing you’re no longer wearing. When you sell your items you have the option of either using the credit towards purchases on Poshmark or receiving a payout. poshmark.ca (You can use my Poshmark code museinbloom for a $15 credit on your first order.)
SellTradePlus is a social media-based marketplace of secondhand plus size clothing with a focus on slow fashion brands. Sellers submit item photos and descriptions by email to SellTradePlus and if accepted, the item will be posted on social media. SellTradePlus collects a small commission fee on the sale. Not all sellers ship to Canada so be sure to check before purchasing. You can find the guidelines via the link in their Instagram bio. @selltradeplus
Although Canadians can’t sell on ThredUP at the moment, they can make purchases. ThredUP has an enormous selection to browse through; pretty much any brand you can think of is on here. thredup.com
XO – The Curvy Canadian