Summer 2014

Lindsay’s Latest

What always amazes me about shopping at the Kind Exchange is that you’re able to find the hottest trends of the season – second hand and at a great price! So what are the hot trends this summer? Rompers, 90s throwbacks, and of course…it’s also wedding season!

This month, I was able to find a Guess romper at the Danforth location for only $15.The back detailing is gorgeous and it can easily be dressed down with some flat sandals or dressed up with some strappy high heels.




I was also able to find a Talula sundress with a 90s silhouette for only $19 at the Annex location. I paired the dress with a vintage leather bag from Queen West which was also $19 and my favourite geological ring ($6 from the Annex location).




And of course, wedding season is upon us. Why bother spending a bundle on a dress when you also have to pay to attend?! I found this Everlee dress at the Yonge and Eglinton location for only $12. To dress it up for a wedding, be sure to add a pair of strappy heels (from the Annex location $19) and you’re ready to dance the night away!




So if you’re on a budget and still want to keep up with the latest trends be sure to visit one of the MANY Kind Exchange stores across the city. The helpful staff are always eager to help you find the perfect item for any occasion and of course, make your day!






Ethical Option for Some Seriously Awesome Clothes!

Thanks Kaila Wilfert for telling the readers of Long Distance Neighbors all about us!

Living Ethically by Being a Better Neighbour


The Kind Exchange
As Adrienne mentioned, I’ve been dealing with some house issues recently. With all this rain Toronto has gotten, it appears my roof is leaking into my bedroom. On top of that, my best friend has recently gotten engaged and wedding planning has begun! However with all the life chaos there is still something that I think everyone should be very aware of this summer (shopping season) in Toronto, and that is an ethical option for some seriously awesome clothes!
The Kind Exchange

Used clothing is a great way to reduce your ecological foot print and get some extra mileage out of clothing that would otherwise be thrown away. When clothing often comes with such a high human cost, it only makes sense to use it for as long as possible.
In Toronto the most known (and biggest) options for used clothing are Value Village, Salvation Army and Goodwill. All of these have great potential and with much time and commitment you will inevitably find something you may like, or even love.
The Kind Exchange takes a bit of that endless searching out of your fashion adventure because nearly everything in the store is high-end and relatively new. They currently have 9 locations in the city and give a portion of their proceeds to The Canadian Cancer Society and The Partners MS Centre at Bringham & Women’s Hospital.

Buy & SellThe brands available at The Kind Exchange are not just whatever was left in whomever’s back closet. Here you can find everything from Alexander McQueen to Versace and everything in between.

Along with buying up all these goodies, you can also sell some of your own stuff. After the long winter you can take a look in your closet and see what you can get rid of; bring your items down to the store and they will give you cash on the spot for anything they take a fancy to. Be sure that you are bringing in quality and gently used items, as non-brandname or damaged clothing will be much less appealing for sale.

Trade & DonateAlong with the normal options to buy and sell clothing, The Kind Exchange gives you the option to trade in your old clothes for new ones. By trading in older clothes you double the value of the cash you would have received instead!

Finally you can also just donate old clothing. As a gift in kind you will be making some extra space in that closet of yours, and also feel good knowing that part the sale of your clothing will be going to a good cause.
You can see all their locations HERE and also them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get a heads up about what is in the stores, and also about great deals.


Lindsay’s Recent Finds at KX

I am overjoyed to be able to spread the news and be a part of my absolute favourite place to shop!

I began shopping at Kind Exchange as a way to stay on the budget I had set for myself in order to pay back student loans. It has now become my go-to stop (AKA addiction) for the perfect find. With a growing number of stores and loads of designer finds, there’s something for everyone – and you’ll end up spending a lot less!! Plus, the wonderful staff will always help you source out items that suit your personal style.

What have I found recently? So glad you asked…



Exhibit A – The Office: This is the perfect everyday work outfit for the office! Designer, fashionable, and comfortable! All for about $70. Michael Kors black pants (found at the Yonge and Eglinton Store for $15), a Wilfred top (found at the Annex store for $12) and a Michael Kors cashmere sweater (also found in the Annex for $35). Oh, and did you notice the Coach purse? I picked it up at the Queen and Bathurst location for $35. Seriously – how can you go wrong!


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Exhibit B – Date Night: A unique high-low dress paired with my jean jacket and flat sandals. I found this dress at the Yonge and Eglinton location in the middle of one of our killer snowstorms. I just knew that this steal (at $15) could be dressed up or down for a night out this summer. This is my favourite purse and honestly my favourite KX find to date. It was $19 at the Queen and Peter location, and is made from Brazilian leather. I love the gold detailing and I am constantly asked “where did you get that!”


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Exhibit C – Casual Saturday: Crop tops are the “must have” item this summer and a solid maxi is always in style. I can always count on KX to help me look stylish and be comfortable without breaking the bank. A grey Maxi (found at the Annex store for $19) paired with a crochet crop top (found at the Queen and Peter Store for $9) and Coach purse (also found at the Queen and Peter store for $25). I also find unique jewelry at the Annex store a lot. The wonderfully bohemian necklace and the ring were both $6 each.

These are just some of my fabulous finds for the summer. I’m sure there will be more to share!

I’d love to see what you’ve found – What are your favourite KX finds? Tweet and/or Instagram your favourite finds and tag @TheKindExhange and @ChampagneDream5 (Twitter) / @Champagne_dreams_to (Instagram). You can always read more on my blog too!

Happy hunting friends!



Poppin’ Tags

Thanks Morgan Cadenhead from for the blog love!


Poppin’ Tags at The Kind Exchange

June 26, 2014

I come from a line of women who’ve mastered the art of thrift shopping. My Mother in particular is truly impressive when she steps foot in a second-hand or antique shop. She often isn’t looking for anything in particular, but almost always leaves with something (usually much to my Father’s dismay). Sometimes it’s a piece of furniture for a DIY project, other times it’s been valuable artwork that’s been sold for chump change, and every now and then it’s a piece of brand-name clothing that can’t be passed up.



She makes thrift shopping sound and look easy, but don’t be fooled. It takes a certain kind of person who’s up for the challenge to tackle a Value Village – one who’s patient, willing to sift through a lot of junk to find buried treasure, and who knows a good deal when they see one. I for one am not as talented as my mother and grandmother, but I like to think I’ve been cutting my thrift-shopping teeth since I moved to Toronto with so many vintage shop options around beyond your standard Sally Ann or Goodwill.

My most recent thrifting discovery? The Kind Exchange. You’ve likely heard of it by now if you’re in Toronto, as locations are opening up quickly in popular neighbourhoods across town. It’s my newest guilty pleasure, since it’s a consignment shop that carefully curates its inventory and always seems to have a ton of fun stuff to comb through when you’re out and about with some free time to kill. They’ve got a strong presence on Twitter and Instagram, making it easy to see what’s new at their various locations (new items are snapped and hashtagged with which store you can find them at) and they even let you hold items you spot online by calling and confirming you’re planning to come by and grab them. I did it with these pair of like-new Dr. Martens and was beyond stoked to scoop them up for $59!

If you’ve got some clothes you’d like to get rid of, The Kind Exchange will be happy to check out what you’ve got and if they like anything you have, they’ll pay you cash right on the spot to buy it or will offer to put store credit on your account. My two cents? Go for the store credit – you get more cash value that way, and next time you’re perusing the racks and find the perfect vintage summer skirt, you’ll be glad you had the money on your account to scoop it up for a mere $9.00 (psst – that’s what happened to me with this gem).

So, whether you’re new to thrift shopping or a seasoned pro like my Mom, The Kind Exchange is a welcome new addition to the variety of second-hand stores in Toronto and a fun way to pass the time. I highly recommend you check it out if you’re wanting to hunt for some good deals!


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