Waterloo Thrift & Vintage Tour

Thrift, vintage, second hand, preloved, antique, consignment, retro… whatever you call it – we love it! 

a red blue and yellow sign says "Vintage This Way" with a hand pointing to the left side.

Did you know Uptown Waterloo was home to one of the earliest vintage clothing businesses in Kitchener-Waterloo?! Join the tour to find out who made it happen!

Search for hidden treasures and refresh your wardrobe as we meet local business owners, discuss fashion sustainability and test yourselves with trivia!

You’ll have time to browse or shop at each store, get styling tips from your fellow STROLL-ers and get a personalized way to explore Uptown Waterloo.

You’ll leave the tour with a curated list of independently owned Waterloo and area thrift & vintage stores to continue your second-hand shopping journeys!

Tour Highlights 

  • 5 stores ranging from clothing, books and vinyl – including the best elevator ride in Waterloo!
  • Time to shop at most locations
  • Meet the owner of each business
  • Some super fun local vintage store history
  • Trivia contest along the way
  • ‘Best Dressed’ contest with prize!
  • Max 12 participants
  • Surprises yet to be revealed!


Led by: Juanita Metzger

Accessibility: Route follows paved city sidewalks on main streets, which are accessible for scooters & wheelchairs. 
Please Note: 
Several buildings have 2 – 4 steps at the front entrance. Please contact us (519-242-9255)  if you have mobility needs so we can determine if this tour is feasible for you.

Waterloo Thrift & Vintage Tour Details

Of course, we have the obligatory Liability Waiver and Release form that must be signed by each person in advance of joining the walk.  Why a waiver for a walking tour, you ask? Couldn’t get insurance without it. Stroll pays insurance… you sign the waiver. 

A sense of curiosity, a few questions and a willingness to learn something you didn’t know before.

Bring a shopping bag or cart for your purchases! 

Of course, dress for the weather; bring a hat, water bottle, umbrella, solid walking shoes (no flip flops!) and anything else you need to be comfortable on the walk. 

We walk rain or shine or snow! 

However, we do heed storm watches and warnings and would never put you in danger. Stroll may cancel and reschedule a walk due to an issued weather advisory. 

There will be a scheduled bathroom stop half way through the tour.

In most cases, yes. The walking tour guides have chosen routes with the best possible accessibility in order to accommodate as many people as possible. However, construction happens and we do our best to re-route safely.

The Thrift & Vintage tour includes several buildings that have 2 – 4 steps at their front entrance. 

If you have any questions about the accessibility of a specific walk, please contact us in advance of booking. 

We’ll say it again… Always arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time! If you arrive exactly at departure time, you’re already late! If you arrive really late, you might miss the tour if we’ve already moved on. 

We start on time to respect the timed visits we have at stores along the way.