Shopping in Kingston
A few things to Know
Have a Question about a Product?
Ask a store employee. They are great sources of information. The internet is also a good place to research items.
Places to Shop
Second Hand Stores
- Used Clothes, Furniture, Housewares, etc.
- low price, little variety, old styles and modern styles
- check the quality carefully before you buy the item
Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Flea Markets, or Rummage Sales
are usually held in front of homes or apartments and are very visible from the
street (mostly in the Spring and Summer).
sales occur at people’s homes where the owners have looked through all their
possessions and have decided to sell the items they no longer want.
prices (you may be able to bargain here), not a wide variety, old and modern
quality carefully before buying, as the sellers seldom accept returns or
find out where and when a garage sale is on, look at the last few pages (known
as the classified ads) of the Kingston
Whig Standard and Kingston
newspapers, or on signs posted on bulletin boards or in your neighbourhood
the street on a map of Kingston and walk, ride or drive along until you pass by the
sale; if a phone number is posted, you can call and ask for directions
sure you are able to transport the items home
- prices are low – everything usually under $5.00
- good variety of household items, stationery, toys and more
- items may be low quality
Discount Department Stores
Prices are relatively low, the variety of items is usually wide. You can find almost anything at one of these stores.
are stores that sell only one thing (such as clothing or shoes or furniture)
and the salespeople are very knowledgeable about the items they are selling
items at these stores are usually more expensive than in discount stores
stores are mainly in malls but there are some downtown
stores are generally located in the west end of Kingston
for notices from students who are leaving Kingston and are selling their
furniture and appliances cheaply in order to get rid of them. Better yet, talk
to other students to find out if they know someone who has completed their
studies at Queen’s and will keep you in mind when they want to sell their
- The internet can be a very
easy and effective way to buy and sell used furniture and household items.
- There is a very active
student-run Facebook group called Free
and For Sale for students to sell and
purchase used furniture and household items within the Queen’s
community. Some items are offered for free.
- Other sites, not
affliated with Queen’s, are available to
buy and sell used goods, and include Kijiji
- Items listed may not be
exactly as advertised, so be careful when making deals online.
More information and understanding your rights as a consumer