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Best Second-hand Clothing Store

Elsie's

Because summers are short here in Nova Scotia, people don’t invest in it, fashion-wise. This is part of the reason why Maureen Elsie Court thinks the fall is so busy in her store. It’s that, and the return of the students, though she says these days the store sees more than just fresh-faced academics. “Lately my clientele has been balancing out,” she says. “It’s not all the younger kids, though they bring the energy and I love them.” Court, who carries new retail as well, isn’t someone to bring in a designer’s work she doesn’t think will appeal to her customers. “I personally have to enjoy something to bring it in,” she says. “I don’t like to fill the store with pieces that will just sit here.” (For example, a new arrival is a designer from Montreal, Celene Vatour and her Wa’ou label.) 1530 Queen, 425-2599

1st Runner-up: Dressed in Time, 5670 Spring Garden, 463-3444

2nd Runner-up: Lost & Found, 2383 Agricola, 446-5986

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