While owning (or let’s face it, renting) a home in Toronto these days feels out of reach for many, stores selling furniture and decor are aplenty. A 2017 study from Summa Strategies, found that 78 per cent of millennials in Canada prefer to buy furniture in physical (brick and mortar) store. These vintage and antique shops around the city will help you find that one-of-a kind piece to spice up your space in a way that’s a bit more sustainable and a lot more special than big box retailers.
Passion for the Past Antiques & Collectibles
Address: 1646 Queen West
Target customer: The antique junkie
This quaint and quirky Parkdale staple specializes in antique and collectible kitchenware and jewelry. Owners John and Joe Hogan have had their shop for over 20 years, curating all sorts of interesting pieces from the Victorian era all the way to the 1960s. Items are reasonably priced and sales and negotiations are a common occurrence at this spot. If you’re looking for a unique piece to dress up your dining table over the holidays, this cluttered treasure trove is the place to go digging. Additionally, their rare wares make amazing gifts for that antique collector in your family. Unique to many antique shops, you can also search through their stock online from the comfort of your home and they offer worldwide shipping.
Address: 28 Roncesvalles
Target customer: The curious cat
From the outside, this Roncesvalles spot doesn’t look like much more than a garage sale and tiny storefront, but step inside and you can easily get lost in this maze of a store. Toronto resident Catherine Huizenga moved her tiny shop down the street from the shop’s previous location six years ago turning it into the