There is nothing wrong with furnishing your home with brand new, modern furniture and decor. But if you want your possessions to tell a story, go antique hunting. Antiques can add instant character to any space. Whether it’s a vintage sofa or that perfect little conversation piece in the corner, it’s worth spending some time searching for antique treasures. Here are some of the best antique shops in Toronto.
Eclectic Revival (3075 Dundas St. West) began as a traditional antique furniture shop back in 1985. In 1998, the light bulb went off and they got the bright idea to specialize in antique and period lighting exclusively. Today, they are a top source in Toronto for quality pieces from across North America and Europe, as well as custom pieces that incorporate reclaimed fixtures and materials, as well as a selection of shades and miscellaneous wonders. All the restoration work is done on site in the shop. The original fixtures, finishes and patinas are saved, and only new wiring and electrical components are replaced — with vintage parts whenever possible. If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind lighting finds, it’s time to take a little trip to the Junction.
The shop is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.
Located in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood, near Village Green, you’ll find Green’s Antiques (529 Parliament St.). This shop carries an array of antique furniture, mirrors, carpets, memorabilia, lighting, clocks, statues, figurines, and much more. Green’s specializes in jewellery — from resales to design, resizing, gem polishing and appraisals. Browse the shop and find the perfect piece for your home.
Pay them a visit on weekdays, from 12 pm to 6:30 pm, and weekends, from 12 pm to 5:30 pm.
Trianon (247 King St. East) is an elegant and all-encompassing interior decor and renovation firm. This is not your typical, musty antique shop. The store takes its name from a retreat on the estate of Versailles. If you want to liven up your living space with an authentic Louis XIV reupholstered chair or a re-imagined 1940’s buffet in bright yellow, this is the shop for you. The tag on each piece will tell you a bit about its story. If you don’t have a bundle to spend, a little window shopping certainly couldn’t hurt.
Trianon is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm.
Cynthia Findlay Antiques
Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King St. West) specializes in the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern periods. This antique store is perhaps best known for its selection of luxury decorative antiques and vintage jewellery. Their pieces are sourced primarily from England, Europe, Japan and China.
Come and have a look at their elegant displays. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am until 6 pm.
For over 40 years, Bernardi’s Antiques has been a Midtown Toronto mainstay. They are located at 699 Mount Pleasant Road, just south of Eglinton and just around the corner from Davisville Village. The 2500 square foot shop is filled to the brim with beautiful antiques, decor, collectables and artwork. Their specialty is English and French furniture, as well as art, glass and silverware. Come and find what you didn’t even know you were missing. Bernardi’s Antiques is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm.
Owner Catherine Huizenga has an eye for antiques, vintage pieces, and great junque that tells a story. Mrs. Huizenga (28 Roncesvalles Avenue) is jam-packed with amazing pieces at reasonable prices. From silverware and stoneware to vintage jewellery boxes and delightfully creepy porcelain clown dolls — there’s something for everyone here. The relatively low prices mean that the shop enjoys high turnover, so you never step into the same store twice, and you never know what you’ll find. Enjoy a treasure hunt in the shop Monday to Saturday, from 11 am until 6 pm.
Whether you’re ready to buy, or simply want to spend some time antiquing and soaking up some of the stories and history of hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items, these antique shops are sure to add a little richness to your life.
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