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Hideaway Antiques

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on May 16, 2012

Hideaway AntiquesHideaway Antiques recently renovated its Parkdale home to provide a more leisurely experience of looking for antiques. Those who pine for the thrill of the hunt should not be dismayed — Hideway Antiques is still thoroughly stocked with all sorts of treasures from decades past. But the inside has be renovated with new lights, floors, and the removal of a dividing wall, meaning there space looks and feels a lot roomier.

Hideaway AntiquesQueen West near Roncesvalles is plush with options for antique shopping, and Bill Jarman's shop is one of the oldest and best-recognized. Bill has been in the business for decades, regularly touring the antique market circuit (especially in the U.S.) to bring back finds that are either ready to sell or prepped for repurposing.

Hideaway AntiquesSome items — such as the giant vintage circus posters — are perhaps more for show than for sale, though Janet, who works for Hideaway and tours me through the space, says they occasionally find their matches in creative home designers. "Bill really likes old circus pieces," she notes, pointing out the Fred G. Johnson "Girl to Gorilla poster." The sideshow banners, which stretch nearly the entire height of Hideaway's space, can run upwards of $3,000.

Hideaway AntiquesThe sideshow banners are just one example of how Hideaway diverges from typical home furnishings to include unique, industrial, and collector items. From his last trip, for example, Bill brought home a lot of 19 vintage Vespas from the 1960s and 1970s. They are all currently undergoing tune-ups and will soon be ready for sale at about $2400 each. Then there's the antique manual peanut-roasting machine, which is still in working order (though you must supply your own coal) and probably dates back to the late 1800s ($4500).

Hideaway AntiquesThough not everyone would opt for an antique peanut roaster to adorn their front halls, so for them Hideaway has pieces such as oak hall tables ($575), an art deco metal dentist cabinet ($950), and a huge Victorian carved oak hall stand ($1425). The shop also has plenty of retail-minded items as well including vintage displays and cash registers, though the latter is mostly for show than practice (what good is a cash register where the highest button is a dollar, alas?)

Hideaway AntiquesJanet says Bill is constantly out of jaunts to the States and beyond in pursuit of new treasures, so customers can count on new items coming in all the time. The shop also repurposes old items to create one-of-a kind pieces, and will work to find a particular long-lost treasure of interest. "If you want it," Janet says with confidence, "Bill can find it."

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mayor dodge / May 16, 2012 at 09:50 am
Nifty, spiffy, neat, and very cool place. Ya gotta go there.
Lola / May 16, 2012 at 11:04 am
It's sweet, but SO overpriced.
janet / May 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Hey Robyn, great article but my name isn't Sarah, it's Janet! :)
janet / May 16, 2012 at 01:31 pm
Thanks for the correction ;). Also Lola we just got a big load of smaller items, affordably priced between 40 and 200 bucks! We are actually often told that our prices are quite reasonable considering the very high quality of our inventory, we really do strive to be fair!
Steve / May 16, 2012 at 07:21 pm
Expensive, yes. One of the most over-priced antique stores in the city, IMHO.
George / May 17, 2012 at 09:43 am
Many gorgeous items, none of which are affordable.
Elgaucho replying to a comment from Lola / May 17, 2012 at 10:06 am
Every antique shop in town is over-priced.

Toronto's a rich town, they'll pay anything to dress up their downtown home(s).

These stores get "pickers" out-of-town to buy items at CHEAP prices, renovate them a little.. and charge THREE times their actual price.

BTW.. this store actually makes more money "renting" these antiques to film studios as "props".
Rug Stars / May 17, 2012 at 09:19 pm
Antiques are very popular in any shape. Buy fine new area rugs from our rugs Toronto
David Hamilton / May 23, 2012 at 08:31 am
Great article Robyn. I've known Bill Jarmin for at least 20 years and he is an honourable stand-up guy. He has a great eye for quality and has the best quarter-sawn oak none. Bill's prices are very fair because he pays 'good' money to find good quality.
Dave's Old Advertising / January 28, 2013 at 04:33 pm
Expensive maybe - maybe not - try to calculate how much it costs you to search all over to try to find and antique or vintage item that suits your home. You will see at $1.25 a litre for gas
Taxes for Mr. Harper, Landlords that stick it to you and they know you won't move. Through on a little heat and hydro and gee whiz its not looking expensive at all. Like any thing in life if you want great things you just have to pay for them. We as dealers buy our products transport and sometimes repair or refinish. There is great costs involved. Yes you can DIY and save some cash, but you still have to source it. Bill is the same as a journeyman tradesman he has his trade it is antiques his experience and expertise is worth the price. This is a fabulous store with fabulous products Congrats Bill !
David Free London, Ontario Dave's Old Advertising
Mark / February 17, 2013 at 08:11 pm
Prices are high at all antique places. They have to pay their overhead. But he just seems disingenuous. My wife walked in one day while I was lingering in another store. He wasn't outright rude to her but she got creeped out like he was sizing her up. Maybe he gets lots of frustrated rich women in there re-decorating that are "bored" at home.
Dario / June 18, 2013 at 08:20 am
I exchanged a few emails with Bill Jarmin and I found him sarcastic and condescending. It's a shame because there was no reason to be that way. He does have some interesting items though and I used to enjoy walking through his store.
mike / November 25, 2013 at 03:32 pm
Try checking out the vitage furniture at
Glen / November 27, 2013 at 07:13 pm
I'm looking for a retail store that will sell on consignment a venetian murano blown glass 25 piece sherry set (gold grapevine border)
Sunshine / August 19, 2014 at 02:55 am
A girlfriend of mine was hit on there. She was browsing and was hit on by what must have been the owner, she had a totally off-putting experience. She doesn't want to go back when that guy is there, not even If I go with her. Pity because I hear they have pretty cool stuff there and I wanted to go.
Bill Jarman replying to a comment from Sunshine / February 2, 2015 at 06:14 pm
Hey Mark, Dario, and you too,,"sunshine" I suggest you get your facts straight before taking shots from a distance.

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