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Woolfitt's Art Supplies

Posted by Tim / Posted on September 11, 2008

Woolfitt'sYears ago, a trip to Woolfitt's meant making the trek to nowhere land Queen Street. The store was the hidden gem for Toronto art supplies. It was beyond the park. Past CAMH. It was almost all the way to the shoddy Gladstone.

Woolfitts' was at the epicentre of the West Queen West gallery scene before there was a gallery scene. Now it sits smack dab across the street from the resurgent Drake, has a parking lot that's pay by the hour and is surrounded by galleries and condo developments on all sides.

Established in 1978, Woofitt's is now polishing off its 30th year in business. Over this time it has become one of Canada's largest wholesale distributors of artist's materials, fine art papers, boards, brushes, stretched canvas, canvas panels, colour lines, archival supplies and frames. And while the wholesale business might keep the accountants happy, its retail business at its massive store on Queen is still a destination for hobbyists, students and professional artists from across the city.

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Discussion

13 Comments

scotty / April 26, 2009 at 02:21 pm
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The most expensive art store in town. Some items like mediums, brushes and gesso are up to $20 more than in other stores!
Janice / May 15, 2009 at 09:06 am
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Best help. I was looking to rent easels -- they're loaning me some. You don't get better than that! good work, Woolfitts -- I'm a fan.
Janice
CelphTitled / November 8, 2009 at 08:12 pm
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Helpful staffs, well-organized inside, good quality products, and there are variety of supplies for artissts and art students, but lacks drafting supplies and design-related tools.
Also too pricey; although there are frequent sales, most sales are not enough to call it reasonable deal.
Seems to be geared toward art schools and hobbyists, but not for architectural students and professional designers.
GettingStarted / January 23, 2011 at 10:38 am
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Great store, very inspiring
vanz / September 10, 2011 at 01:34 am
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do you have airbrush, and auromotive airbrush paints? (iwata, paasche, badger, master) just want to compare prices at currys.... thanks...
vanz / September 10, 2011 at 01:35 am
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do you have airbrush? and automotive airbrush paints? ( iwata, paasche, badger, master)... i just wnt to compare prices at currys.... thanks!!
Miguel / September 11, 2011 at 10:37 am
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Great store with a great staff. Very helpful and I don't find their prices too high at all. Especially on the canvases. I'd say Deserres (formally Loomis) is the most expensive in the city. Also, I don't have to wade trough all the kiddie crap and toys here at Woolfitt's like at Desrres.
Roberto / September 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm
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I will like to know, where we can get Watercolor, color paper. My wife has been looking for it, for a long time. Picasso used to have it! We'll appreciate any feedback.
Thanks everybody!!!
Hatty / December 30, 2011 at 11:15 am
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This is not the best art store in Toronto it way to pricey
Crystal / February 3, 2012 at 07:50 pm
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Looking for molds and plaster, is this something that the store sells? If so is it very expensive?
dalha / March 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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hey guys,because of over pricey products,people started to avoid going their and at the end,the store has to close.actually,their have been closed for couple months now.we did it.
Woolfitt's replying to a comment from dalha / May 22, 2012 at 11:31 am
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Woolfitt's is not closed. We renovated our store this winter, but we have been open the whole time and are going strong.
We diligently try to put on great sales for our customers and work hard to remain competitive. If you have particular concerns feel free to call or email us to discuss.
dalhafagget / July 5, 2012 at 03:13 pm
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Why you got to make up stuff?

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