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69 Vintage Collective

Posted by Briony / Posted on February 25, 2010

69 Vintage Collective69 Vintage Collective has something for everyone. Seriously. It's like a Watership Down-warren of vintage that is sure to yield something for those who burrow through the building's many hidden delights.

69 Vintage CollectiveIf you're buying vintage, well, you have plenty of options - check out the racks up-front, which are stocked with public consignment pieces, along with local vintage vendors like Cozette.

69 Vintage Collective"People ask me everyday if I would like to buy their clothes from them," says owner Kealan Sullivan, who also owns 69 Vintage on Queen. "Unfortunately, it is difficult to buy from individuals, because the more I spend at my regular sources, the greater a customer I am, which in the end means better access to the best pieces. But after many years of consideration I decided it was time to open up to consignment, so I could keep those great pieces in circulation and increase the fun quotient of fashion recycling."

69 Vintage CollectivePieces spotted up-front include red leather fold-over boots ($60), a heavy-duty white-and-gold sequin-and-bead cocktail monster worthy of the Dynasty dynasty ($225), a leopard-print mega-shouldered jacket ($45), a black denim jumpsuit ($35), a fuchsia twill vest ($25), a blue buffalo-check wing-coat ($125), and high-heeled Gucci loafers ($39).

69 Vintage CollectiveOr, if you're on an even tighter budget, saunter on back to the buy-the-pound section, where $15 gets you a pound of shirts, dresses, coats, or whatever you need (those requiring shoes can grab a pair for $8, while boots go for $20).

69 Vintage CollectiveStill not sated? Get your ass upstairs, then, to the second floor, which is home to a handful of independent vintage mini-boutiques, each housed in a room of its own. These include Marilyn Hartley, Rozaneh, Lost & Found, Promise To Repeat, and the all-shoe Stacked.

69 Vintage Collective"I have learned that I can not always have what my customer is looking for moment to moment and often times I was referring them to other stores or dealers in order to satisfy their needs," says owner Kealan Sullivan.

69 Vintage CollectiveWhen I saw that this building was so well suited (the layout) to hosting independent businesses, I thought it would be really cool if it could become a place where a customer could come and experience my selection but also the unique collections of others. The vintage shopper is often very hardworking and discerning, and will shop around at all of their favourite spots. I had the vision to put all of their new favourites under one roof - a bit like a vintage mall, but not a mall at all!"

If you're selling vintage, bring your pieces to the counter up-front, where you can consign it.
69 Vintage CollectiveIf you're fixing vintage (or want to learn how), head downstairs to The Make Den to get your precious pieces mended. The studio also offers sewing lessons, so you can learn how to fix your own holey cardies and too-long pants. (While you're waiting, take a browse around the adjacent vintage decor store, Ransack the Universe, where fun amusements like a vintage Bee
Gees puzzle, $15, await.)
69 Vintage CollectivePhotos by Jason Tavares

Discussion

19 Comments

jlt / February 25, 2010 at 07:11 pm
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LOVE this place. the fact that other small vintage retailers are upstairs, the selection, the INSANELY nice people that work there, and the fact that its around the corner from my home.
kealan's built a little vintage community that feels so welcoming you won't want to leave.
Paul / February 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm
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My only complaint about these guys is that I wish they would take down the signage from the store's previous occupants. It would help the streetscape look a little less tacky.
mondayjane / February 26, 2010 at 08:49 pm
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Kealan is awesome, I remember when she worked at Flashback. She has done great things for vintage clothes shopping in Toronto. Yay!
work replying to a comment from Paul / February 27, 2010 at 02:08 am
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hey that's a lot of work!
XXXLittWear / February 27, 2010 at 11:36 am
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Ransack The Universe is an awesome little addition to the whole vintage feel of the place, with thier collection of ephemera, locally handmade crafts, jewellery and art, as well as a couple of owners who deliver top notch customer service!
jlt replying to a comment from Paul / February 27, 2010 at 05:45 pm
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she is actually changing the sign asap. i think since she was too familiar with walking to her own store, she didn't realize how distracting the sign was. i do agree! it took me a while to even figure out where this place was.
Paul / February 28, 2010 at 05:42 pm
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Just noticed they've taken the old sign down! Kudos to them for being so responsive!
kazza cee / March 6, 2010 at 08:22 pm
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Totally amazing and wonderful vision!! YAY!
FP / May 9, 2010 at 01:59 am
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This is all great, however I don't like that this place is taking up available living space on Bloor St. West. People could be living for reasonable rent in the upper floor of this building, rather than 69 vintage capitalizing on the cheap rent in this area for commercial gain. Great one guys! You can find affordable commercial studios all over the city, I would rather see these designers seek out those spaces before taking over potential residential spaces because the rent is cheap.
Eva replying to a comment from FP / August 5, 2010 at 04:05 pm
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FP - The upstairs floor accommodates and supports small business as well as revitalizing the Landsdowne area in general. Sure it would make for a great living space but 69 has put a huge amount of renovations into this building to make the upper floor as it is. Someone else could have easily come a long and capitalized on this building making it easily UNAFFORDABLE. Instead Kealan and the bunch of us here at the collective have pushed this place into what it is today and it continues to grow. I don't think you understand the concept of the building and the supposed "commercial gain". The whole point of the upper floor is to make it affordable for small businesses and people who dream of having their own small business to thrive. People who other wise can't afford these supposed "affordable commercial studios" are now given the opportunity to run their own shops and sell their goods to the public. I think this is the complete opposite to what you're suggesting.
Kealan Sullivan replying to a comment from FP / October 20, 2010 at 12:26 am
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comment to FP...

I am blown away by your ignorance. Really. And while I appreciate and share your concern about affordable living; the "apartment" upstairs, when I found it was in an uninhabitable state and vacant for over a year AND the landlord was asking a ton of $ plus utilities. I did so much work to make the space beautiful and it is sad when a friend, customer, or neighbour leaves with such a negative opinion. There is no capitalizing on the 2nd floor of the Collective. It's just cool people renting small spots doing cool things.

Hopefully you have greater things to be so concerned about like the world, bad food and people who litter and don't recycle.
rose / September 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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i have some great vintage pieces that unfortunatley have gotten toooooooooooooo small for me. i have 2 dresses that are from the 'madmen' era,one size 4 and the other size 12 and a great 2 piece wool suit,pencil skirt and jacket, size 4-6..... would love to sell them on consigment.....interested?
Tara / November 30, 2011 at 11:04 am
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i really want some cool vintage clothes.. but are vintage clothes here expensive?
judi / December 2, 2011 at 11:25 am
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i'm looking for a vintage prom dress, circa 1960's size 14 - 16; must be very reasonably priced as it is just for a fun dance
Mickey / December 19, 2011 at 07:03 pm
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I am looking for a vintage original Afghan coat.
Kimberley / January 25, 2012 at 07:39 pm
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Hi there,

I am a student at Ryerson University studying Fashion Communication. For my final Thesis I am doing a book on people who love and are obsessed with Vintage. I was wondering if I could interview you. It would be an email interview. I would need a few photos from your store that you could send me, and photos of your life that make up who you are as a person who loves vintage. If you are interested, please email me and let me know! This would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time.

Kimberley
Alexa D'Argenio / March 2, 2012 at 05:13 pm
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Hello,
My name is Alexa D'Argenio and I am a Producer for Cineflix Productions. We are working on a new show; created by the Producers of the hit TV shows “Canadian Pickers” and “American Pickers". This new show, tentatively titled “Top Collector” will be a competition TV show, as several teams will set out in pursuit of the BEST PICK, ultimately earning the title of Top Collector!
We are currently casting for Canadian "Picking Partners"- two people that pick together at flea markets, yard sales, barns, sheds, etc. We are looking for people that are charismatic, knowledgeable about collecting, know how to spot hidden treasures, and flip items for profit. Pickers who specialize in collecting items such as vintage toys, oil and gas memorabilia, pop culture items, cast iron, TV & movie memorabilia, and other interesting and unique items!

If there is anyone you think might be interested in entering the competition and being a part of this show, we would love to hear from them! I am also attaching a flyer that you can post on your website, Facebook page, etc. or distribute as you see fit.

For more information or to APPLY to be on the show, please email me at adargenio@cineflix.com.
Jane / May 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm
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WAY.TOO.OVER PRICED. Go to Kind Exchange instead.
pjh / January 22, 2013 at 02:06 am
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kiki is fun and fantastic. I haven't seen her in years and i know if i saw her tomorrow she would flip. just thinking about her makes me feel good. everyone should meet this girl (woman) in person.






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