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69 Vintage

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on June 1, 2007

69 VintageI love vintage stores. I hate their smell. I don't like shopping in basements, garages or sketchy back rooms. I'd rather not stumble blindly through dimly lit spaces, crashing into disorganized racks of retro garments.

So for me, 69 Vintage was literally a breath of fresh air. Not only did it lack that "vintage store smell," but it was also bright, open and quaintly decorated. Retro furniture and props like an old-fashioned 80's boom box added charm and nostalgia to the space.

But what I found most unique about 69 Vintage was their devotion to personal attention. Owner Kealan Sullivan says they are as much about selling a service as they are about selling merchandise.

69 Vintage"We provide an outlet for creativity and expression," she said. And to ensure that that creativity and expression is given full reign to flourish, the girls at 69 Vintage will fix and alter clients' garments. "I once hand-altered a customer's dress hours before her Sweet 16 party," Sullivan said.

The personal attention still goes way beyond alterations. This is helpful for vintage shoppers such as I. Though I consider myself fairly competent when comes to putting pieces together, it's been rumoured I once emerged in public wearing a pair of beat-up cowboy boots and a flapper dress. I guess we all need a little help sometimes.

And help is what 69 Vintage delivers. "What we try to do is give the customer a vision," said manager Maggie Groat. "We help them find what works for them, how to alter it, add a belt, or pick out jewelry or shoes."

69 VintageAnd there certainly are plenty of items to pick from. I believe the drooling began when I noticed the huge selection of women's dresses. My favourite was a retro ice-blue pleated dress priced at $45. I also noticed a great assortment of shoes and boots. A pair of hot pink flats for $30 caught my eye, as well was a pair of black cowboy boots (best not paired with a flapper dress) for $56. I also tried on a fabulous 1980's jean jacket ($40) that looked like it came straight from the set of the old "Degrassi Junior High."

The men's pieces were equally as drool-inducing. Though I don't think I could pull off the 1970's blue checkered sport coat ($50) I noticed walking in, I only wish my prom date had been cool enough to ditch the tux for it. That or a great pair of purple corduroy Levi's for $40.

69 VintageThough Emily Haines and the boys from Broken Social Scene are familiar faces at 69 Vintage, the prices are comparable to other vintage stores. The average item is $50. "There's not much over $150," Sullivan said. "And I always have a $10 rack."

69 Vintage

Discussion

19 Comments

Kat / May 14, 2008 at 02:46 am
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I too am one of those people who walks into a vintage store and is conflicted by the senses. My eyes consider vintage stores wonderful, and yet my nose detests them. So this is a great store for me.
Marian / October 8, 2008 at 12:14 am
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Many beautiful pieces, although I felt as though they were priced a little too high for my taste. But from the looks of it, all in good condition. The store is clean and well laid-out. I walked away with a funky knit belt - awesome.
Rachel / April 15, 2009 at 07:03 pm
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Hi I was wondering if there were any suitable pieces for a high school graduation (like gowns, knee length cocktail dresses, etc)
Thanks!
Bennie / May 6, 2009 at 11:10 am
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Double check your purchases! I once saw a keen pair of boots here marked for 75$ but apparently the staff forgot to remove the MUCH MUCH lower price tag from within from Value Village. *shakes head* Won't go there anymore. I'll just go to Value Village or a Garage Sale where many of these places get their items to recycle at a higher price in a trendier neighbourhoood.
Jenny / November 3, 2009 at 02:20 am
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I agree with Bennie. I found a great pair of Docs for $50 which usually cost $110 retail. Inside, I found a sticker that said $9.99 from Value Village. I know this store is for-profit and customers should be lucky to pay less than brand-new retail, but it still didn't feel good.
MAy / November 16, 2009 at 02:45 pm
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Omg i seen in this in verge magazine and wanted to go here never been but this looks so my type of style
Sara / January 19, 2010 at 07:47 pm
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I was just wonderng how expencve this store is...??
Jen / January 30, 2010 at 07:22 pm
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Do they have any good evening wear that would be suitable for prom?
Rhonda replying to a comment from Jen / February 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm
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Yes!!
And tell all of your friends that March is Prom Madness every year at 69 Vintage. Make sure you ask for help because there are so many more dresses always coming in that are just being cleaned or repaired. It worked for me!
Fran / February 23, 2010 at 07:44 pm
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hey
i was wondering how much brown cowboy boots would cost there?
wilson / September 14, 2010 at 04:33 am
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awesome pics..........................
i really like ur store visual mercidising , keep it up
wilson / September 14, 2010 at 04:33 am
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Good jobs guys..................
Nessy replying to a comment from Rhonda / February 3, 2011 at 09:06 pm
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hey, i was wondering, what type of prom dresses do you mean? those gowny ones? or??
Isabelle / April 22, 2011 at 06:55 pm
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I do love this store so much but i have one complaint. the one girl who works at the bloor one is very snotty and obnoxious. no welcome or acknowledgement when i walk in, just staring at her computer. when i ask for help or when i'm paying she is just super cold and pretentious. i am a regular at this store and feel awful when i go in when she's working (which is a lot of the time!). get rid of her or give her a good talking to.
Johana / June 1, 2011 at 11:11 am
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OMG! The snotty girl at the bloor street 69 vintage is horrible! I work at another vintage store and whenever customers talk about 69 vintage, they always talk about her and how mean she is! I live close by and when she's there I refuse to go into the store. They really need to do something about that girl. Shes driving away business with her attitude. 69 vintage is an awesome store but she lowers the appeal to go in and shop, especially when its your first time there. Awesome store, very bad employee.
Hannah / April 27, 2012 at 01:21 pm
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Hi, This store is SO bad!!
Hannah Montana / April 27, 2012 at 01:23 pm
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Heyy!
i went to thi stroe annd ittss al terrible stuuf!!"everythiung from therer is probss trppile the price of any where else i advice u not go shop here!!!
rita replying to a comment from Hannah / June 26, 2012 at 08:34 pm
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both Hannahs obviously have no taste, can not spell and wear tacky mall clothes and copy each other and everyone they know because they have no desire to be themselves and will end up with fake hair and fake boobs and fake lips and fake nails and with no real friends. ha ha i bet they are eachothers only friend. And they met drunk somewhere because no one else would talk to them.
losers
Elle / September 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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FYI: they moved a little further east on Queen... now located at 921 Queen Street West.

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