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Emporium by I Miss You

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on March 22, 2012

I Miss You Antique EmporiumEmporium by I Miss You has nothing of the dust-collecting chachkies vaguely suggested by the words vintage and emporium. Nor does it have the Value Village-salvaged trinkets suddenly turned retro-chic by a Queen West address. Rather, it offers a small, perfectly honed collection of real vintage treasures from the early 1900's up until the 1950's.

I Miss You Antique EmporiumUntil recently, the space beside I Miss You Vintage was home to Philip Spark's extended trunk show. But in the time since the designer's departure (for new digs around the corner), the space has been revamped and restocked with finds that are a few decades older than what you'll see next door.

I Miss You Antique EmporiumOwner Julie Yoo is responsible for both spaces, using her keen eye to select pieces that epitomize their era of origin. I Miss You has a reputation for stocking only immaculate-looking garments and accessories, and I quickly see that its new antique emporium certainly tows the line. There's brassy gold jewellery from 1910, character-laden clip-on bow ties ($20) from the 1950's, and gorgeous period pieces including a stunning beaded flapper dress from the 1920's ($650), currently displayed in the shop's window.

I Miss You Antique EmporiumNever one to divulge their secrets, I speak to a staff member who suggests that "maybe Julie has a time machine," to explain Antique Emporium manages to find such gems. Of course, Julie is not there when I drop by, or else I would have asked her myself.

I Miss You Antique EmporiumI proceed to take a self-guided tour of the shop (which, granted, is pretty expedited based on the square footage), noting the impressive selection of leather purses, woven belts, and vintage lockets with with era-appropriate (and genuine, says the staff) photographs. While there are plenty of black and camel clutches and purses for around $20 to $35, I'm invariably (and unfortunately, for my wallet) drawn to the more expensive items; for one, the elegant deco alligator and bakelite clutch from the 1930's ($149), and a smart tan Coach briefcase for $200.

I Miss You Antique EmporiumThough there are a few strictly decor items — such as a pair of antique dog cast bookends ($55) — most of the pieces at Antique Emporium are for wearing and showing off; vintage cufflinks ($15), brooches ($30), and antique hand fans ($40). Of course, there are a select few items, such as the 1890's cut steel bead pouch ($65) and the Victorian velvet bodice with steel buttons and lace cuffs ($325), that are intended to be worn, though I know I'd feel better about leaving them behind glass, simply to be admired. I Miss You has eliminated the thrill of the find, but is offering only the truly thrilling.

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I Miss You Antique EmporiumI Miss You Antique EmporiumPhotos by Morris Lum



harder / March 22, 2012 at 03:06 pm
You need to get into that vintage junk shop at Dupont and Bathurst sometime.

Moi / March 23, 2012 at 11:21 am
How is misssssssss the days of Vintage Shops that didn't take you for everything. Toronto needs a good vintage shop that doesn't ask you to pay your rent for ONE item
Jenny Suvile replying to a comment from Moi / March 23, 2012 at 11:59 am
Moi, are you so poor that you cannot afford a 60 dollar item? If you are, I'm pretty sure you want to shop at value village instead of a vintage shop with a curated collection. Speaking of curated collections, this shop is trite. The bitch who stands behind the counter looks like bad hipster re-imagined version of blossom sans the complexion.
LA / March 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm
This is so exciting! I Miss You was by far my favourite vintage shop in TO. I always managed to find items in excellent condition that fit me and my style so well. As a pretty tall girl with classic, clean style, that's a rarity! I can't wait to check this out!
Cornelius replying to a comment from Jenny Suvile / March 26, 2012 at 10:13 am
Jenny, how is the shop 'trite'? Have you been there yet? If not, then it's your comments that are trite.
LU / December 6, 2012 at 10:50 am
After reading up about this particular Vintage shop, I'm looking forward to a trek into the Queen Street West area..
Thanks for the input!

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