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House of Vintage

Posted by Briony / Posted on December 30, 2009

House of VintageHouse of Vintage was one of the city's best vintage stores before it closed a few summers ago, but vintage-hounds can rejoice this holiday season as the shop has reopened in Parkdale and is better than ever.

House of VintageOwner and man-about-town Dennis Adamidis ran the first incarnation of the House of Vintage on Queen Street West for five years (I bought a full Louis FĂ©raud skirt with a charming teal fossil print there). When he felt it was time to throw open the doors once more, Parkdale was a natural choice--he's a resident himself.

House of VintageThe new space is just as inviting as the old one was--the store has exposed beams and glistening wood floors--all the better to display Adamidis' boots, high-end pieces, and excellent men's section.

The House of Vintage is a great place to head if you're in the market for a tony showpiece to class up your closet. Among the men's clothes, I found a Burberry trench ($80), a Lacoste sweater ($35), and a pink Dior cardy ($35).

House of VintageLeather jackets ($60--$150) and sturdy leather boots ($60--$80) abound, too, along with fun vintage sweatshirts ($25--$30) and sweaters like the one-of-a-kind piece with the oh-so-Canadian curling design ($60).

House of VintageBut back to the fancy stuff. Adamidis has an excellent eye for the unique, and has a rack stuffed with lovely frocks with interesting details. Take, for example, the forties bronze-pink party-dress ($250) with the very modern sheen to the fabric, or an empire-waisted pink silk dress with a beaded bodice ($250) that playfully treads the line between sixties and seventies.

It's not just the dresses that entice--Adamidis carries some ballin' back-in-the-day designers, such as a beaded Bob Mackie bodysuit ($65), gold snakeskin discofied Halston heels, or a very fashion-forward Anne Klein gold-studded black jacket ($200).

House of VintageEven the no-name stuff is stunning--I loved the eighties silver tie-waist jacket ($30), a sixties camel-coloured wool coat ($150) with leopard-print cuffs (and a pink lining!), and an eighties canary-yellow silk blouse ($45).

All these pieces would go well with a pair of boots, no? Think seafoam leather calf-high numbers ($60), or an over-the-knee pair in fuschia suede ($60).

Welcome back, Dennis. We missed your vintage!

House of Vintage



liz / December 30, 2009 at 05:20 pm
aah! oh this is so exciting! now even closer to my house!
Tsar Kasim / December 30, 2009 at 11:00 pm
Pink cardigan? I might have to visit...
handfed / December 31, 2009 at 12:57 am
Wow! Hey kids, did you know that the critters that cause scabies and Athlete's foot can't be killed by simply washing or drycleaning your garments? Do you really know who wore those filthy "vintage" shoes?
Christopher / December 31, 2009 at 10:22 am
I want that trench coat.
crazy4U replying to a comment from handfed / December 31, 2009 at 10:51 am
Wrong. FYI. Recently worn clothing may be decontaminated by hot-water washing (60°C [140°F]) and heated drying, or by dry cleaning.
Jane / December 31, 2009 at 11:16 am
WOW I need to go there. The Buberry trench is calling my name
George / August 18, 2010 at 02:35 pm
You should go back and take another pic -- the store has a sign now and it looks AWESOME!!!
QueenWestWest shopper / August 18, 2010 at 02:47 pm
Great London Fogs...
JohnnyO / February 17, 2011 at 05:22 pm
3.2 out of 5? this store is a solid 5 out of 5!
The best vintage, and merchandised the best, in all of Toronto!
scooter / September 7, 2011 at 11:12 am
I have an awesome Daniel Hechter trench size 11-12 for sale. Any idea what it may be worth? I lost a lot of weight & it swims on me.
Jay S. / December 7, 2011 at 07:52 pm
Do you buy coats and winter jackets if they are in good condition?
Kimberley Marquis / January 25, 2012 at 07:41 pm
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.

Alexa D'Argenio / March 2, 2012 at 05:17 pm
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
Alex / May 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm
This is one of our better vintage shops in Toronto!

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Dalya / May 18, 2013 at 09:51 pm
House of Vintage is by far one of my favourite vintage shops in the city. They take excellent care of their vintage pieces by dry cleaning and washing all their items before they hit the floor. The staff is extremely friendly , kind and helpful , and make you feel like a friend, not only a customer. I shop here all the time and will continue to. I highly recommend this amazing store!

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