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Public Butter

Posted by Joseph / Posted on August 10, 2008

Public ButterVintage (by it's essence) was gone for a while, but with stores like The Public Butter in Parkdale, it's pretty safe to say it is officially here to stay. The new store, opened in February, is a massive collection of everything retro. On top of a wide-variety of furniture and clothing, you'll also find local artists on the wall and silk screens shirts a mile long. Oh, and I can't forgot to mention the bikes out front and the wide variety of, to name a few, bags, games, lamps, hats, lunch boxes and belts from days gone by.

Suitably placed on the ever changing West of Queen Street West, Public Butter could be described as a store you've been to in Montreal, a little more laid back and little bit cooler than other stores selling similar stuff in the city.

Did I mention the store is massive, because that's important. It's huge.

Public Butter Vintage
I spoke with Bernard Chung, who, along with John Christman and Tracey Opperman, is co-owner of the store.

Where did the name for the store come from?

We came up with the name collectively from our first artist and staffers. Our motto is 'fresh vintage goods daily'.

It's a massive store and you can tell immediately it's not just about clothes, how would you describe the store?

From 'fresh baked prints' emerging from our conveyor belt screen dryer, high end vintage garments daily, fine furnishings, to our fresh local artists shown on our 50 foot gallery wall. There is always something creative going on at the Public Butter.

Public Butter Toronto

What's the history of the store?

The Public Butter opened Feb 29th 2008. Our previous location was in the Liberty Market area at King and Dufferin. Our art grad silk-screeners needed a complimentary creative environment to produce their craft.

Public Butter Parkdale

Has the location been a good location for you?

We love Parkdale and find it a perfect home for us. The neighbourhood is extremely vibrant with very artistic and creative people. It's a fantastic fit.

Public Butter Clothing

Walk me through a few highlights of the store - how does it differ from other vintage clothing shops?

We're out buying 4 days a week with large crews, so we feel the selection and quality is second to none in the city. Add the eclectic selection of furniture, house wares, and bicycles. No ones doing that anywhere that I know of. Vintage at PB, while past era inspired, is stylish and very wearable today.

The Public Butter

What's the relationship between The Public Butter and The Black Market?

Everyone knows the great value, great prices of Black Market since 1979. Public Butter is a compilation of our finest hand picked goods. It's exciting fashionable clothing and knockout furnishings that anyone would be proud to have in their collection.

Public Butter Queen

Photos by Joseph



Christopher King / August 10, 2008 at 03:40 pm
What a fascinating establishment. I could lose minutes,hours, possibly even days going through all the treasures just featured here in these photos.
Fred / August 18, 2008 at 11:30 pm
What a fantastic place! I love vintage and this place has vintage everything! Funiture, clothes, nick nacks, bikes, screening. Every time I go in, there is so much more stuff to look at!
Eric / September 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm
This is actually a pretty sick store. Definitely deserves a check-out.
kaitee / November 22, 2009 at 07:11 pm
totally excited to go check out this store, ive been wanting to for a while now.
Lorelai / September 11, 2010 at 04:37 am
What is the price range?
Lynnette / September 27, 2010 at 02:13 pm
I'm looking for a men's sweater with the leather elbow pads..do you know where I can find them?
Lorelai replying to a comment from Lynnette / September 29, 2010 at 01:04 am
Dont really know.. Im new, sorry.
Lorelai replying to a comment from Lynnette / September 29, 2010 at 01:05 am
I dont know really, sorry love.
Kamille / June 30, 2011 at 02:52 pm
Does anyone know how much their bikes cost?
Lorelai / June 30, 2011 at 05:40 pm
If they are vintage bikes and in good condition I would estimate around 300 dollars
Sara / September 5, 2011 at 10:29 am
Nah. Everything in the store is priced really well, it's not that expensive at all. The bikes are VERY reasonable, you'll probably have to shell out anywhere between 80-150 to get one, although I'm sure the more expensive options are available. This store is amazing and really does update it's inventory constantly! I lost 2 hours the first time I visited, now I'm looking for vintage furniture pieces, wish me luck!
aa / November 20, 2011 at 08:34 pm
The bikes are more in the range of $100-$200
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 05:18 pm
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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.
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