salvage shop toronto

Toronto's most famous salvage shop being kicked out for a condo

If you had to put together a list of Toronto's most quirky stores, the Salvage Shop would surely get a top spot. Filled to the brim with antique items of all manner — from door knobs to typewriters to toys — it's long been a destination for treasure hunters, set designers, and vintage lovers.

Now it's being forced out of its Kingston Rd. location to make way for a condo. The strip of buildings of which it's a part were purchased by Core Development Group, who plans to use the store as a presentation centre as part of its redevelopment plans.

As CBC News reports, owner Roy Clifford has been given until July 17 to vacate the premises, which includes not just his showroom but storage areas in neighbouring buildings where the majority of his stock is housed.

Clifford has started a Go Fund Me campaign in the hopes of subsidizing the relocation of the store, though he has a long way to go to meet his goal right now. Without an injection of capital, he will have to liquidate his collection.

Clifford seems hesitant to ask for donations, but truly believes his collection is worth saving. There's obvious character and personality on display here, something which trickles down to the store's stock.

The Salvage Shop isn't dead yet, but it'll take a fight to save it, and the clock is ticking.

Lead photo by

The Salvage Shop


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Fashion & Style

Hillcrest Mall is getting a major renovation and a Miniso

Japanese lifestyle brand MINISO opening Toronto area store next week

Sears stores in Toronto to host huge liquidation sale

20 Halloween costume ideas for 2017

IKEA just started selling pet furniture in Toronto

Church Street is throwing a huge Halloween street party

Sears is closing two more Toronto stores

The top 10 cheap designer clothing stores in Toronto