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The Best Antique Stores in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / October 10, 2011

antique stores torontoThe best antique stores in Toronto don't take the fun out of the hunt, they just make it a whole lot easier. While there may be something to a 5 a.m. trip to the St. Lawrence Antique Market or a live auction with A.H. Wilkens and others, I'll take the snooze button and non-competitive bidding any day. That's where these shops come in.

The best antique stores in Toronto sort through the muck to find the gems, offering information as to why and how each distinct antique is so special. Because what's the joy in having an old Victorian rocker if you can't peg the wealth of its once owner?

Here is the list of the best antique stores in Toronto.

See also:

The best vintage furniture stores in Toronto
The best salvage and reclaimed furniture in Toronto
The best furniture stores in Toronto

Top photo by Jesse Milns

Eclectic Revival

Eclectic Revival

Eclectic Revival started in everything antique, but eventually honed in exclusively on antique lighting. The Junction shop is known as a glowing Toronto source of period lighting, as well as brilliant custom pieces incorporating reclaimed materials and fixtures. May inspire terrible lighting puns, which, like antiques, never get old. More »

Kantelberg + Co.

Kantelberg + Co.

In the Castlefield Design District, Kantelberg + Co. is a Toronto designer source for 18th to 20th century one-of-a-kinds. The ever-changing collection includes industrial pieces such as storage lockers and welding tables, classic like French planter tables and lamps, as well as the odd 19th century Swiss carved trophy head. No home is complete without one. More »

Hideaway Antiques

Hideaway Antiques

Amid a sea of Parkdale antique shops, Hideaway Antiques distinguishes itself with its suburb customer service delivered by owner Bill Jarman himself. Bill is known to help overwhelmed customers sort through his collection of antiques and reclaimed pieces, most of which are marked with fairly reasonable prices. More »

Sharon O'Dowd

Sharon O'Dowd

Another Castlefield Design District shop, Sharon O'Dowd is known to dabble mostly in antique wood pieces sourced from Ontario and Quebec. The company has been around since 1986, expanding to include custom design and reclaimed creation. Think rustic, royal, and classic. More »

Pied a Terre

Pied a Terre

Pied a Terre is one of those not-overwhelmingly-crowded antique shops, and given that it is also an explicitly pet-friendly environment, shopping at this Leslieville shop is all the more enjoyable. Run by owner Sharyl McPhee Skinner, Pied a Terre has lots of cute and quaint while still making room for antique typewriters and birdcages. More »

Victorian Revival

Victorian Revival

Victorian Revival is an antique itself compared to some of the other shops on this list. Opened in 1974, the Castlefield Design District shop specializes in antique lighting including hanging chandeliers, frosted glass wall sconces, and the odd art deco theatre light. The showroom also features crafted antique fireplaces and a small collection of garden antiques. More »

507 Antiques

507 Antiques

Right by the Don Valley Parkway, 507 Antiques has an impressive and/or unnerving collection of antique statuary from all over the world. While it may be slightly unsettling to walk before century-old Italian limestone eyes (or is it just me?) the craftsmanship exhibited through the pieces at 507 is undeniably beautiful. The showroom offers many other antique garden pieces, as well as lighting, furniture, and accessories. More »

Black Pug DMK

Black Pug DMK

Black Pug DMK has lots of little antique knickknacks to go along with industrial crafting tables and antique shelving. The Parkdale shop is not exactly a beautiful space, but it does boast a quaint selection of antique lighting fixtures, unique wall art, and little pieces such as vintage phones, old cameras, and lots of glasses and jars. Be prepared to rifle. More »

Of Things Past

Of Things Past

Of Things Past deals in consignment antiques, which means new pieces typically appear in its showroom several times daily. The staff is great at updating the shop's blog, allowing you a peek at the new oak hutch or 18th century oil paintings that just landed on the Bridgeland and Caledonia floor. Prices are fairly reasonable, especially if you dabble in a little consignment of your own. More »

Discussion

39 Comments

Steven / October 10, 2011 at 04:08 pm
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what about Green's Antiques on Parliament? How'd you guys miss that one? It's been there for over 30 years and its awesome!!
Alex / October 11, 2011 at 11:47 am
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I quite like Pied a Terre -- nice folks, good products. I'd also recommend The Arthur on College (W of Bathurst) -- it's a newer place, but it's excellently curated, very affordable, and probably the friendliest antique shop I've ever been in.
Paula / October 11, 2011 at 09:58 pm
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Two of my favourite home purchases were at Pied a Terre, fantastic stuff and the owners are great people!
Nola / October 13, 2011 at 04:46 pm
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Is it worth going to St. Lawrence Market at 5 AM/6 AM?
Cotton Bags / May 9, 2012 at 04:15 am
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Better info on your blog than what I have seen so far elsewhere. Thanks for sharing and... Keep up the good work. I know from experience it's not always easy! :-).
Jonathan L / May 25, 2012 at 02:26 pm
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Hi! I'm looking for a shop that sells antique Toronto stuff in good condition - old city maps, postcards, yearbooks, bric-a-brac, etc. any suggestions?
celia / August 16, 2012 at 12:31 am
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hi i'm looking to sell antique children toy and cups fro Italy can someone guide me to a store that will buy..thanks much
Cathy Mc. / August 28, 2012 at 05:03 pm
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I am selling a buffet and the glass cabinet, that sits on top, that were taken out of an old catholic church in the Ottawa Valley. They are very large and very beautiful, and can be stacked on top of each other, as it is a set. Or the base can stand alone as an island as it is finished on the back of it as well. But I am just not sure how to go about finding the right store/buyer to sell it to. Any ideas?

Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 05:30 am
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what about Green's Antiques on Parliament? How'd you guys miss that one? It's been there for over 30 years and its awesome!!
donna durland / September 26, 2012 at 04:28 pm
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hello, i have a personal collection of antique lace dates from 1860 to 1950 for sale,from all over the world , please contact me
donna durland / September 26, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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for sale to dealers and otherwise a personal collection of shaving mugs fron 1850 to 1930.
Wanda Ryan / November 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm
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To whom it may concern, I have inherited a small collection of the Primrose EP Copper Tea pot set, incudes 2 teapots, large and small size, plus a suger and milk dish , as wll a maybell Epsteel silver platter, along with an apple silver sugar dish plus spoon wich is absolutely intriguing and i need to find the pricees of thewse items as i would like to sell these items, can someone please help me with the location as to where the best place to go and/or the right person to speak to. I am in the Toronto area and would very much be pleased with locations and/or persons to speak to on this.

many regards,
Wanda Ryan
wandark@rogers.com
Mike replying to a comment from donna durland / January 20, 2013 at 10:11 am
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Hi .Im looking for shaving mugs If you still have some please let me know Thanks
Shane Aaron / February 20, 2013 at 02:25 pm
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Can't believe you guys missed Stanley WAGMAN Antiques in YORKVILLE, probably the largest dealer in Canada and Internationally.
Anna / March 22, 2013 at 09:34 pm
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Hello, I have six original watercolor paintings, 19th century, please reply if interested.Thanks!
Laurie / April 21, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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joseph / April 21, 2013 at 05:29 pm
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Hi there I have a couple very old soards that has graved in Arabic Quran and they are gold plated from the outside cover so I am looking to get any ripe of idea how much these well be sold for please I need an opinion
Jen / April 22, 2013 at 07:50 pm
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I am looking for antique dolls. Anyone know where to buy them in Toronto?
Thanks
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TH / May 30, 2013 at 02:36 am
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I like Pied a Terre. Really nice store, quality pieces, pricing seems reasonable. The owners are super nice (just like most people in my neighbourhood), but there are many more Antique stores in Leslieville too. This is the neighbourhood for dining and antiquing, after all.
Rob / August 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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If you're into vintage sports memorabilia vintage toys and old comics and other types of cool nostalgia...then you guys should check out the #westTOcardshow Sunday Aug 11th, 10AM-4PM Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Ave (Hwy 400/401) Kids under 6 free!!
filicia / November 7, 2013 at 07:54 pm
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where could i take a 1924 singer sewing machine to ?
Shirley Burns / November 13, 2013 at 10:41 am
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I have a Prince Philip Duke of Edinborough doll in excellent condition that I am looking to sell.
Shirley Burns / November 13, 2013 at 10:41 am
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Prince Philip Duke of Edinborough doll in military uniform for sale
Andrew / March 20, 2014 at 07:19 am
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Thanks for the info on your blog. There is nothing better than hitting the antique trail hoping to find that little diamond in the rough.
The Vagabond King / April 10, 2014 at 08:34 am
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Howdy Folks ! O.K. This is it! Ya gota check out the NEW SHOP IN CABBAGETOWN! It's THE VINTAGE VAGABOND CO. ! Super friendly shop keep and a massive collection of all things old, rare , unusual and super cool ! A fantastic selection of neat'o vintage as well as a showroom chuck full of excellent antiquities! really something for everyone here! great stuff and great job !! Ask for Michael he's the Owner/operator! nice guy! oh the address! lol 603 Parliament st . (corner of Parliament and Wellesley st) 647 921 2512
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Paolo / May 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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Have a variety of circa 1905 church salvage items. All original stain glass windos to 6 feet tall. Original cast bronze octagon light fixtures 3.5 feet tall quantity of six.
Some material still in building .call 647-527-4503
paolo / May 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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Windows. Also many craftsman wood details
Corner posts and pew fronts to 10' with turned details . Solid oak. 647-527-4503
Nancy Madden / May 20, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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I have a penny farthing for sale. In interested e-mail or contact me at 506-849-6423. I can send pictures.
Delores Cook / May 25, 2014 at 05:26 pm
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Interested in selling an 8 piece crystal luncheon set (4 lunch plates and 4 green-glass tea cups. Please contact me at dcook1230@rogers.com.
Pleshy wee / June 1, 2014 at 01:52 am
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Where can i find vintage/used teacups in Toronto?
David replying to a comment from Mike / June 18, 2014 at 08:00 am
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I have inherited my father's collection of shaving mugs (~50). Let me know if you are still interested.
tim / June 18, 2014 at 10:31 am
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Vintage Vagabond on 603 Parliament st . (corner of Parliament and Wellesley) Definitely the nicest new kid on the Cabbagetownn block!
Jc / June 24, 2014 at 07:15 am
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Lets not forget the St. Lawrance antique market open every Sunday from 5 am to 5 pm with over 150 dealers and collectors from all over ontario and quebec, selling all types of antiques ,drop by in the morning and you will also see many top dealers and collectors from all over hunting for their treasures there. you will never know what you could find at that place at dealer prices.
Robert Henderson / August 24, 2014 at 04:12 pm
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Wanted: WW@ Prisoner of War held in Canada and Veterans Guard of Canada items of all types. Uniform parts, insignia; handicraft, photos; documents, ships in bottles, etc.
adriana / September 1, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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Hi. I have for sale a morano glass antiques figurine "ship form"from Italy, blue color. Any body interested ,contact me at 416)671-1456.
WILLIAMS / September 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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I AM LOOKING FOR A FRENCH OR GERMAN-SWISS AUTOMATED SINGING BIRD CAGE -ALSO THE NAME OF A RESTORER OF SAME THANKS
Stephen / October 6, 2014 at 03:25 pm
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Have British Passports, produced for Ceylon "1923" with drawings and notes. Notes from royal family inclusive.

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