The Best Antique Stores in Toronto
The best antique stores in Toronto are the perfect places to dig for not-so-buried treasure. Whether you're looking for furniture, an accent piece, some antique hardware or an elusive collectible, these stores have done the legwork for you, sorting through countless relics to dig up antique gold. (Of course, there's plenty of hunting for you left to do, but that's all part of the fun.)
Here are the best antique stores in Toronto.
The Queen and Roncesvalles area is brimming with antique shops, but Hideaway is one of the longest-running and best-recognized. Owner Bill Jarman has decades of experience in the antiques biz, and regularly tours the U.S. scavenging for unique, collector-friendly items. (Shoppers, take note - these days, they're mostly open by appointment.)
This electrically eclectic Junction shop specializes in lighting. Their selection of authentic antiques dates all the way back to the 1800s, with sculptural '60s chandeliers and '20s Art Deco lamps popping up here and there; they also do custom fixtures using salvaged and refinished pieces.
Next time you're browsing for shiny new pieces in the Castlefield Design District, make a stop at this favourite hunting ground for decorators and mix in a little vintage charm. The shop's pieces are sourced on buying trips to France, Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom, so you're likely to find something no other store in town has.
Tucked beside the DVP is this enormous, mazelike repository of antique finds. Hunting for the perfect piece might feel like searching for a needle in a haystack - but, luckily, the staff can help you navigate the shop (thanks to a searchable database of pieces) and narrow your search. Though pieces might look rough on the floor, each is lovingly refinished before it's sent to its new home.
Green's Antiques has been a fixture in Cabbagetown for 35 years. The perennially-packed store deals mostly in furniture (including sideboards, hutches, desks and dining sets), as well as Persian rugs and lighting fixtures. If you're not looking for any of those, don't fret - they get new finds in almost daily. Recent standout finds include an authentic Louis XIV desk for $2,200.
Victorian Revival has been open in the Castlefield Design District since the '70s. Like Eclectric Revival, antique lighting is a fixture (ha) here - if you're looking for some barn lamps to go with your reclaimed-wood dining table, this is the spot; they also offer a smattering of tin signs and other industrial odds and ends.
You've got to have a strong design vision to hack it on King East, and Trianon dispenses with the usual junk-shop vibe for a mix of Gallic history and modern-day glitz. Amid several immaculately-kept French antiques, you'll find others reinvented with a bright coat of paint or a whimsical upholstery job. If you loved that Sofia Coppola Marie Antoinette movie, you'll probably just want to move in here.
There's tons to look at at this sizeable shop at the foot of Roncesvalles - clothes, accessories, furniture and collectibles, all organized into little vignettes for easy browsing. The really choice antiques get saved for their auction series, Hookerson-Blough (say it out loud), which happens at the store on the third Thursday of every month.
Addison's is the perfect hybrid of antique shop and hardware store. That translates into three often-overwhelming floors of junk-shop heaven - furniture, fixtures, plumbing, and vintage tools, all bearing a healthy level of patina. If you've ever wanted a beautiful old cast-iron radiator or claw-foot tub for your place, start here.
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