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The Best Vintage Furniture Stores in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / December 12, 2014

vintage furniture torontoThe best vintage furniture stores in Toronto are a portal to the past, hand-picking iconic finds from last century for the modern home (specifically, yours). Toronto's appetite for '60s Scandinavian design remains particularly strong - but if you don't dig Danish teak, no problem. The perfect piece for your cheery '50s kitchen or lounge-lizard living room is out there - provided you're ready to do a little digging. Take that, IKEA.

Here are the best vintage furniture stores in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Furniture Stores in Toronto
The Best Salvage and Reclaimed Furniture Stores in Toronto
The Best Antique Stores in Toronto

Queen West Antique Centre

Queen West Antique Centre

On Queen, just east of Roncy, you'll find a treasure trove of carefully-picked, immaculately-kept vintage furniture and curiosities (like sets of antlers and wacky old educational charts). You'll pay a little more - but with that much quality in one spot, ponying up is pretty much irresistible. More »

GUFF

GUFF

A Leslieville favourite for years, GUFF is gearing up to move to a new spot down the street with four times the space - ready to fill with Danish midcentury modern finds at shockingly reasonable prices. (Stuff tends to fly out the door here pretty quickly.) More »

What the Vintage

What the Vintage

What The Vintage is the personal furniture stockpile of friendly vintage aficionado John Baltazar, who carefully refinishes Danish teak credenzas and sofas before sending them out the door of his Scarborough shop. (He'll also deliver anywhere in the GTA.) More »

Morba

Morba

This Queen West favourite starts as a dizzying whirlwind of new design accessories and reproduction furniture (Panton, Ghost or Navy chairs - pick your knockoff poison). Head to the back of the shop for scads of Scandinavian classics, including tables, chairs, desks and knick-knacks. More »

Machine Age Modern

Machine Age Modern

Where Morba specializes in remade versions of design classics, Leslieville's Machine Age Modern will sell you the real thing - recent offerings include Alvar Aaalto tables and gorgeously-reupholstered Parker Knoll chairs. Their tastes run toward the sleek and clean-lined; as a bonus, you can bank on great customer service. More »

Marty Millionaire

Marty Millionaire

Since 1968, Marty Millionaire at Queen and Parliament has been trading in used furniture; their two floors of real estate means they can dabble in any era, from '50s kitsch to overstuffed '70s armchairs. (They also do a brisk business renting pieces out for theatre and film productions.) More »

Zig Zag

Zig Zag

Leslieville's Zig Zag focuses on the creme de la creme of vintage furniture, including pieces by Charles Eames and Hans Wegner (and others that, as they put it, "match the fine lines" of the aforementioned). They also specialize in Jetsons-inspired electronics (sphere-shaped radios abound), as well as other plastic and lucite pieces. More »

INabstracto

INabstracto

West Queen West's INabstracto is home to a punchy mix of MCM pieces, as selected by owner Kate Eisen. It's not all Scandi here - you'll find British, American and Canadian pieces, including colourful Solair chairs and other moulded-plastic treasures. More »

Ethel 20th Century Living

Ethel 20th Century Living

Formerly located in Leslieville, Corktown's Ethel takes a playful approach to vintage, with every Danish teak piece topped off with a seemingly-endless trove of '60s glass vases and atomic-lozenge serving dishes. For every clean-lined, classic desk, there's a half-dozen exaggerated statement pieces. More »

Discussion

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Antwan / December 13, 2014 at 02:50 pm
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Theres a great deal of farm house home furniture all-around nonetheless am still trying to locate a farmhouse style nest of tables - starting to believe they don't exist!
jen / December 15, 2014 at 11:58 am
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I saw "closing sale" signs posted in the windows of Marty Millionaire from the streetcar last week. Are they going out of business? Did that building get sold off to developers?
Sharon / December 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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The store that should be listed here is A Changing Nest in Bloor West. I've picked up some amazing vintage things for my home. The prices are great.

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