The Best Vintage Furniture Stores in Toronto
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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