A Peek Inside Canada’s Largest Vintage Event
The StyleDemocracy team visited the Toronto Vintage Show last weekend and it was spectacular! What used to be “The Old Clothing Show” has evolved to become the Toronto Vintage Show where tens of vendors sell one of a kind vintage merchandise! We spent hours there – tons to look at, tons to try on and tons to buy for everyone from accessories and clothing to home decor and collectors items.
We visited 6 specific vendors outlined below, and then walked the rest of the show and captured some of our favourite items from all around. Before I even got to check out anything I had the pleasure of meeting Jacquie Jeffery from Toronto Vintage Society – check her out in this gorgeous 50s dress.
1. Luxe Touch
Since I have my own obsession with Chanel, this was by far one of my favourite stops. Not only did they have bags, they also had one-of-a-kind, impossible to find items like hats, belts, a fur lined purse and even a Chanel water heating pad cover!
This was my next stop and this booth was full of character, pun intended. The vendor focuses on “vintage clothing, footwear, jewelry, and accessories for film, television, and theatre rental for industry professionals,” but at this event, the merch was available to all shoppers! My favourite element here was all of the dead stock. Incredible pieces from the past that were never sold and were purchased by Ian Drummond, now for sale (see polka dot rack).
This booth was another one of my favourites. They focused on beautiful one-of-a-kind dresses and jewelry, specifically from the 50s and 60s. They also have an incredible online store with some amazing FAQ about vintage fashion – check it out here.
This was one of the most interesting and special vendors I toured. They are prosocial collectors who donate a percentage of sales to a local children and women’s shelter. They also ship internationally!
If you missed the Toronto Vintage Show, do not worry! You can visit Primetime at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show this April! This was one of the best in terms of unique accessories with very special glasses and hats.
6. Donna Beasley
Last, we had the chance to check out the Donna Beasley booth that specializes in designer purses and coats, more specifically fur coats. By far the best at the show in terms of leather and fur, two of my most favourite things. I could have bought every single item!
Check out a few more photos of the best & most unique items we saw for sale at the Toronto Vintage Show: