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Of Things Past Comes to Rosedale

 

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Toronto’s Rosedale strip got a new player last week when consignment shop Of Things Past opened a satellite location at 1096 Yonge Street (just north of Roxborough) in the storefront previously occupied by Jackson Falk.

The Rosedale shop is everything the original OTP is not, it’s small, it’s central and the merchandise is of a generally high quality. I have been through the Bridgeland location many, many times and rarely found anything worth cooing over but in Rosedale the pieces are good and they’re moving straight out the door.

As with the main store, each item is priced according to how long it stays on the floor. For instance, the handsome campaign chest sidetables above are presently ticketed at $495 the pair but if they last until January 26, the price drops to $420, on Februrary 25 it drops again to $371.

Because I live in the neighbourhood I watched opening weekend with some interest. The place was jammed and the stock was moving. Some very good pieces came and went in short order, which I suspect will remain the case. Given the nabe, it’s no surprise the shop is focusing on quality pieces that skew to the traditional but there are definitely some transitional and contemporary items in the mix.

And while the shop seems to be doing well right out of the gate, it will have to — rents are not cheap in this neck of the woods. But there’s another bonus to being in the center of one of Toronto’s priciest pockets, the store is getting far more queries from potential consignors and that should help keep the place stocked with quality furnishings. The circle of stuff is ever spinning.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 by Chris
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7 Comments For This Post

  1. Tim@DesignMaze Says:

    Thanks for letting me know Chris!! We will have to do a shop + coffee night at your hood soon! Call me!

  2. Chris Says:

    Hi Tim, excellent idea! I’m leaving for India Dec . 23 so let’s try for before that.

  3. Rob Says:

    Hmmm, I stopped in at the new location this weekend and was underwhelmed. It is just too small… the beauty of ‘OTP’ is finding treasures that have been overlooked by others in the midst of a massive amount of stock.

    We’re regular clients of ‘OTP’ and have bought and sold plenty of higher end items at their regular location…

    This ‘curated’ approach does not lend itself to getting a deal!

  4. gayle Says:

    Good afternoon Chris, I’m a big fan of consignment stores. They have the
    quality of merchandise and while OTP is not my favorite being the Bridgeland location…Gayle of I will try the other one thanks for the *heads up*

  5. shelly Says:

    I can understand consigning some niche and higher end items but those campaign chests would have sold for that or more on CL I think? As a seller, I personally prefer that route adn as a buyer as well. Good to have options though.

  6. gayle Says:

    hello again Chris visited the Yonge St. location, more than five people there, and no room to even look. Space is too small, selection okay, but not impressive. Great section of the city haven’t been there for awhile…Gayle of safe trip to India

  7. Roy Says:

    Morning

    Happy New Year, kindly advice us if there is any round corner table with a lion claws leg. About 33 inches width and 32 inches high either walnut or cherry wood is fine.
    Thanks

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