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.