Tag Archive | "Vintage"

Decorum’s New Digs

Thursday, November 14, 2013


One of my favorite Toronto vintage dealers, Matthew Heney of Decorum Decorative Finds (below), has moved a block north to a bright new space at 1226 Yonge Street, formerly part of Youssef Hasbani's L'Atelier. Heney is a dealer so don't expect bargains, at least not at his new shop. There are, however, deals to be had at Matthew's old shop (1210 Yonge Street), where he's clearing out old stock that won't be making the trip up the block. Sign up for the Decorum eblast, Matthew's weekly mailer of new stock and sale merch.

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’70s Style: Falling in Love Again

Thursday, September 5, 2013


What the Vintage is a relatively new website and warehouse with a stockpile of 1960s and '70s furnishings, and I do mean stockpile. Owner John Baltazar's space is overflowing with mid-century furnishings: the 1960s teak and walnut stuff feels a little ho-hum at this point, but it was John's good 1970s pieces that really got my pulse racing. Pieces like these recall the impossibly stylish interiors of Dreamgirls, one of the best '70s-era set designs in celluloid history (I'm so bummed it's not on Netflix!).

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A Flea Flies in Leslieville

Monday, July 22, 2013


Last Sunday it was the Junction, this week Leslieville. Yes, hip flea markets are becoming the rage in T.O. so when I got an email from dealer pal Holly Gnaedinger (Twice Found Again) saying she was diving back into business I happily penciled the date into my calndar. The Leslieville Flea is a new monthly vintage [...]

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Ve’ahavta Charity Sale

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Ve'ahavta, the Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee, is clearing out its warehouse with a major sale on Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm. My gal pal Susan was up there last week and snapped pics of some of the offerings, above. There's a lot of potential among the pickings although some of the pieces are a bit banged up, perfect for the do-it-yourselfer who's low on cash but big on vision. Students receive 25 per cent off; 200 Bridgeland Avenue, Unit D, 416.964.7698.

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Guest Post: Do Good Bargains

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


A lamp I spied on the Listings List sent me out to Bridgeland Avenue in North Toronto, on the edge of the Castlefield design district. Turns out the sellers had a lot more than brass lamps for sale; Ve’ahavta International Tikun Olam Centre (200 Bridgeland Ave., Unit D) re-sells donated furniture and uses the proceeds to assist homeless and marginalized men, women and youth. Kirill Zaretsky, a senior director showed me around several rooms chocked full of donated furniture and accessories like the Jonathan Adler-esque mosaic horse (above left) and the set of simple lined cane back chairs (6 available). In yet another room Kirill directed my attention to an authentic art deco dining room table; with its elongated octagonal top and monolithic pillars I had no trouble picturing it in an office or boardroom of an up and coming young lawyer or architect.

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