For those who love the thrill of the hunt, head to these must-shop areas for vintage and antique goods. Come prepared with a sense of adventure and some imagination to envision new uses for old things.
Ottawa Street North, Hamilton, Ont.
Antique dealers from Toronto can be spotted loading up on well-priced finds along this vibrant street, full of second-hand shops, fabric stores and new eateries like Southern Smoke Barbecue House. Timing is everything at The Millionaire’s Daughter where prices go down the longer the item has been in store. Also, check out Remember When Antique Emporium, chock full of great finds and housed in an historic theatre.
Uptown Design District, Palm Springs
Spend a morning exploring around a dozen resale shops spread throughout a few blocks along North Palm Canyon Drive. If you’re looking for a 60s-era Pucci scarf or an original Eames chair, this is the place. Boutiques like Modernway specialize in design wares from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, from vintage posters and wall art to furniture and lamps, while Déjà Vu Vintage Finery features men’s and women’s consigned fashion from mod shift dresses to printed suit jackets.
Old Strathcona Antique Mall, Edmonton
You could easily spend a day, and maybe even get a little lost, in this 27,000-square-foot, two-storey space. With more than 130 vendors, the selection is eclectic and dense, from vinyl records to vintage fabrics and early Canadian wares like wooden butter presses. If you fall for an antique furniture set or 1920s chandelier, don’t worry: shipping is available across Canada.
Lower Manhattan, New York
Given New York’s acclaimed status as a fashion mecca, you can probably guess that its selection of vintage clothing and accessories is impressive, especially if you love designer labels. For big names like Chanel and YSL, check out Pilgrim New York, stocked with high-end accessories. Ritual Vintage goes way back into the fashion closet of history with items dating to the mid 1800s. Vintage Thrift Shop (multiple locations) rewards those who dig, with bargains on stellar designs from rock Ts to fur coats.
Queen and Roncesvalles, Toronto
This area west of downtown is hopping these days with a fresh infusion of shops selling used goods. Places like Sam the Chandelier Man have been there since the ’70s, but there are newer offerings, too. Along this strip, it’s clear that the industrial chic and mid-century modern trends are still hot. Queen West Antique Centre has gorgeous finds, like funky bar stools and vintage signs, but, be warned: such fine curation does not come cheap.
Downtown Lakeland, Florida
Between Orlando and Tampa, this small city offers plenty worth exploring in its historic downtown. That’s where you’ll find Lloyd’s of Lakeland Antiques, a popular, two storey, multi-vendor mall that sells everything from well-priced kitschy shell art to sports memorabilia. Just south of downtown, Dixieland Relics has larger items like fireplace mantels and chests—a nice place to browse, or to shop if you’re looking to furnish a Florida home with affordable, unique items.