The Antique Lover's Guide to Ontario Markets
Whether you’re looking for fine furniture, vintage toys, antique cameras, unusual art or rare sports memorabilia, the first step is knowing where to start your search. Here’s the scoop on some of the best antique markets in Ontario.
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Find a unique collection of knick-knacks, vintage Canadian pottery, upcycled furniture, antique homeware and unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else. It’s extremely popular, so if you spot something you’re interested in, be sure to carry it along in your basket or it might be gone before you make your way back! And if you’re looking for something specific, ask the owners. They just might have something in the back or know someone at one of the other shops in Ontario that offers it.
Location: 80b Alice Street, Waterford
Many well-known interior designers have visited this gem to purchase one-of-kind vintage décor and hardware. Legacy Vintage carries products that reflect Colonial, Neo Classical, Georgian, Gothic Revival and Art Nouveau to name a few. The extensive inventory ranges from vintage and antique doors, lighting, building parts, fencing, windows and more. The building itself has a storied past as the former site of the Canadian Pacific Railway Express Yard. If you have an appreciation of architecture and the detailed craftmanship of the past, you will enjoy visiting this Cobourg delight.
Location: 540 Division Street, Cobourg
Off the beaten path of most shopping excursions in Kingston, Antique Alley is tucked away on Wellington Street, with over 418 square metres (4500 square metres) of space filled with an array of collectibles, antiques and unique gems. You’ll spot vintage typewriters, china, décor and more while visiting this antique lover’s paradise.
Location: 207-B Wellington Street, Kingston
Located on the Esplanade in Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market, the Sunday Antique Market is one of the best discoveries you’ll make in Ontario. From eccentric collectibles and toys to vintage fantasy cardholders, typewriters, floral curtains, mid-century furniture, vintage cameras and postcards, you never know what you’ll discover. The market is also home to delicious eateries and entertainment to enjoy between purchases.
Location: 125 The Esplanade, Toronto
Belleville offers an array of exciting shopping and dining experiences in the newly revived downtown area. The Boretski Antique Gallery is one of the most enticing spots for antique lovers. Here you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into a 1920’s showroom of fine clothing. You’ll find original Stetson hats, vintage evening gowns from the roaring 20s, tailored dresses from the era. Explore fashion items up to the 1970s.
Location: 300 Front St, Belleville
The Christie Antique and Vintage Show hosts two events annually for shoppers looking for a unique weekend experience. The show is held on four hectares (10 acres) of land and spreads out with booths and shops of all types in the vintage foray. Find First Nations art, rugs, furniture, textiles, cut glass, sports memorabilia, collectibles, jewellery, folk art and other treasures – more than 1,200 collecting categories presented by 250 vendors.
Location: 1000 ON-5, Dundas
This antique market in Freelton is host to more than 200 vendors and merchants, seven days a week except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. You’ll find everything vintage and antique here, including accessories and clothing or books, silver, glassware or furniture.
Location: 248 Freelton Road, Freelton
People from all over Canada travel to the Aberfoyle Antique Market, just an hour’s drive from Toronto in Puslinch, to trade and sell their goods, and have been doing so since the early 1960s. The market hosts over 100 dealers showcasing antiques, folk art, collectibles, furniture, jewellery, clothing and more every Sunday.
Location: 57 Brock Road South, Puslinch
The store that brought skateboarding to Sault Ste Marie in the 80’s has evolved into a ‘must visit’ location for avid music collectors. You’ll find vinyl records from various music genres too. Music collectors can spend hours perusing bins that contain some of most iconic album covers that are difficult to find elsewhere. There’s even a healthy inventory of 8 track and laser discs titles available. Rad Zone has another storefront dedicated to comic book lovers. A third storefront contains fashion items and skateboarding products, including finding vintage skateboards. There’s a huge inventory of products at the stores and although the staff is quite small, they are very knowledgeable in the extensive products available.
Location: 721 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie
Dan Field’s passion and extensive knowledge of antiques is evident when you hear his funny and fascinating stories about the history behind numerous antiques in his store. Specializing in the sale of 19th century Canadian heirlooms, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by many rare discoveries and their intriguing backstories.
Location: 207 Marsh Street, Clarksburg
Just a short distance from Thornbury Cider and Brewhouse and other eateries is the Thornbury Antique Market, where you may find the period pieces that is the unique addition to your home decor. There are numerous rare, well-crafted furniture with intricate designs. There’s over 464 square metres (5,000 square feet) of the market to explore featuring the inventory from over 15 antique vendors.
Location: 99 King Street East, Thornbury
Musicians will want to see the wide collection of vintage instruments at Currie’s Music and Antiques, in addition to nostalgic microphones, turntables, stereos, amplifiers and more. There are other rooms in the store that feature non-musical antiques and other memorabilia and rare eclectic discoveries.
Location: 230 Muskoka Road South, Gravenhurst
Most treasure hunters will admit that there’s a genuine excitement in looking for the perfect gem. With 25 booths of vendors in one place, there are so many selections of antiques and collectables that range from rare coins to vintage furniture. If you get hungry while looking for the perfect purchase, be sure to visit Marcelle's Kitchen’s for an assortment of baked goods and gluten-free goodies to nibble on.
Location: 15751 Island Road, Port Perry
If you’re looking for rare oddities, check out the inventory at Black Cat Antiques. Located in Thunder Bay’s business district, this family owned business has a plethora of nostalgic items that add to the element of surprise for treasure hunters. Those seeking traditional gems will not be disappointed with the collection of fine china, prestigious jewellery and so much more.
Location: 133 Frederica St W, Thunder Bay
Put on your most comfortable shoes to explore one of Canada’s largest antique mall that’s located a few minutes north of the 401 in Woodstock. Housed in a former factory, there are three massive floors to explore that feature over 500 vendors. You’ll find the most obscure items as well as toys, vintage jewellery, furniture and many types of memorabilia.
Location: 97 Wilson St, Woodstock
Brockville is known for its gorgeous waterfront, local attractions, unique history and incredible shopping. It’s also a great place to find some lovely antiques at the aptly-named Seaway Treasures. The shop is fantastic for finding old-school collectibles, home décor, old electronics, and military curios, tucked away in its two stories. If you love vintage toys and trains, you’ll be impressed at the selections.
Location: 175 King St W, Brockville