If you’ve been diving deep into the mid-century modern tag on Instagram or are dreaming of a little wicker armoire somewhere in your apartment, you’ve probably developed a taste for vintage. There are many benefits to thrifting furniture: beyond doing well by sustainability for the planet, nabbing a unique vintage piece from an antique store helps your home reflect your personal tastes. From wood choices to fabrics and ornaments, checking a local antiques roadshow or the vintage stock in your favourite thrift store can make an already beautiful home come alive with character.
A Commercial Drive treasure, attic treasures features vintage furniture and decor, from art deco glassware to ’60s-mod lamps. The small shop is neatly chock-full of the most eccentric curations of the past century, with home goods and furniture spanning a prolific set of design movements from the 1920s onward.
If you have a penchant for teak and mid-century silhouettes, consider Banana Lab, a vintage studio in New Westminster with an impressive stock of mid-century modern furniture.
Blackbird Vintage Finds
Located in Toronto’s acclaimed Distillery District, Blackbird Vintage Finds is a stockist for several slow fashion and cosmetic brands. The store also stocks well-loved home goods looking for a second home.
Community Thrift & Vintage
A social enterprise based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Community Thrift & Vintage is a vintage shop that was founded to help support local women in the area facing barriers. Their two stores have a wide range of vintage clothing for every price point: their Carrall Street location carries more feminine wear and is a great spot to snag a vintage dress or well-loved denim jacket, while their Hastings Street location has a more unisex catalog and a range of artisanal home goods made by local organizations.
Brimming full of home goods and decor ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s, Montreal’s Espace Vintage markets itself as a shop primarily for folks in the creative industry who need props for films and shoots.
Hint of Vintage
Bedford, Nova Scotia is better off with Hint Of Vintage x Rachel Leigh’s adorable, bright Instagram – it’s an eclectic trove of gilded, chic housewares, candelabras, wall sconces and stained-glass lampshades, among many other gorgeous home decor pieces. Any house would benefit from a piece or two from this well-curated Instagram shop.
Holy Roller Vintage
It’s all in the name – Murphy’s Mid-Century in Calgary is focused exclusively on furnishings within the mid-century modern era, a design school defined by trends in art and design from the middle of the century. Murphy’s has a gorgeous inventory with novel seating sets for dining, beautiful love seats and sofas and an assortment of other reasonably priced antique pieces.
is a Calgary mainstay featuring a trove of well-cared-for, modern antique pieces. They have prints and paintings, lamps and other statement lighting pieces, as well as a range of storage pieces, from vanities to credenzas, sideboard and hutches.
ReFind Home Furnishings
is a Vancouver gem – the store features a well-selected cache of vintage mid-century modern home treasures.
Regina Antique Mall
Regina’s antique offering is massive, in part due to the generous selection available at the Regina Antique Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in Western Canada. The three-story complex has dozens of vendors carrying a variety of unique vintage items and antiques, from jewelry, glassware and tableware all the way through to proper home furnishings.
A staple on the Calgary thrifting scene, SalvEdge Boutique is a great option for getting some designer wardrobe pieces at a bargain.
This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven
Famous for its incredible taxidermy pieces and tastefully morbid curios, oddities and trinkets, Vancouver’s This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven shop has taken their offerings online.
What The Vintage
is Toronto furniture store currently open by appointment. The store sells gorgeous restored mid-century modern pieces.
As an upscale design store, Toronto’s zig zag specializes in modern vintage and sells a well-curated selection of lighting, furniture and accessories for the discerning antique lover.