Vintage housewares are the perfect way to give your home the upgrade of the century — or maybe the century before this one. Not only is it a more sustainable way to shop, but you’re guaranteed to spot a one-of-a-kind find that sets your home apart, and possibly at a great price. From antique and flea markets to auctions, here are five great events happening this April to shop vintage home decor!
Heritage Antique Market
The Heritage Antique Market is hosting its first show of the year on April 9, and according to its website, this will be one of only two this year, so you don’t want to miss it! One of Toronto’s longest-running antique markets, the upcoming event will be at Centerpoint Mall and will feature antiques of course, along with art, paintings, silver, fine jewellery, lighting, vintage clothing and accessories, pottery, porcelains, carpets and more. The event is so popular that they offer early entry for a fee ($25) — antique die-hards can arrive up to three hours before the event actually opens to snag the best finds and avoid the crowds.
Punk Rock Flea Market
For the more hardcore, head to Lee’s Palace this Sunday, April 2 for Punk Rock Flea Market. The pop-up market will feature not just antiques but also some gnarly handmade goods, including jewelry involving tooth-shaped gems, framed insects and bottled creatures and punk-inspired apparel. Get there early to grab one of the swag bags ready for the first 50 people, and while you’re shopping you’ll also get to enjoy some good food and great tunes (and maybe a beer or two).
A.H. Wilkens’ art auction
Calling all art lovers! Hoping to jazz up your place a little bit but don’t know where to start? You don’t want to miss A. H. Wilkens’ modern art auction on April 25, and it’s dedicated to — you guessed it — all things modern design. You’ll be able to shop a wide assortment of decorative pieces, including a variety of traditional, vintage and mid-century modern pieces. Bidding will take place at their One William Morgan Drive auction gallery, over the phone or through Hibid and Liveauctioneers.
Sunday Antique Market
The St. Lawrence Market has been a staple in the Toronto antiquing community for years, so it was a sad day when it was announced the market would be moving. However, it hasn’t gone too far — it’s first spring market on April 2 is now located a new historic venue, The Small Arms Inspection Building in the community of Lakeview in Mississauga. This market is loved for a reason — its website notes that its vendors “tap into private sources across North America, sleuthing estate sales and haunting out-of-the-way auctions” to find the best goods (at the best prices). Doors open at 9 a.m., but if you can’t make this one, they’ll be back again on May 14 to do it all over again.
Parkdale Sunday Market
Parkdale Hall conveniently hosts an antique market every Sunday for those that can’t resist the hunt! Featuring antiques, jewelry, art, vintage goods and clothing, crafts, home decor and more, there’s plenty for you to shop from local collectors and vendors.