Vive La Vintage!
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Vive La Vintage!

2007_03_02Vintage.jpgSome folks love the old school looks, but digging through the bins at second-hand stores makes their skin crawl. Others are overwhelmed by the time commitment it takes to find that one perfect Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Silk tunic top from the 70s. For every one person who haunts the thrift shops for the thrill of the hunt, there’s, like, one thousand who’d rather go to Old Navy because it’s cleaner and more convenient.
Hey, we’re not judging, but we do want to help everybody recycle&#8212even the ones who get the heebie jeebies from used stuff&#8212just a little bit more.
If you like your vintage neatly laid-out, clean, and free of mysterious odors, check out the 16th year of The Toronto Vintage Clothing and Textile Show and Sale tomorrow at the Barbara Frum Atrium of the CBC Building.
The show always features an outstanding collection of clothes, fabrics and accessories from the early 1800s to mid-century modern. And beacause there are over 33 exhibitors from across Canada and the U.S., you’re bound to find some one-of-a-kind pieces. According to show promoter June C. Troy, one of the standout pieces this year is a 1930s velvet opera coat, with ermine trim (or, a cape fit for a queen). For collectors, there’s a selection of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian jewellery. For those who aspire to one day walk the red carpet, there’s also a fine selection of designer garb. And for homebodies, there are all types of vintage textiles&#8212from hand-embroidered samplers to funky ’60s-style prints.
There is a price to be paid for buying from dealers. For instance, you’re unlikely to find a set of Marimekko drapes for $4. In fact, admission is $7 (although partial proceeds will be donated to the MS and Cancer Societies). But dealers don’t usually sell things that aren’t cleaned, conditioned, and in good repair, so it’s also unlikely that your new old yellow enamel handbag will disintegrate after one week.
The show is one day only—Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.&#8212at the CBC Broadcast Centre, 250 Front St. W.
Photo by Goozeeera from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.