Gadsden's Toronto Vintage Clothing Show - Spring

Gadsden’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

A highly successful new venture by the Gadsden team, this show is all about great vintage clothing, jewellery and fashion accessories, as well as old textiles, linens, fabrics and quilts. Visitors will meet more than 30 top Ontario and Quebec dealers in vintage fashion and textiles.

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
Toronto, Ontario, M6G 4C7
Hours: Sunday, April 15, 11 am – 4:00 pm
Admission Adults $8.00, Children 12 and under no charge

Meet 30 top Vintage dealers on April 15, including:

Jan Marriott, Toronto
“For Wychwood I shall also be bringing a large collection of specially selected quilts – a large variety of styles, patterns and sizes, and a selection of antique and vintage ‘stuff for quilters’….quilt tops, blocks and fabrics.”

Anne Purwitsky, Annetique Boutique, Thornhill.
“I sell antique and vintage lace, trim, sewing findings and have an unusual selection of buttons; some of the more unusual ones I will be bringing to the Wychwood show.
“I have some beautiful vintage silk scarves including a large collection of Liberty of London scarves.
I will also be bringing some special pieces of table linens including a gorgeous set of Reticella lace place mats – each one made with a different design. ”

Janet Strong, What’ll i Wear, Kingston, ON   “I specialize in mid 20th century men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the period 1940′s-’70′s.”
“One full table at the sale will be devoted to costume jewellry- find pictures on our website

 Julie Yoo, I miss you vintage, Toronto  One of Canada’s top vintage shops, I miss you vintage regularly appears at the top of ‘Best Vintage Store’ lists
“Customers can expect to find fancy vintage cocktail dresses and separates, and designer label vintage clothing by pucci, courreges, Dior, lanvin, etc… We are also bringing unique vintage purses, collectible designer vintage and antique costume jewellery, and a selection of vintage fine gold, gemstone, and diamond estate jewellery.”

Karen Jeffrey Collection, Mississauga
“I buy and sell lovingly restored and green-cleaned clothing from 1880-1970. Designers include Beene , Chanel, Dior, Halston, Lagerfield, Lacroix, Pucci, Sprouse, Ungaro, Saint Laurent. I also have carefully selected accessories.”
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Patricia Gostick, Bijoux Vintage Costume Jewellery, Toronto, specializes in quality vintage costume jewellery and accessories.  Knowledge, service and fairness are her trademarks.
For the April Wychwood Show, Patricia has put together an outstanding selection of 1950′s cocktail bracelets,signed and unsigned.  She will also be displaying unique compacts, including Art Deco and sterling examples..

Margaret Piltzmaker, Petticoat Lane Antiques, Toronto
“I will be bringing to your show a collection of vintage gowns including a very special
‘Bob Mackie’. Also a number of cocktail dresses ideal for the Prom season.
Lots more but these are the highlights.”

Sarah Magwood, Magwood, Toronto
Specializing in luxury vintage, the boutique’s collection is an homage to classic, feminine style. Victorian lace, Deco silks, and mid century cocktail dresses are interspersed with designer goods – including Hermès, Versace, Chanel, YSL, and Dior – and elegant daywear separates, with a range of accessories.
Specific items that will be showcased at the Wychwood Barns show include:
1920s black silk overlay with red floral beadwork
Classic black and gold 2.55 quilted Chanel purse
Art Nouveau sterling silver butterfly brooch with ruby and emerald rhinestones

Cynthia Findlay Antiques, Toronto

“We select jewellery from all over the world that reflects the best of the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro periods. We also collect some fine contemporary pieces. We will bring unusual czech glass
jewellery, antique sewing materials and exquisite vintage engagement rings.”

Renee Piche, Montreal
“I have a passion for beautiful and unusual fashion, be it jewelry, accessories or clothing, and I believe that is apparent in the merchandise I exhibit at shows.
At Wychwood Barns, in a booth filled with wonderful pieces, I will have some lucite handbags from the 1950s, which you can see in the attached photo.”

Fred Turner, Durham, ON Fred, self-described ‘Clothing junkie’, has a collection of about 60 men’s fedoras coming to the show. He is also bringing a dozen vintage hat boxes, Biltmore, etc. His stock includes about 200 men’s ties, and a miscellany of jackets, shirts, and accessories.

Jonathan Hagey and Emily Kulasa, Kingpin Chic, Toronto

“Vintage style for the contemporary gentleman that cares not a jot for the latest trends or what little boys wear. Kingpin chic is gentlemenswear. With balls.
“For Wychwood, we’re saving a pair of vintage black patent leather Gucci loafers, a vintage ‘60s Italian shawl collar “Rat Pack” tuxedo and, among other fine things, a selection of vintage Borsalino beaver felt fedoras.”

Yank Azman & Pulver Zajfman, Toronto   “We have been dealing in antiques & vintage clothing for almost forty years and specialize in the Victorian & Edwardian eras. This range of pre and post WWI sensibilities covers the change in women’s clothing that occurred with the change of attitude about and by women outside the previously held traditions from the era of the corset & bustle to the madcap freedom of the roaring twenties.”
“One of the items we’re saving for this show is an exquisite flapper era hand beaded cloche in superb condition.”

Leona Milne, Root Cellar Antiques, Simcoe
 “I thought that being the “new kid on the block” in the vintage clothing business, I perhaps wouldn’t have any especially interesting stock for the show.  But, after doing research, I now feel more confident in the items I have acquired for Wychwood.”
“I will be bringing vintage dresses and gowns, from the 1930s to 1970s.  Some with labels…some unlabelled.  Vintage 1950s to 1970s capes and a red leather jacket of rather stunning design from the late 1970s.  A WW2 Nurse’s white skirt and bib, name of nurse stitched into the bib.  Hats.  Accessories.  SOME costume jewellry.  Vintage material….as well as a quilt or two.”

Judith Mureika and Julia Wright, Hamilton   “We are a mother/daughter team that carry a unique range of items.  Our favourite areas are vintage sewing items, unusual jewellery and ladies accessories and exquisite hand done textiles.”
“For Wychwood we have a few very nice pieces set aside, including a 1950’s Dragon pin by JONAZ and a Circa 1960 Emilio Pucci silk mini skirt.”
Judith Jonaz pinJudith Pucci

Ian Drummond, Ian Drummond Collection, Toronto   “For this premier show I will be bringing an amazing cross section of the most interesting vintage clothing that has been the inspiration for  so many of the spring 2011 looks.  I also have 5 beautiful early 20th Century dresses for collectors of fine antique clothing.”

Also meet these outstanding dealers at Wychwood: 
Adeline, Whitby
Claude Provost, Montreal
English Eccentrics, Toronto
Forget Me Not Vintage, Scarborough
Jill Marvin, Montreal
Karen Heaton Antiques, Dundas
Norma’s, Fort Erie
Reflections of Tyme, St. Davids
Swanky Selections, Whitby
The Bead Goes On, Toronto

Wychwood Barns – a superb venue:

 Artscape Wychwood Barns is one of Toronto’s newest event venues. In 1913 the Toronto Transit Commission built the structure in order to be able to service its fleet of streetcars. It functioned for many decades before becoming redundant. A major renovation was undertaken over the last few years, transforming the barns into a magnificent community resource. Reopened in 2008, it is now home to art galleries, artist studios, a regular farmers’ market, and more.
The centrepiece of the complex is the ‘Covered Street’, a 200 foot long room, formerly used to overhaul streetcars, but now a spacious event facility. Industrial-chic is the design theme, exposed red brick walls, a wonderful end-to-end glass skylight forming a roof, vintage TTC photographs on the walls. In short, a perfect venue for our Vintage Clothing show.

Getting There

Wychwood Barns is at 601 Christie Street, west of Bathurst, south of St. Clair. It occupies a block between Christie Street on the west and Wychwood Avenue on the east.
Parking is extremely limited at Wychwood Barns, in compliance with the building’s environmental LEED certification.  As such, visitors should consider taking public transit to the site.
St. Clair streetcar #512 runs along St. Clair and connects with St. Clair West Subway station.
Christie bus #126 runs from the Bloor Subway station north on Christie and stops at the door.
Bathurst bus #7 is two blocks east of the barns and runs from Bloor Subway line north on Bathurst.
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