Top 10 Antique Furniture Shops in Toronto

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Antique Rocking Horse by Aaron
Antique Rocking Horse by Aaron

Collecting antique furniture has always been a very popular hobby since solid wood construction and exquisite craftsmanship will never lose their value. People don’t want short-lasting furniture that was mass produced, but unique exquisite pieces made with elegance and character that will hold up over time. Antique furniture can be found almost everywhere: in your attic, at garage sales, at flea markets, and more. Sometimes, you can run across some very decent pieces in the most improbable places. This article, however, focuses on the best antique shops and bazaars that offer the most exclusive pieces of antique furniture in Toronto.

 

The Queen West Antique Centre

Queen West Antique Centre Front
Queen West Antique Centre Front

1605 Queen Street West

Exploring the diverse collection of antiques in the Queen West Antique Centre is a real adventure. You can find ancient anatomical posters or floor fans right next to a stunning stylish couch. This store is more than an ordinary antique store: they’ve got an abundance of great furniture — from vintage ’50s bureaus to modern Eames Chairs. If you like furniture that has history and hides many stories then this is the first place you should visit.

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Sharon O’Dowd Antiques & Custom Furniture

Sharon ODowd Antiques Custom Furniture Selection
Sharon O'Dowd Antiques Custom
Furniture Selection

1200 Castlefield Avenue

For more than twenty years, Sharon O’Dowd has been a favourite shopping destination in Toronto for unique antiques and custom furniture. The showroom of this Castlefield Design District shop is filled with beautiful, original pieces of antique furniture for every room in your home. Most of their wood-based antiques come from Europe and Quebec.

Phil’z 20th Century

Philz 20th Century Front
Philz 20th Century Front

792 Queen Street E

 

This high-ceilinged store, owned by Phil and Cynthia Markowitz, has one of the biggest selection of vintage treasures in town. At Phil’z 20th Century, you can find many exclusive pieces of furniture such as an Eames sofa or a 1960s Warren Platner for Steelcase in leather. It’s a bit more expensive, but they’re constantly changing stock of furniture and accessories of the best quality and in great condition.

Abraham’s Trading INC.

 
Abrahams Trading INC
Abrahams Trading INC

635 Queen Street West

Abraham has been buying and selling antiques and collectibles for more than twenty years. Abraham’s Trading INC. has an enormous collection of all kinds of quality antiques and collectibles: furniture, lights, china, carpets, rugs, typewriters, and much more. It’s located right in the centre of downtown Toronto on Queen Street West.

Machine Age Modern

 
Machine Age Modern Store Interior
Machine Age Modern Store Interior

1000 Queen Street East

Machine Age Modern has some really great scores, particularly unique mid-century modern teak pieces. According to Machine Age Modern’s website, their 20th century collection “includes modern design icons by legendary masters and rare international finds, all artistically arranged.“ This popular store will always surprise you with a great antique piece of furniture that arrived just yesterday.

Bernardi’s Antiques

Bernardis Antiques Selection
Bernardis Antiques Selection

699 Mount Pleasant Road

This fairly sized antique store has been selling antiques and collectables for over thirty-five years. Bernardi’s Antiques staff is extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. Although not every piece here is a true gem, there are always some pieces of exceptional quality that make this place worth visiting.

The Paisley Shop

The Paisley Shop Selection
The Paisley Shop Selection

877 Yonge Street

The Paisley Shop specializes in fine antique furniture, glass, porcelain, and decorative accessories from the 18th and 19th centuries. Dating its establishment back to 1926, this shop is the longest established antique business in Canada. Stepping inside this shop feels like entering the most luxurious homes of the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

Marie Antoinette French Antiques and Fine Furniture

Marie Antoinette French Antiques and Fine Furniture Showroom
Marie Antoinette French Antiques
and Fine Furniture Showroom

111 Miranda Avenue

Located in the Castlefield Design District, this shop offers many beautiful antique furniture pieces, each personally selected by Francine Stevenson-Boisvert. Most of them come from France. Marie Antoinette is a great shop that combines exclusive French antique furniture with exceptional personal service. Everyone who visits this magnificent shop gets enchanted by its gentle elegance and style.

 

507 Antiques

507 Antiques Showroom
507 Antiques Showroom

50 Caroll Street

507 Antiques is one of the largest antique dealers in Canada. Its selection of 18th and 19th century European antiques and Art Deco furniture is breathtaking. This shop is a huge labyrinth filled with antique tables, chairs, armoires, and side tables of all styles. The extensive diversity of the items here is stunning.
 

Dragon Heir

Dragon Heir Selection
Dragon Heir Selection

388 Carlaw Avenue

 

Dragon Heir brings the finest selection of quality Chinese antiques and furnishings to the Canadian market. They offer antique Chinese furniture, Ming Dynasty reproductions, pottery, bronze ware, and much more. The family tradition began after 1976’s Beijing earthquake, which caused extensive damage to many homes, buildings, and pieces of furniture. Back then, Li Yue started to collect and restore these partially damaged antique pieces of furniture, and later on, the huge demand of Western markets lead Li Yue to export these exclusive antiques.

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 Antique Furniture Shops in Toronto

March 27, 2012 at 9:39 am
Dan Glazier says:

Have you been to Frontier Sales on the Danforth?

Thanks,

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December 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm
Hamid Azghadi says:

Hi there,
I am an experienced clockmaker and I repair all kind of grandfather clocks/mantel clocks etc. if you need my help please give me a call.

Regards,
Hamid Azghadi
416-557 2742

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July 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm
Nancy says:

Hello,
I have numerous antique pieces of furniture from icebox treasure to gold scale to handcar end book case etc. We are downsizing and need to sell our items soon. Can you tell me who would buy these treasures for a fair price.

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October 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm
Keelie Floyd says:

I’m trying to find out information on the antique rocking horse picture at the top of this page. I recently acquired one identical to it at auction. Though it is a unique piece, I do not know anything of its origin. Could someone please give me some history on the rocking horse? Thanks.

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