Gadsden’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show – Spring 2015

Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns becomes Fifties girlthe epicentre of Vintage fashion on Sunday, April 12. Thirty top vintage dealers from Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere put on a show and sale at historic, industrial-chic Wychwood Barns. Guests will find a wide range of vintage fashion, accessories and textiles. Men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, handbags, costume and fine jewellery, decorative pieces and a great deal more. The Wychwood Vintage show has become a hot-spot for fashion conscious vintage shoppers from across the city.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Artscape Wychwood Barns

601 Christie Street

Toronto, Ontario, M6G 4C7

Hours: Sunday, April 12, 10 am – 5:00 pm

Admission Adults $8.00, Children 12 and under no charge

Meet 30 top Vintage dealers on April 12, including:

Forget Me Not by Emma Paige, Toronto
‘For the spring show I will be putting a focus on vintage party wear, which will include a wide selection of wedding dresses ranging from the 1930s-1950′s, prom dresses from the 50′s & 60′s and great party dresses including a fabulous black beaded Diane von Furstenberg. We specialize in ladies high-end vintage wear and carry labels such as Ceil Chapman, Suzy Perette & Pierre Balmain.
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Pictures include:
Cream silk 1960′s Ceil Chapman evening gown
Peach 1950′s prom dress and a selection of dresses from the 1960′s

The Bead Goes On, Cyndy Calder, TorontoCyndy
“For the spring Wychwood Clothing Show I will featuring accessories for brides necklaces, earrings, bracelets, hair jewellery and beaded bags along with my usual items.”
Anne Sachar, Reflections of Tyme, St Davids.
“Catering to hard working young women, older women feeling ‘young at heart’, and everyone that loves designer vintage…keep an eye out for the PINK BAG lady…”

Patina Vintage, Waterloo Patina Carolyn Cole of Patina Vintage values the appeal of items that are well-made and representative of past eras. Says Carolyn: “We have a variety of vintage and antique pieces that offer unique charm and affordability. Patina Vintage will be showcasing a variety of clothing, jewelry (including Sherman), furs and a large assortment of beautiful hats. The collage at right shows a sample of my wares.”
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. I sell affordable fashion for guys and gals…A fabulous selection of top quality vintage, retro, accessories, jewelry, suits, evening gowns and casual second hand clothing.”
Sam1Samantha Howard Vintage, Toronto Samantha is a second generation collector and dealer of antiques with over 35 years’ experience in the business and an ongoing love of beautiful objects. Sam specializes in Modern Design, including Scandinavian ceramics and glass, with a special interest in Scandinavian and Canadian Modernist jewellery, also good vintage fashion. “At Wychwood, in addition to jewellery, I’ll have a variety of vintage smalls: teak sculptural coat hook, leather boxes, de Passillé-Sylvestre belt, Dansk ring holder, etc.”
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Gadabout, Victoria Dinnick, Toronto One of Toronto’s Gadabout most successful and highly rated Vintage stores, Gadabout is an amazing repository for all that is vintage. Bursting with vintage clothing, accessories, and fabrics including household textiles, blankets and rugs. The Manly Man Corner is famous for its variety and oddities. Clothing dates from the late 1800s through the 1970s and is in impeccable condition.

Victoria’s Wychwood display will include this DONNA KARAN 1987 PETAL DRESS FEATURED IN 1987 BRITISH VOGUE Rare circa 1987 Donna Karan colorblock silk bustier wrap dress. Fashioned of rich jewel tone colors of emerald and kelly green double backed silk. Fabric wraps around with closure under bustline. Spaghetti straps with underwire support. From the 1987 Spring/Summer Donna Karan Collection that was featured in British Vogue.

Patricia Gostick, Bijoux Vintage Costume Jewellery, Toronto specializes in
quality vintage costume jewellery and accessories. Knowledge, service and
fairness are her trademarks. CHECK OUT PATRICIA’S NEW RUBY LANE SHOP,
Bijoux Vintage.

For the spring Wychwood Show, Patricia will be displaying lots of
1960′s-’70′s bright, cheerful enamel flower pins and lucite rings, as well
as colourful designer fabrics. She will also be selling an armload of
bakelite bangles. Finally, Ms. Gostick will be offering some special
jewellery items, like a 20 strand emerald green glass bead necklace by
“deLillo.” Hopefully, thinking about these “hot” baubles will help warm up
the remaining weeks of winter!


 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 prom dress in peach taffeta and net with removable shrug jacket, tagged “Perfect Junior Formal Ltd Toronto”, a 1950′s CATALINA black swimsuit decorated with rhinestones! and a 1950′s beaded poodle purse retailed by Altman Co. New York.”
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Judith sends an update!
Judith emailed these photos of two great items she just found and which she is saving for Wychwood.

Three foot tall store display sign for Richard Hudnut perfume. 1930′s.

All original store display box of silk buttons on cards from early 1900′s
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Julia’s latest find Julia 1“Early pennants ( all pre 1920) cover a wool blanket ready to hang in the coolest man cave!!! It is in pristine condition! It’s priced at $845.00 ( I really don’t care if I sell it cause I love it!!!!)” – Julia Wright.

Annetique Boutique, Thornhill Anne Purwitsky has been selling antiques for 20 years. “I especially love antique and vintage textiles and related items. Many years ago my grandmother, who was an expert needlewoman, gave me two linen bedspreads with exquisite embroidery, cutwork and lace insets which she had made as part of her trousseau. She also gave me some Ottoman towels which are heavily embroidered with metallic thread. These items piqued my interest and love for antique fabrics, lace, buttons and related sewing items. I also love to sell vintage household linens as they have such a luxurious feel and the different types of handwork they are decorated with are such works of art. This interest has expanded into vintage clothing accessories and jewellery.”

“I will be bringing to Wychwood barns this April, a fabulous set of 1920′s celluloid buttons depicting the Japanese Gods of fortune. A huge selection of buttons both for the button collector and the seamstress including a rare Liverpool button, some sterling mid century buttons and a set of sterling and mother of pearl buttons from Taxco, Mexico.”
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Also, silk vintage scarves including Hermes, Christian Dior and Liberty; some antique and vintage tablecloths including an unusual 1950s novelty tablecloth decorated with dieting advice; and a zig zag celluloid flapper cloche ornament.
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Factory Girl Vintage, Robin Tillmanns, Cambridge
“I’ve always been a nostalgic person and I love all things vintage (it has a way of stirring my creativity). I believe that wearing vintage is by far the most tangible way to connect to your favourite era.”

“The name ‘Factory Girl’ reflects two of my most loved eras in vintage fashion:
The 1940′s- when munitions factory girl workers were asserting their independence during wartime, all while still managing to look glamorous in pin-curled victory rolls, red lips and bright floral tea dresses.
The 1960′s- when Andy Warhol’s NYC studio, The Factory, was the hip hangout for artsy types and stylish lady muses, known as ‘factory girls’.

Throughout the decades, the curvy silhouettes and hourglass figures are my favourite things about vintage fashion. It’s all just so unashamedly feminine.”

Attached pics:

#1. I’m thinking Spring! Expect lots of colour.

#2. Gold brocade with exquisite beading, Rene Original.

#3. Showing detail of the lovely beading.

#4. Geometric print mod dress, England. Fantastic shiny turquoise dress (showing back of dress.)


Eric Rados, LuckyPatina Vintage, Toronto LuckyP1
“Ever since I can remember I’ve been thrifting and looking for the next great find. Growing up in a house full of vintage knick knacks and antique furniture helped shape my aesthetic and eye.”

At Wychwood we’ll be offering an eclectic assortment of 1930-70′s vintage jewelry picked from travels across Canada. Specializing in Bakelite, Canadian Modernist and Rafael Alfandary jewelry. Each piece is handpicked with a critical but curious eye. “Patina is a life well lived.”

Bakelite Picture – Bakelite and Celluloid Crib Doll, Stack of Chunky Bakelite Bangles, Cherry Polka Dot Bakelite and Wood Bangle, and a Bakelite Scottie Dog Brooch.

SCANDIMANIA, Katya Pereyaslavska and Stephen Spong, Toronto

“Katya and Stephen are second generation of collectors with 20 years of experience. We pride on being selective in the pieces we choose to sell to our valued customers.

Coming to this project with a strong background in scholarly research, fine arts and mid-century modern design, curatorship, as well as experience working at several Toronto-based auction houses and cultural institutions, Scandimania is about fostering a higher level of appreciation of the aesthetic and the theory behind every piece we discover.

Conducting primary research to add value to important objects, Scandimania is about the process of discovery and preservation of valuable cultural history.”

Images in order:

- 1970s K E Palmberg for Alton of Sweden bronze necklace
- 1970s Silver Hallmarked Swedish Owl Belt Buckle
- Pal Kepenyes signed bronze kinetic “Milagros” necklace


Dovetails and Squarenails Antiques, Rod and Bea Slack, Brockville, ON Bea and Rod are expert dealers in antique quilts. Look for hand worked, traditional and unique designs. They will also have Sherman and other costume jewellery and a good collection of fine linens.
Renee Piche, Montreal
I have always had a passion for beautiful and unusual fashion, be it jewelry, accessories or clothing and, at one point, became fascinated with bakelite jewelry. That was my first step in the business. I have since gone on to other things, but bakelite and other plastics have remained a big part of my business. Come and see what I am bringing to the show; I think you’ll enjoy it. Am I bringing anything special to the Wychwood Barns Show? Here are photos of some examples: A harlequin pattern celluloid snake bracelet that is to die for and two art deco flapper headpieces.
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Also meet these outstanding dealers at Wychwood: 

Richard Fulton Antiques, Toronto

Lace and Library, Whitby

Adeline, Whitby

Claude Provost, Montreal

English Eccentrics, Toronto

Treasure Chicks Vintage, Pickering

Norma’s, Fort Erie

Joie de Vintage, Bright’s Grove


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 Christie 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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