One of the main reasons we love our homes is the furniture. It enhances our rooms, makes our lives much more comfortable, and brings life into our houses. However, buying new furniture is a large investment and sometimes there's not enough money to spend on new furniture. Luckily, there's a lot of great second-hand furniture stores in Toronto so you don't have to save up for new furniture but build a comfortable and convenient interior space with second-hand or reused furniture instead. However, finding a decent second-hand furniture store might be a daunting task. This short guide should make finding a good second-hand furniture store in Toronto and the GTA a bit easier.
Monday-Saturday : 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
GUFF Good Used Furniture Finds is a reasonable and stylish used furniture store packed with great stuff that has all you need. Their collection includes a mix of interesting vintage finds, mid-century modern classics, re-purposed industrial pieces, and much more. Their turnover is high but there are always new pieces coming in. Nothing describes GUFF Good Used Furniture Finds better than dozens of very positive reviews of satisfied customers such as this one:
This place is definitely worth a stop â even if you don't think you need anything, you'll find something delightful that will make you mentally rearrange your living room to see if you can justify bringing it home.
If you're looking for something specific, it might be useful to check their blog before visiting their store.
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Monday-Tuesday: 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Wednesday-Thursday: 11:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M.
Friday: 11:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
The Elegant Garage Sale is a cool second-hand furniture store with one of the widest topsy-turvy collections in Toronto. You can find almost everything here, including a collection of vintage serving pieces, home dÃ©cor, furniture, toys, consignment jewellery, high- and low- quality antiques, and much more. This store combines diversity with style and great prices. All pieces are selected by the owners, who do a great job refilling the quickly vanishing pieces.
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Monday-Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Of Things Past is a huge second-hand furniture store that has been functioning since 1996 and spans about 22,000 square feet. Their vast and constantly changing selection is stunning. The prices are slide down according to the time an item spends on the shelf, which allows for some significant mark-downs; however, the items here do not tend to last long. The knowledgeable staff at Of Things Past are always willing to help and fulfill their mission, which is "to resell home furnishings of good quality, good design, and today's market at better than retail prices."
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Monday, Friday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Saturday: 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Sundays: 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Frontier Sales offers a vast selection of quality furniture from almost every era â antique, vintage, mid-century modern, and even pieces found in the latest decor magazines. It was established in 1981 and since then has quickly became one of the first successful second-hand stores in Toronto. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff makes sure that your experience with Frontier Sales is positive. Their huge, 15,000-square-foot showroom hides many beautiful treasures that are waiting to be discovered. Take a look at their virtual showroom before visiting their brick and mortar store at Danforth Avenue.
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Monday-Friday: 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Saturday: noon-5:30 P.M.
Located in Ossington Village, Cindiloohoo is an excellent second-hand furniture store that sells reclaimed and refurbished furniture as well as some antiques. This highly acclaimed store is popular among local lovers of unique, stylish home furnishings. Their selection includes an abundance of stunning vintage pieces that have a lot of stories and character.
If you don't have enough time for browsing through piles of furniture crammed in second-hand furniture stores scattered around the whole of Toronto, you should try purchasing your furniture online. Furnishlyst is a curated online second-hand furniture store that provides a great way to view the best quality furniture listings in Toronto. It takes listings from several sites across the internet and curates them for quality and value. The list is updated several times a day.
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1698 Queen St. West
"Antique stores by nature tend to be pretty eclectic, but I think more than most we really have a bit of everything."
This was the answer given by Palmer Jarvis, manager of 1698 Queen Antiques, when I asked him what made his store stand out from the many others. A blowtorch made out of brass can share store space with a coffee table made from a eighteenth-century grain threshing board, along with a rotary knife sharpener and what Jarvis described as "the usual 1960s - 70s teak furniture."
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699 Queen St. W
Monday-Wednesday: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Thursday-Friday: 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Saturday: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Sundays: 12:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
It's highly unlikely that you'd ever find a blowtorch or a reborn threshing board at Chatelet. Owner Teresa Wiwchar (pronounced "wicher") told me that she aims for "a sort of girlie aesthetic, sort of French." Wiwchar's establishment is small and white, stuffed with little things that sparkle and larger stuff that's, well, white.
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1000 Queen St. E (at Carlaw Ave.)
As its somewhat manly name suggests, MachineAgeModern is the antithesis of Chatelete in a lot of ways. While inviting (and dog-friendly), you could hardly call it cosy, and while many of the pieces on display may be elegant, most of them are emphatically not pretty. The space itself is also vastly different (and for an antique store, rather distinctive), being spacious and incredibly well lit.
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710 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto,
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 5pm, Tuesdays by appointment
Suitcases and Chests
Even though Vintage Home Boutique has been open only a short time, the hot seller has been mid-century platform bed frames - the perfect piece for many of the new condominium residents of the neighbourhood. Several shoppers are also looking for bedroom dressers. For Maureen and Keith, their devotion to quality vintage and well-made design is now shared by all those who come to Vintage Home Boutique.
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327 Queen Street East
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 12pm-6pm
Monday, by appointment only
Ethel, a vintage furniture and home décor boutique, is a far cry from spare and minimal design that is de rigeur for serious home decor: as its owner Shauntelle LeBlanc says "life is too short for beige." From Polynesian pop tiki accessories to a streamlined teak furniture, Ethel's offerings fall under the mantra that vintage colour, pattern, whimsy and style are compatible with contemporary homes.
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249 Gerrard Street East
Monday - Tuesday closed
Wednesday - Friday 3pm-8pm
Eclectisaurus was opened in 2005, reflecting the passion of the owner for great design. Whether its vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery or teak furniture, glass sculpture or typewriters, Leslie Zysman focuses on well-made and distinct items. She avoids the trends, focusing on what she knows are well-designed creations, such as mid-century Canadian and Scandinavian design, and eye-catching décor pieces not easily found in any big box retailer.
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