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‘A rewarding feeling’: Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Market returns Mar. 27
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‘A rewarding feeling’: Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Market returns Mar. 27

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Toronto's newest pop-up vintage market returns after a lockdown-related hiatus

A new vintage event series in Toronto, Ont. is ready to welcome shoppers again this weekend after a two-month hiatus due to provincial public health lockdowns.

The Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Market is happening Mar. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Space on King, an event space near the Distillery District.

After two successful pop-ups in late 2021, COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings forced market organizer Kris Finelli to put her brand-new event on pause.

But now the market is back, and this time for good — monthly pop-ups are planned for the rest of 2022.

The Mar. 27 event features 17 vintage vendors and local makers selling home decor, vintage clothing and accessories. The first five people to arrive at 10 a.m. will receive a door prize from the market vendors.

A woman in a pink tuque and a woman in a black parka browse a vintage pop-up booth adorned with brass and glass objects including candlesticks, cups, vases, and mirrors.
The Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Market returns Mar. 27 at Space on King. Pictured: Fox & Phoenix Vintage at the November 2021 edition of the market. Photo: Clayton Hansler/Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Markets

Vintage-focused event needed

Finelli, who owns Golden Dayz Vintage, says a vintage-focused pop-up event was needed in the city after so many local sellers bonded online during the early days of the pandemic.

Last September, Finelli and five other sellers first gathered at a pop-up organized by west-end restaurant Donna’s. It was such a success that she knew she needed to expand the idea into a permanent series.

Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Markets was born, and Finelli welcomed her first set of vendors at Space on King in November 2021. A second market followed in December.

Seeing the vendors, many of them now her friends, come together at the market “makes my heart come outside of me,” she says.

A woman with long brown hair wearing a red blouse smiles for the camera while standing behind her vintage pop-up booth consisting of ceramic and glass vases, earrings, and a pair of white bookends shaped like the head of a horse.
Kris Finelli, founder of Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Markets and owner of Golden Dayz Vintage, says she loves the community mentality of the vintage-selling scene. “We’re all helping each other,” she says. Photo: Clayton Hansler/Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Markets

Pop-ups emulate the ‘retail’ experience

Finelli opened Golden Dayz Vintage as an Instagram shop in August 2020, realizing a 16-year dream of opening a consignment store.

She now also sells online via Etsy, but says the in-person experience Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Markets provides is crucial to diversifying her business. Pop-ups are a great way to get in front of customers, interact with them face-to-face and enjoy a more traditional retail experience.

“A lot of us, our dream is owning a store,” she says. “We put so much into sourcing our pieces and loving them. So the markets are a rewarding feeling.”

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More about the Mar. 27 market

Vintage vendors at the Mar. 27 market include:

  • Bohochackies
  • Duofindss
  • Edie Mae Vintage
  • Golden Dayz Vintage
  • Grandmillennial Vintage
  • His and Her Vintage
  • Little x Little Abode
  • Loveless Collection
  • Moonshine Vintage
  • Myliu Vintage Preloved
  • Somerset General
  • Soulbird Vintage
  • Vintage Nest TO

Local artisans will also be on deck:

  • Food charms from Studio Aran
  • Pastel candles from Moonwix
  • Name candles from This Candle is Lit
  • Hand-painted drinkware from Shop Runi

Vintage vendor Tokosel Market at the November 2021 edition of Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Markets. Photo: Clayton Hansler/Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Markets

Admission is free, and masks are optional as per Ontario public health guidelines. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags and cash, though some vendors accept debit and credit.

For vendor inquiries on future markets and or to keep an eye on upcoming pop-up dates, follow Toronto Vintage Pop-Up Markets on Instagram.

To see more vintage and resale events happening in Toronto and across Canada, visit our events calendar.

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