Vintage Dresses and Hidden Treasures.

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to go to the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show, at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place, in Toronto. I had stumbled upon the show on Instagram, and knew immediately that I had to check it out, especially considering that tickets were only $10. I really love vintage clothing, and there’s just something really fun about sifting through an antique market for treasures. You just never know what you’ll find. And I always find LOTS. It’s a problem.

So upon my discovery of this really neat event, I knew I needed a partner in crime. Now, a great deal of my friends are into vintage and antique things, but Mackenzie is just about as nerdy about it as I am. Not to mention her penchant for putting together stunning ensembles. With her living at home in Hamilton after finishing up her masters degree in 19th Century Studies at King’s College in London, England, meeting up at Exhibition Place is the perfect mid-point between us. I talked in my last post about how difficult it is to maintain friendships from a distance, especially after finishing school (and don’t even get me started about trying to arrange plans with more than one friend at a time… pesky work schedules!!!). Because Mackenzie and I were roommates AND classmates/colleagues during our undergrad at Laurier, its been tough not being able to just take a few steps down the hall right into her room when I want to chat… Or borrow an outfit. *wink* But being able to go to the show together was a real treat; its important to spend quality one-on-one time with people you love.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the show, as neither of us had been before, with Chenz never even having ever been to Exhibition Place to begin with. I didn’t have any serious plans or specific pieces that I was looking for, though once we were through the doors, I knew this would be a great place to start some serious searching for pieces for a Peggy Carter cosplay that I plan to work on over the summer. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up finding anything in that regard that I absolutely loved, with the majority of shoes being size 7 or smaller (I’m a size 9), and the majority of clothing pieces being dated from the 1950’s onward. But all of that being said, we had an AWESOME time.

It was really great getting a chance to chat with the vendors and learn more about ways to get involved in the community. And I do have to say that Chenz and I happened upon some seriously beautiful pieces (that we didn’t buy because we’re poor graduates). I did end up grabbing two really cute necklaces from a stall curated by a young Ryerson student, who currently runs her business out of Etsy. It was great getting to know her, and check out the pieces that she had brought with her to the show.

I also went home with an absolute gem from the antiques market. It was a King James Bible printed in Scotland in 1950, that somehow found its way to Jerusalem, where the beautiful Mother of Pearl carved detailing on the front and back covers was presumably done. As per the inscription on the inside front cover, it was then purchased in Jerusalem by a pair of grandparents as a gift for their granddaughter, in 1955. I saw it on the table and just knew I couldn’t leave without it… Especially after spying the $12.50 pricetag. I’ve gotta say, I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of an antique/vintage purchase.

If I had any complaints, it was that there was exactly one option for food (it was yummy) and it was ludicrously expensive (I’m talking $10.75 for a sandwich and $4.75 for a juice). Being at The Ex, I’m not really sure what I expected, but it would have been really great to have more than one option.

I can’t wait to go back to the show next year!

Love Always,

Emma Cate

P.S. Stay tuned for some Star Wars love coming up over the next couple of weeks!

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