Canada’s Pop-Up Mega Vintage Market Features
125 Vendors and Thousands of Vintage Items
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2023 – Canada’s mega vintage sale – The Toronto Vintage Show – is back for an epic two-day shopping event on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place. This vintage lover’s paradise features a 50,000 square foot veritable treasure trove of vintage items from over 125 independent vendors and shops. Sellers carefully curate their collections, saving the best and most interesting pieces to feature at the show. Tickets are $15, with discounted admission available at www.vintageshow.ca.
Since 2014, the Toronto Vintage Show has been the ultimate destination for all things vintage – offering something for everyone. As Canada’s largest sale of vintage clothing, visitors will find vendors who specialize in cocktail attire, fall coats, designer handbags, inclusive sizing garments, holiday dresses, menswear, streetwear, upcycled fashions and more. Plus, shop vintage art and décor, kitchenware, home goods, barware, and lifestyle products like records, cameras and more.
Vintage has exploded in popularity over the past several years and global demand is showing no signs of slowing. ThredUp’s 2023 Resale Report predicts the global secondhand fashion market could reach $350 billion USD by 2027, nearly double what it is today, and will represent 10 per cent of the apparel market next year.
Vintage’s staying power isn’t surprising. Vintage enthusiast and Toronto influencer Anne Vranic, @historyhypegirl, loves the thrill of the hunt: “Many of my most prized possessions have been thrifted. Whether you know its provenance or not, each item has its own story and history. When I put on a piece of vintage clothing or jewelry, I feel a deeper connection with the past. There’s a sense of nostalgia, romanticism and preciousness that comes with pre-loved items that offers an infinite and unquantifiable value. And if all that isn’t enough…it’s much more satisfying to breathe new life into something old and to slow a garment’s journey to landfill, than to buy new.”
The popularity of vintage stems from a number of benefits:
· Good for the planet: There’s no denying fashion is a contributor to climate change but giving new life to vintage items dramatically reduces environmental impact, cutting out waste across the manifesting process starting from the raw materials to manufacturing, shipping, and the end of the lifecycle in the trash. The UN estimates that the fashion industry contributes up to eight per cent of global emissions, along with other impacts to water and land, but ThredUp reports that wearing secondhand clothing reduces carbon emissions by an average of 25 per cent. In fact, they found if every person purchased a pre-owned garment, the impact would be equivalent to taking 76 million cars off the road for a day, saving 23 billion gallons of water and reducing energy consumption comparable to 37 billion hours of TV streaming.
· Originality is key: Now more than ever, originality is celebrated. What better way to stand out than with one-of-a-kind vintage. Fashion is cyclical, meaning what was trendy once, will be again. For those wanting to be on trend, buying vintage is a great way to align with what’s in fashion while maintaining individuality, since no one else will have the exact same look.
· Resale value: It’s nearly impossible to keep up with today’s rapidly changing fashion trends — leaving countless items heading straight to the landfill when they go out of style. But quality, well-maintained vintage items hold value, enabling them to be sold or traded in when owners no longer love an item or it no longer fits. The same goes for vintage furniture. Plus, it feels great to save things from the landfill, knowing someone else will love it in the future.
· Quality craftsmanship: Vintage items, whether clothing and accessories or furnishings and household goods, have stood the test of time. Made to last, many vintage items were created in an era when well-made, high-quality items were the standard.
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