PEOPLE. Vintage Crawl Toronto—our all-time shopping fave, happens TOMORROW. This is the perfect opp to stock up for winter!
Featuring 30 retailers from across Kensington Market, Queen West, West Queen West, Parkdale, Little Portugal, Dundas West and Ossington, VCTO will feature all the usual suspects: VSP, Courage My Love, House of Vintage, Shop Only and more. “There’s a real sense of community and fun during VCTO,” says VCTO co-founder Odessa Paloma Parker, “and I think people feel especially emboldened to step out of their sartorial comfort zone that night because there’s a buzz in the air.”
For one night only, vendors and retailers will be pulling out all the stops and showcasing their best and brightest finds. Parker has scooped up some of her fave vintage pieces from VCTOs past; including a rhinestone Nudie shirt from Victory Girl Vintage, and a few of her favourite special occasion dresses. “I think the selection will delight everyone – no matter if you’re looking for casual/every day stuff or something for a wedding or special event, the variety of vendors means there’s something for everyone, at every size and price.”
As for new additions to this year’s event, there’s a pop-up happening on Sterling Road at the Anansi Book Shop: “It’s the first time we have a Crawl venue in that area, and we’re super stoked that Vera Park Vintage is there. Ease, a Dundas West favourite, is hosting a pop-up with Only, and you can find Daisyhead Vintage popping up on Ossington at Victoire Boutique,” says Parker.
As a fashion editor, Parker loves that she can wear a unique, one-of-a-kind vintage piece to a fashion show or event and get tons of compliments. “People are often amazed that what I’m wearing is second-hand,” she says, “and I think it changes the perception about what wearing vintage clothing means. And I really love finding pieces that are obviously home-made – I can’t help but thinking about the history of the piece, what it meant to the person and where they would’ve worn it.”
VCTO happens this Thursday October 24th from 5-11 p.m., admission is free. Find map and full list of vendors here.