Aw, man. It's been way too long between reviews posts. Time to get back to it.
And with that, I bring you a little piece on a new vintage shop that opened recently in my hood (St. Clair West/Hilcrest Village).
The shop's called Gypsy
and it's FABULOUS.
Gypsy is located in the same space as another local store that died recently (always a bummer). If you live in the neighbourhood, you might have noticed the recent changes to the facade. It used to be beige/tan. Now it's a wine/plum/burgundy colour.
Initially, this change made me nervous. Burgundy brings back memories of my 9th grade fetish for crushed velvet baby-doll dresses.
I was wrong to worry. The building's colour, and the romantic signage perfectly suit the moody, eclectic interior. The shop is dark and sumptuous, like a Parisian boutique you found hidden in a neighbourhood you only visited by accident. (In other words: it's awesomesauce and full of personality.)
On the day when I was there, I didn't have my camera, so I will rely on shots pilfered from the shop's own Tumbler page (linked via the shop name above).
What I love about it? It's PACKED with stock. This is one of the most well-stocked vintage shops I've ever visited, in fact. It's a little overwhelming. Though the space is not enormous, every square inch is filled with treasures, from boho dresses to leather boots, to jewellery, to collectibles to oddities. My friend and I stayed for two full hours and I don't think we managed to see everything.
And in general, stuff at Gypsy is well priced. It's a mid-range pre-loved kind of place. Here's a quote from the shop's Tumbler, describing the prices for some of the pieces in a recent window display:
"The jean dungarees on the tall model go for $30, which is a bit higher than the average for our jean shorts. Her 100% silk peasant blouse top is $38, and all the silk ties she’s adorned with (for belts and roses) - as well as all the silk ties in the store - are $24 each."
All those prices are fair, I'd say. Well below mall-range retail, but pricier than Goodwill, which makes complete sense when you factor in the work it takes to curate a nice vintage collection.
The shop's owner, Donnetta Galloway, seems like a lovely lady, with lots of experience. She told me she used to do custom bridal back in the day. (Her partner apparently owns one of the newish cafe's in the 'hood as well - NOIR - so shopping at Gypsy makes me feel like I'm supporting TWO small local businesses, which gives me the warm fuzzies.)
I didn't buy any clothing (not that I wasn't tempted), but I did snag a decorative piece that I absolutely love: a brass, moroccan-style pendant that I could easily convert into a light fixture. For the time being, it's hanging from the ceiling in my office.
Look past the bad lighting. It's great, right?
Anyway. Do check out Gypsy if you're in the hood. I couldn't be happier to see such a cool little shop making a go of it. GYPSY (found objects)
762 St. Clair Ave. W.
Toronto, ON m6C 1B5