Owner of Gadabout Vintage Victoria Dinnick already had a full-time corporate job when she first opened the shop on Markham St. in 1997. Having lost her partner, she was looking for a project to keep her busy, and a vintage shop seemed like the perfect creative outlet—her great grandfather had been the owner of a general store, which had won awards for its elaborate displays, and she had always been fascinated by the concept of owning one of her own.
“I’ve always loved vintage clothing and costumes,” Dinnick says. “Back in the day I started with the 50s, and then the 40s, the 30s and the 20s, and now that I’m older I realize I can just be myself. I like all the eras, they all have something to offer.”
In addition to a robust collection of high-quality vintage clothing pieces, the store carries a variety of vintage items like antiques, toys, accessories and other curious bits and bobs.
After moving into the city’s film district in the east end in 1999, Dinnick began renting items from the shop to film crews. Gadabout has been the source of vintage set design features for productions like Murdoch Mysteries, Anne of Green Gables, Cinderella Man and The Queen’s Gambit.
Dinnick credits her passion for vintage goods as the reason for the longevity of the business.
“I’m doing it to make a living but also because I love it,” she says. “If you love it, you’ll just keep plodding ahead and persevering because you won’t let it go under.”
Here are five items from Gadabout that will help you stand out from the crowd and experience a small taste of another era—sans time machine:
This crimson rayon gown comes complete with padded shoulders and a belt buckle wrapped in gold foil for a touch of 1940s glam.
These crisp cotton Bermuda shorts will have you ready for the beach (or the golf course) in no time.
With cap sleeves, green glass buttons and a neck tie, this lime green frock is full of charming details.
This two-piece set from the 1980s is in excellent condition and an adorable option for day or night.
In near mint condition, this cashmere car coat is 100 per cent cashmere on the outside and silk on the inside for an ultra luxurious feel.