1024 Dupont, suite 105, 416-538-2127, www.hotproperty.ca
The product of his 20-years-plus as a prop master servicing U.S. and Canadian movie sets, John Silverstein 's collection - now retro retail heaven Hot Property - will make you mourn all those wasted years questing for quality antiques at the markets or Goodwill and coming up empty-handed.
You'll be overwhelmed when you first lay eyes on the warehouse space, nestled among furniture repair and photographers' studios on this mostly undeveloped strip of Dupont. It's crammed with pristine, quality pieces dating from the 20s to the 80s, and you'll want to buy everything. From the Eames chairs to the Seguso vases, you won't know where to start - or stop. But control the drool factor; some pieces are still just for rental. If you're a collector of more offbeat name-brand antiques, there's an astounding selection of vintage suitcases, alarm clocks, hat boxes, objets d'art, books and other relics of days past.
Silverstein's picks : Working rotary phones, $125 each; Murano art glass vase, $300; original photograph of a tattooed lady from a series on so-called freak shows, $250.
Look for : Metal lunch boxes from the 50s, light fixtures and lamps from the 60s and 70s, designer mid-century furniture and a serious collection of museum-grade Bauhaus pieces.
Hours : Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday by appointment.