While humans have not yet conquered time travel, fragments of history can still be relived in vintage items.
As for the items themselves, what is it that draws people to the vintage aesthetic?
Back to the Fuchsia is one of London’s different vintage hubs. Along with vintage fashion, it also provides collectible items and nostalgic furniture.
Mary operates the business on Dundas Street, and she says vintage items have a lot more character.
“There’s a lot more variation stretching back through previous periods,” said Mary.
“I think that there’s a greater degree of quality.”
Even music lovers have a chance to relive history with a quick visit to Odyssey Records. Located inside the Baker’s Dozen on Dundas Street, Odyssey provides vinyl records across all genres of music.
As for vinyl itself, Odyssey owner Justin Chasty says it provides a much more tactile experience than listening to music electronically.
“You open up the record, you get to look at the artwork on the back of the record and read the liner notes,” said Chasty.
“Some people say [the sound] is more warm and organic… it has the nice little hum and pop and crackle for the record.”
In late September, London’s most recent vintage shop, Spotlight on Vintage, opened its doors on Richmond Street, just south of Oxford Street.
Cindy Woods is the owner and the newcomer to London’s vintage market says things have been phenomenal thus far.
“I have two fitting rooms and I might need a third,” joked Woods. “I had a short-term vision and might have to switch to the long-term.”
For those looking to have a blast from the past, or simply wanting to spruce up their wardrobe, vintage lovers will have to look no further than London, Ont. to satisfy their vintage shopping needs.