One of a Kind Shop: End of Thread Antique Emporium

By Rosalyn Gambhir

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet. Come and connect at The End of the Thread…” and you won’t ever want to leave. Situated on the corner of Princess Street and Montreal Street in historical downtown Kingston, it was a mix and match of a financial and artistic background that brought owners Steve and Tracey to open up shop and begin a serendipitous adventure in the Limestone city.
 
With their original location in Brighton open for six years already, it was time for a change of scenery. End of the Thread Antique Emporium is not your traditional antique shop – it is a mix of vintage and new pieces but also unusual one-of-a-kind items. You best be thrilled with your purchase, as returns are not accepted.
 

From dress forms to factory cart coffee tables – you will always find something that will catch your eye.
From dress forms to factory cart coffee tables – you will always find something that will catch your eye.

 
This somewhat recent addition to the downtown core is a destination in itself. From repurposed industrial pieces, kitschy giftware, memorabilia and reproductions from all around the world – End of Thread Antique Emporium is a well-curated masterpiece. A museum of wonders so to speak that is home to a selection of eclectic goods, all of which can be purchased, of course.
 
The story of Steve and Tracey is quite simple – they came to visit a few friends and never went home, the love for the small town of Brighton made them stay and then their hearts reached out to Kingston. As they were photographing old buildings in the city for inspiration to renew their Brighton storefront – their newest location at 201 Princess Street caught their eye and attention in terms of curb appeal.
 
Shopping for a gift? Look no further as you can find the line Illume candles and Go Be Lovely beauty products.
Shopping for a gift? Look no further as you can find the line Illume candles and Go Be Lovely beauty products.

 
End of the Thread Antique Emporium is the perfect match for those willing to go on an adventure, or as antique shoppers say, ‘go on a hunt’ to find that hidden gem. Every nook and cranny in the store is filled with character and charm – the pieces on display all have a story behind them. Ask and you’ll find out!
 
Fifties Seeburg Jukebox anyone? This one is for you old school music lovers
Fifties Seeburg Jukebox anyone? This one is for you old school music lovers

 
Though not traditional, the store is carefully merchandised with customers in mind. Get ready to walk into a whole other world of big heavy repurposed industrial items. . From coffee tables incorporating 1920’s coffin rollers, medical cabinets, dining tables, side tables, you name it this shop has it – the possibilities are endless. Notable names like Chehoma, Zodax and Two’s Company are just some of the brands that can be found here.
 
Let your eyes ponder through this store and be surprised at every turn.
Let your eyes ponder through this store and be surprised at every turn.

 
If you’re not into the bigger items, End of the Thread also caters to the humorous types – baubles can be found throughout the store – Blue Q- edgy GUM, hand sanitizers, breath sprays, recycled bags, Fred products include Food Face plates for the kids- and other amusing kitchen and bar items for the young at heart. Perfect for souvenirs or a light-hearted gift.
 
Neon signs really do draw you in!
Neon signs really do draw you in! 

 
No matter how old you are or what you’re on the hunt for, you’ll leave End of the Thread Antique Emporium with a smile, as every visit is a unique experience.
 

For more information:

 
201 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1B3
15 Main Street, Brighton, ON K0K 1H0
Instagram: @endofthethread
Facebook: End-of-the-Thread-Antique-Emporium
Website: www.endofthethread.com