- GOOD THINGS (250-598-9393), 104-1841 Oak Bay Avenue.
Rejoice, rejoice! Good Things household consignment store has reopened in Oak Bay.
When Good Things closed earlier this year because of fire, smoke, and water damage, regular patrons feared it might be the end for this wonderful store. I’m happy to report that it’s back and better than ever!
Customers were streaming in and out of the renewed shop last Saturday, which apparently reopened about six weeks ago. The space is refreshed and expanded, with three generous rooms burgeoning with top-quality consignment items at terrific prices.
What can you expect to find at Good Things?
- Full sets of good china and individual replacement pieces
- Modern crystal bowls, vases, glassware
- Period glassware, such as Fire King, milk glass, and Depression glass
- Functional handmade pottery: casseroles, canisters, dishes
- Kitchen tools and cookware, including lots of good Corningware
- Table linens, curtains
- Full sets of silverware
- Nice-quality secondhand cookbooks, children’s books, and interior-design books
- Collectable curios of all kinds
I was there to pick up some glassware for microwaving. I’ve finally heeded the warnings about the chemicals that plastics can release into our food during reheating, and have thrown out all my old plastic cookware. I found several excellent Pyrex glass bowls in various sizes for between $8 and $12 each.
My steal of the day was this lovely three-footed crystal bowl, which I plan to fill with sparkling Christmas ornaments as a table centerpiece for the holidays. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you what I paid: $11, marked down from the initial price of $22!
- PANACHE (250-590-2231), 50 Burnside Road West
And speaking of steals, the find I made this week at Panache home-decor consignments may be my Ultimate Bargain Buy of 2010. You may recall me mentioning a pair of handmade pottery lamps in my write-up about Panache back in October. Well, I got them!
The lamps were priced at $200 when owner Jeff Isenor took them in—already a very fair price for such beautifully thrown pottery pieces, hand-etched with stylized poppies. Fervently, I wished and hoped that no-one would buy them and, miraculously, they stayed long enough to be marked down to $100. I expressed my keen interest to Jeff, who took pity and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: $75 for the pair.
These gorgeous tri-light lamps, made by James Pottery on Quadra Island, B.C., and in pristine condition with perfectly matched shades, will be a treasured feature of my home decor. (That’s my ginger cat. Mr. Bailey, peeking out from behind the lamps.)
- SUPER CHANCE (250-385-2523), 10-435 Simcoe Street
As a wrap-up to this article, I should also mention a third home-consignment store in Victoria. Super Chance in James Bay lacks the sparkling selection of Good Things, and its rumble-sale ambience falls far short of the elegant merchandise displays at Panache, but if you are patient and look around carefully, you can spy some good items at great prices. I paid $10 for this maroon-coloured glass Corningware saucepan, an excellent addition to my new microwave collection.