It’s no secret that I’m a devotee of consignment stores. With no two items the same, these shops offer the thrill of the hunt and the delight of a truly original find. I regularly score great designer pieces at a quarter or less of the retail price. Best of all: . . . → Click to read full blog
Rich Rags has undergone some changes since opening its second location on Douglas Street in 2011. (All accompanying photos here depict the Douglas store.)
The new downtown Douglas location has targets a younger, somewhat hipper demographic. This has allowed the original Rich Rags, on Yates Street near London Drugs, . . . → Click to read full blog
I was saddened when Panache Home Decor Consignment Boutique on Esquimalt Road closed its doors. Owner Jeff Isenor certainly gave it a good try, investing some five years in the neighbourhood. The closure, he promised, would not be permanent; he just needed to find a new, higher-traffic site for the . . . → Click to read full blog
The joys of Christmas shouldn’t be dragged down by the woes of credit-card debt in the New Year. Sure, it’s fun to give and receive, but maybe our holiday gifts don’t have to be quite so costly.
Reader Tracey L. sent me a great question this week: “I am looking . . . → Click to read full blog
There are good days, and then there are super-duper-fantastic days. I had one of the latter on Saturday when I happened on the new Duchess & Duke boutique at 1824 Government Street.
The consignment shop had been open for just two weeks when Honey and I strolled in. We . . . → Click to read full blog
In early September, I wrote about two excellent Victoria consignment stores specializing in children’s clothing, accessories, and toys: Mya’s Treasures and Sailor Jack Family Consignment. (Sadly, Mya’s Treasures has since closed.)
A helpful reader (thanks, Rebecca!) responded with a glowing recommendation for Bee’s Knees in Sooke, touting . . . → Click to read full blog
There is a special kind of happiness deal-hunters experience when we find an exceptional piece of clothing at a great price. I am radiating that happiness right now.
Within a week, I picked up two fashionable pieces that will define my fall wardrobe. One is a stylish black fur-felt women’s . . . → Click to read full blog
I’m a great proponent of quality consignment-store shopping, a practice that beautifully combines great scrimping and socially responsible recycling. And if shopping these secondhand stores makes sense for me, a woman with no children, it makes doubly good sense for moms. Why pay full retail for tiny outfits that your . . . → Click to read full blog
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 . . . → Click to read full blog