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Victoria Dining Guide

Victoria Dining Guide

Wondering where to dine in Victoria? I LOVE trying new restaurants, and I've been compiling my BIG list of favourite eateries for more than a decade. Click the fork-and-spoon image to read my Victoria Dining Guide.

Home Reno DIYers Should Check Out

Victoria Savvy readers really are people in the know in this city. Reader Roodi shared a wonderful new local resource for do-it-yourselfers with the following comment on my blog about Victoria’s ReStore in Langford.

“A new place to get repurposed supplies in Victoria is The website is well laid . . . → Click to read full blog


Ride the IKEA Bus from Victoria to Richmond for a Shopaganza!

There is a wonderful and surprisingly little-known solution for IKEA-starved Islanders: the Pacific Coach Lines’ IKEA Day Trip, just $40 *return* fare per person. . . . → Click to read full blog


Milkman’s Daughter is a Wonderful, One-of-a-Kind Store: Victoria, BC

If you have not yet made a visit to the Milkman’s Daughter, it’s time. I can’t think of any other shop in Victoria where the merchandise is so consistently surprising and unique.

If you’re familiar with the screen-printed clothing at Smoking Lily, Victoria’s tiniest retail shop at 569A Johnson Street . . . → Click to read full blog


Where to Find Fabulous Greeting Cards in Victoria, BC

With the holiday season on the horizon, I set out last night to search for some special Christmas cards for friends and family. By the time I left home around 5:30 p.m., I knew I would be too late for the six-o’clock-closing of two of my favourite shops: The Shieling . . . → Click to read full blog


Antique, Collectible, Vintage, and Toy Shows in Victoria, BC: Fall 2011

I popped into Tillicum Centre mall after 5 p.m. to use the bank machine at Coast Capital Savings.

(Speaking of which: if you don’t have a NO-fee chequing account at Coast Capital, I have to ask, WHY? Seriously, there is no catch. Stop paying those hateful bank service fees!).

Lo . . . → Click to read full blog


New Victoria HomeSense Store is OPEN!

In an interesting twist this morning, my own Scrimp or Splurge website gave me some exciting news for Victoria shoppers. A Google ad popped up on my home page proclaiming that Victoria’s new HomeSense store is NOW OPEN! Woohoo!

I know I’m not the only one who has watched the . . . → Click to read full blog


At ReStore in Langford, Get Recycled Home Building Materials at Bargain Prices

Is it better to give or to receive? At ReStore in Langford, home renovators are encouraged to do both.

ReStore is a building supply store like no other. Operated as a fundraising centre for Habitat for Humanity Victoria, the outlet sells building supplies it receives by donation. Some items are . . . → Click to read full blog


Victoria’s Best Household Consignment Stores

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


Buy Secondhand at Victoria Thrift Stores and Feel Good About Saving, Recycling, and Helping Others in Need


I have a friend who shops regularly at Value Village, the sprawling, for-profit thrift store at 1810 Store Street in downtown Victoria. Gary is not a college student furnishing a first apartment or a funky alternative-dressing theatre type; not a thrifty shopper looking to clothe fast-growing children or to . . . → Click to read full blog


Buy a Summer’s Worth of Cool with a New Swimming Pool


For a long-lasting summer cool, you can’t beat a backyard pool. It’s the fastest way to become the most popular household on your block.

The cost may not be as prohibitive as you think, depending on the options you choose.


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