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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.

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


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


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


A Steal on Teak Patio Chairs at an Eclectic Vic West Antiques Shop

I am through with plastic patio furniture. While resin deck chairs may seem like a bargain in the big-box stores, most stain and crack after even a year outdoors. I felt a surge of satisfaction this spring as I hurled the two dirty greyish-white chairs and bistro table off my . . . → Click to read full blog