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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.

UsedVictoria’s Alerts Let You Shop While You Sleep

I’ve been a frequent user of UsedVictoria‘s free online classifieds for years. It’s my favourite local source for secondhand items. I regularly troll the Garden and Antiques sections for possible finds. And just by inputting my shoe or dress size into the Women’s Clothing and Accessories department, I can find . . . → Click to read full blog


Rich Rags, Now Retail and Consignment with Two Locations

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


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


Where to Find Good Used Toys in Victoria

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


Duchess & Duke Ranks with the Best of Victoria’s Consignment Shops

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


VintAgeous Vintage Fair Features Retro Fashion, Accessories, Decor, and More: Victoria, BC

UPDATED February 29, 2012: Vintage Fair THIS weekend! Starts Friday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Does your wardrobe need an injection of style for spring? Mine sure does, and I know where I’m going to get it. At the 2nd annual VintAgeous Vintage Fair on March 2-3, 2012, at . . . → Click to read full blog


Half Price Deals October 21-22 at Bee’s Knees Boutique in Sooke, BC

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


VERVE Designer Consignment Clothing Hosts Client Appreciation Night: Victoria, BC

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


A Fabulous Children’s Consignment Store in Victoria, BC

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


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