by Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series
I’m not a big nostalgia person, but I admit I’ve developed something of a
with passion for vintage shopping since I moved to Toronto. Vintage and
thrift shopping combine a lot of things I like: looking at stuff, the surprise and
thrill of treasure hunting, sustainable shopping, and the illusion of saving
money while actually removing dollars from my purse.
Most of the clothes I’ve bought over the last year have been secondhand. My judgement isn’t infallible, and some items that seemed unmissable will probably be thrown back into the thrift pool. Others have become staples in my fashion rotation and well worth every penny spent and beyond. Like this coat from a fabulous vintage store in Toronto’s Kensington Market called Breathless (boots also thrift):
Dangerously within walking distance of my condo, there's a secondhand furniture store called Guff, which specializes in midcentury modern design. I found this glass coffee table there my first autumn in the city. It’s perfect for my teensy living room.
After hunting high and low for an affordable book storage solution, and having my books stacked on the floor for over a year, I caved and ordered a Billy unit from Ikea. The day it arrived, I dropped into Guff on my way back from the local coffee roasters (doesn’t that sound hipster) and saw this!
Ikea items can be easily returned, I reasoned. Guff was about to close, so the next morning I was at the door five minutes before they opened, panting friendlily like a Labrador puppy. After some furniture chit-chat and mild haggling, the deal was done, and all that was left was to come back with the cash. Fortunately, some people can be bribed for the price of a grilled cheese sandwich.
Oh, and I also arm-wrestled another customer for this cool side table because who doesn’t need a faux-woodgrain circle cutout table from the 70s?
So, two years after I moved, my books finally got a swell home!
I no longer have an excuse to go into vintage furniture stores, but I probably will anyway. Vintage shopping has all the elements we love in a Heartwarming romance: finding your perfect match, a sense of belonging, second chances, and a happy ending. 😊 Happy May!