The day was perfect for an outing, to check out some vintage stores in Downtown Toronto. The sun was shining and the clouds were fluffy and white confections of sky candy. My friend James came to pick me up at around Noon today. James laughs at me because I spend so much time in second hand, thrift and vintage stores. We drove into Toronto and hit a vintage hot spot called Kensington market. If you have ever heard or seen the show from the 70s called King of Kensington starring Al Waxman this is that same place.
This is one of the places to shop for Vintage in the Toronto area because there are so many good shops within a block. Stores like Courage my Love, Exile, Flashback and Flashback 2.
We sat at one of my favourite coffee and tea spots called the Moonbean Café on St. Andrew St. I had a cup of Organic Irish Breakfast tea and a delicious apple pastry. It was perfect to sit outside on the small patio on a beautiful day like today.
There are some stores, which carry a variety of vintage classics such as the Plaid western shirt, varsity jackets and black wool Pea coats and so much more. But some stores also crossover into new items, such as one store, which has screen printed bags and t-shirts. Courage my Love has all manner of vintage items including linens, dishes, Cowboy boots, and lots and lots of fantastic beads. I purchased these lovely Midi length gloves in a gorgeous coral color, with little nubs and stitched leaves. See them below:
There were a few times during the day when we talked about what day it was and thought about the lives lost not just on this day in 2001 but throughout history. We were having a Remembrance Day moment.
Whenever I visit this part of the city I feel like I am in another country because it is so multicultural. There are two restaurants beside each other one was Jamaican and the other was Thai. And just around the corner is our famous China Town. There is graffiti on the walls, colourful characters hanging in the streets, burning incense wafting into the street, and music playing to all rhythms of the nation.
Don’t forget it is a market as well! You can purchase Fruit, Bread, Cheese and Meat one store after another and have freshness on your table for the evening meal.
It was a great day to spend with a great person and appreciate the company!
I hope you enjoyed this post…Till Next Time!!! Lulu