Rescue Vintage on Ossington

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My first experience with upscale vintage was about ten years ago when my husband was working in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. He was called in to work on a Saturday for some long-forgotten breaking news story so I was left to roam the city. I wandered into a clothing store with an interesting window and came out with a rainbow-coloured Oscar de la Renta strapless gown with a short tulle skirt. This was my first vintage purchase. It's a totally mad dress, glamorous and fun, and I love that there was just one. If I'd walked in ten minutes later it might have been on the way to another closet. When I lifted it out of the tissue at home, I wondered about the woman who owned it... what kind of party she wore it to, and what she was like. There is enchanting mystery to vintage clothes and I love that. I've been in a lot of Toronto vintage stores since then. Rescue Vintage, which opened in June, is the most beautiful boutique I've ever seen.

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I think I fell in love when I saw the vintage sewing machine and desk, and the pretty white drapes for the fitting area.

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But it's not just the décor that got me. The clothes are gorgeous. Owner Renee Kaylor carefully chooses everything in her collection, which is a mix of upscale vintage and contemporary designer pieces.

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I wanted to try on every dress, and I'm picky. I don't just try on anything. It has to be different and striking, like this one.

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Rescue Vintage is located at 102 Ossington Ave. It's open Thursday to Sunday from noon to 8pm. Rosie :)

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Renee Kaylor is a Gem. A gal who has an eye for unique style. She is creative and artistic. If you need an outfit for a special occasion check out "RESCUE VINTAGE"

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