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Curvaceous Consignments | Thornhill

Shopping for resale clothing as a curvy woman can be challenging, because in typical consignments shops there is usually far less of a variety of fashions in sizes over 12. Curvaceous Consignments on Yonge Street in Thornhill is the only consignment store in the GTA that caters to the full figured woman. Owner Kathryn McCallum Pipes is a plus-size specialist that curates a beautiful selection of pieces in her warm and welcoming store. There is a beautiful and always changing variety of clothing and accessories in this lovely boutique.

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Rescue Vintage Holiday Sale

There is a huge holiday sale going on right now at Rescue Vintage on Ossington. The entire store is buy one item, get one 50% off. Everything is included in this sale: new arrivals, vintage and already reduced items. Sale details are in the flyer below. If you still have some shopping left to do, why not do it at a gorgeous local boutique? Skip the mall, it's a horror show. Rosie :)

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Spier & Mackay Shirts

Isn't this a nice shirt? It's made by Spier & Mackay, a family-run Canadian company. Their mission is to sell excellent quality shirts that are affordable.

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I discovered Spier & Mackay when Teambuy recently ran an offer for off-the-rack men's shirts (it was a great deal, three shirts for $99.) And this is why I love group deals; I had never heard of this Mississauga-based shirtmaker despite having worked (and shopped) in Mississauga for years. They ship all across Canada and to the U.S. (shipping is free for orders over $100.) The website is fantastic, there is such an amazing selection of shirts in a huge selection of colours and styles. My husband hates shopping for clothes so this site was great for him. I also liked that their showroom is not that far since he picked out shirts in a size slightly too big. You can return purchases easily by mail but since I was curious about their store, we went to check it out. The customer service is great. They are known for their made-to-measure shirts (suits too) and they quickly and accurately measured my husband. Now his shirts fit perfectly. Unfortunately they do not iron them. That would be too good to be true.

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Shop online at the Spier & MacKay website or visit their Mississauga showroom (it's not that far from the 416) at 1535 Meyerside Drive, Unit 20. Rosie :)

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Rescue Vintage on Ossington

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 d├ęcor 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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