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home decor

Hot Shopping: Find New Vintage Goods at Even and Odd

Gentrifying Corktown gradually becoming a popular destination for design shops, most of which are independently owned, including the charming and whimsical Even and Odd. Two friends, Winnie Yip and Carmen Tsang, quit their day jobs to open their dream boutique, which brims with an eclectic but curated selection of worldly goods in natural and neutral tones as well as vintage gems. Adorn your home with a baroque mirror, a hand-blown glass vase or perhaps a retro clock. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, be it a leather bag or even a dining room table, Yip and Tsang are happy to take custom orders. Tuesday to Sunday. 356 Queen St. E., 647-748-3800.

Hot Shopping: Log Bowls at Kit Interior Objects.

Log Bowls at Kit Interiors. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

These lovely log bowls are designed by Doha Chebib of the Alberta-based Loyal Loot co-operative. Interior accessory gems, they’re made of real Alberta wood and come in a variety of colours and sizes, retailing between $68 – $204. A fantastic accent for any home, the bowls are available at Kit Interior Objects in Calgary’s SODO Design District.

Kit Interiors, 725, 11 Ave SW. 

Hot Shopping: A Condo-Dweller’s Dream at CB2

Parvez Taj's Birds on a Wire is among the exclusive art pieces available at CB2

After several delays, CB2, the sister store of Crate and Barrel, is finally open at the corner of Queen and Bathurst streets. Known for its aesthetically spare pieces designed for small spaces, this is the chain’s first location outside of the United States. The building’s original masonry has been restored, and large windows showcase the varied offerings inside, including furniture, lighting fixtures, items for the kitchen and dining room, and decor accents such as pillows, vases and artwork. The popular “One of a Finds” collection is also here, with limited-edition pieces made by artisans from around the world. Open daily. 651 Queen St. W., 416-366-2828.

Hot Shopping: Pretty Plates

We're digging the lively green colour.

These cheery serving dishes are sure to take your hamburgers and corn on the cob to the next level, and because they’re made of sturdy melamine, you don’t have to worry about them getting damaged. The pièce de résistance? Each dish is a bargain at $2.99 to $5.99 a piece (colours and styles may vary). HomeSense, Bayshore Shopping Centre, 100 Bayshore Dr., 613-721-6451, and 1501 Innes Rd., 613-740-1299.

Hot Shopping: Navigate T.O.’s Neighbourhoods

Map of the Trinity Bellwoods area by Marlena Zuber

Marlena Zuber is a multi-faceted Torontonian: she draws, paints, works for a non-profit and is in an indie band. But it’s her informal cartography skills that are turning heads these days. Zuber’s charming yet realistic maps of favourite nabes—The Annex, Kensington Market, Harbourfront and Trinity Bellwoods among them—are a hot commodity. Pick up a framed map ($45 to $85) or a greeting card ($4 each) from Artistry Cards.

Hot Shopping: Objects and Accents to Love

Award-winning artist Christine Flynn’s new boutique, Love the Design, offers yet another reason to venture to Leslieville. The aesthetically pleasing gallery-shop is where vintage and modern styles seamlessly co-exist in furniture, such as rustic dining tables and sofas, found objects like a 1920s doctor’s cabinet, and home accents including hurricane lamps and Italian dinnerware. Flynn’s photographic talents are also reflected here, in images hung throughout the space. From urban views of subway signs and hydro lines to pastoral landscapes and studies of horses and stags, her works alternate between intimacy and detachment. Flynn’s Love the Card stationery line also offers custom consultations on-site.

Hot Shopping: Meet the Makers

Avril Loreti offers Toronto-landmark napkins at the One of a Kind Show

MARCH 31 TO APRIL 4 For five fantastic days, spring shoppers are invited to indulge acquisitive urges by perusing the wares of more than 450 Canadian artisans at the One of
a Kind Spring Show and Sale. Though housed in a massive exhibition hall, this is no department store shopping excursion: face-to-face interaction with the creators of handcrafted jewellery, clothing, home decor pieces, visual art, toys, organic food items and beauty products adds a personal touch—the makers are often eager to share the stories behind their unique goods. Among the pick-up possibilities are charming hats by This is J, aromatherapy candles from Golden Goose Naturals and napkins with local landmarks by Avril Loreti. Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, $6.50 to $12; call 416-960-4515 or check out this site for more information and tickets.

Frugal Faves: Yuk Yuk’s and Holiday Sales

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto’s weekly tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more help you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket.

Yuk Yuks is sure to get anybody laughing (photo by ECohen)

Yuk Yuk's is sure to get anybody laughing (photo by ECohen)

Comedy on the Cheap
Giggle and guffaw at the hilarious on-stage antics at Yuk Yuk’s comedy club for only $3 every Tuesday evening. The well-known venue’s weekly amateur night features two separate performances that are sure to tickle your funny bone and bust your gut. The early show at 7:30 p.m. is highlighted by original routines by students from the Humber College School of Comedy. At 9:30 p.m., audiences laugh (and cringe) during an open-mic showcase for budding local stand-ups. The pocket-change ticket price covers both shows, while full bar service and snack foods are available for purchase throughout the night. Yuk Yuk’s amateur night runs Tuesdays year-round, starting at 7:30 p.m. $3; call 416-967-6425 to reserve.

Stylish Savings
Frugal holiday shoppers can find gifts for the whole family at the Bargains Group’s sixth annual Friends & Family Warehouse Sale. The popular clearance event is put on by Canada’s largest discount wholesaler and promises savings of up to 80 per cent on brand-name toys, men’s, women’s and kids clothing and accessories, bedding and more. On now until December 24. 890 Caledonia Rd.; click here or call 416-785-5655 for info and hours.

Save on scarves (and much more) at the Bargains Group sale

Save on scarves (and much more) at the Bargains Group sale

Donate your previously loved shoes, boots or handbags and receive $20 off any purchase of $100 or more during the Good For Your Sole promotion at Nine West. All footwear collected will be donated to local Goodwill stores to support job-training and employment services. On now to December 13 at Nine West locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.; call 416-977-8126 for details.

Find big savings on designer denim at trendsetter haven and celebrity hangout Over the Rainbow. Just print off this coupon and bring it to the Yorkville boutique to receive $35 off any purchase over $100. On now until December 24. 101 Yorkville Ave.; call 416-967-7448  for details.

Looking to spruce up your boudoir for a bargain? Don’t miss the discounted decor items up for grabs at the annual Umbra factory sale. Shop for contemporary accessories for your home and pick up stylish gifts like picture frames, clocks, wall art, bath products and more. December 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Direct Energy Centre; call 416-299-0088 or visit here for more information.