“those of us who read because we love it more than anything, who feel about bookstores the way some people feel about jewelers…”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life
I love bookstores; always have and always will unless robots or androids are behind the counter. A bookstore says to me that I am home, that I am in a safe place.  And that is how I feel when I enter Tanner’s. Tanner’s is a friendly bookstore. The staff are welcoming, the aisles are wide, the sections clearly marked and the books are a mere arms length away.
And the magazines…. I am amazed at the selection this independent bookstore carries.
Are you interested in Cooking, Chocolate, Art, Journaling, Finance, Writing, Wildlife, Model
railroad, Cycle, Boats, Model airplane, Motorcycle,
Men’s Health, Outdoor life, Golf, Skiing, Running, Yoga, Pilates, Knitting, Sewing, Travels, Cars, Home Decor, Tiger Beat,
International Magazines….I buy Maison Chic and The English Home magazine….and would love to buy more. Can one have too many magazines??
plus  Newspapers from Great Britain
a Travel & Nautical Section with great maps, charts and books.
and a Children’s Section which is well stocked with books and games.
Tanner’s stocks Tintin!
Tanners also has an extensive collection of greeting cards, calendars, games- Suduko and puzzles.
and meet the owner of Tanner’s Books …. Cliff.
Thank you for a marvelous bookstore and a friendly and helpful staff!
I adore this statue outside of Tanners.
Tanner’s Books
2436 Beacon Ave.
Sidney, BC
Sun-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm

LaLoca, Sidney

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”  —  Jane Goodall

Outside LaLoca

Walking into LaLoca in Sidney is like entering the market-of-the-world!

Tapestry, cards @ LaLoca

Christine, the owner, has travelled extensively throughout South America and sources her own products.
All items offered for sale at LaLoca are purchased as part of a fair trade partnership with individual women and artisans around the world.  Christine is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which signifies that producers are treated with respect and paid fair wages, development is fostered and environmental standards are adhered to.

Handmade sweater, LaLocaThese darling handknitted sweaters are made by women in Peru, using their own harvested alpaca wool.

Metal wall art, LaLocaSubstantial pieces of metal wall art are made in Haiti.

Handmade baskets, LaLoca These handmade baskets are from Guana.

       Felted wool animals, LaLocaHand-felted wool birds are made in Peru.

            More recently Christine also began sourcing items from India and Africa.

Handmade bags, LaLocaThese totes are made of hand-felted wool with embellishments in Nepal.

Neckpiece, LaLoca
Edgy jewellery like this neckpice is crafted by Zambian artisans in the South Luangwa using organic materials originating from the African bush.

Frog guitarists, LaLoca
Colourful frog guitarists are made from recycled tin cans in South Africa.

Clothing, LaLoca
here’s men’s, women’s and unisex clothing from Nepal as well as from Thailand.

Wall hooks, LaLoca
n assortment of colorful wall hooks comes from India.

Kisii stone
The K
isii stone carvings from Kenya are ultra-smooth and beg to be touched.

Mouse slippers, LaLocaThese adorable mouse slippers come in all sizes and various colours.  This pair was my specific choice as a gift for a family member.  The hand felted alpaca wool slippers are made in Nepal.

Banners, LaLoca               Handmade wall tapestry, LaLoca

Banners with quotable messages are from Indonesia.
Of all the striking, colourful items on display everywhere, my personal favourites were the stunning wall tapestries are handmade in Bolivia.

What a  treasure trove from all over the globe!  A true gem.
2367 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Tue – Sat 10:30 am – 5 pm


Pages Used Books

“A Room without books is like a body without a soul”


Pages- Used Books Mar 24

Located in Trafalgar Square which is on the corner of W. Saanich Road and Wallace Drive, Pages Used Books is an impressive bookstore. Though the square footage is small the bookcases are tidy, clean, well ordered and labelled. It is a pleasure (as it always should be in a store devoted to books) to browse amongst the many titles that are on the shelves.

Pages- Used Books Mar 24

There are occasional chairs placed throughout the store, inviting one to sit, open the book and read.

Book lovers never go to bed alone. (Amen)


Pages Used Books
7103 W. Saanich Rd
Brentwood Bay, BC



The Old Attic, Saanichton

“Our culture’s obsession with vintage objects has rendered us unable to separate history from nostalgia. People want heart. They want a chaser of emotion with their aesthetics.”  —  Sloane Crosley

The Old Attic, Saanichton                

Maybe it’s my age, but as we browsed through The Old Attic in Saanichton, I experienced a significant chaser of emotion, looking at so many items from various time periods of my own life.

The owner, Lynne Parker, had so many anecdotes about items, and clearly she knows each one individually.  She’s constantly bringing in items to replace sold pieces, always searching for good quality pieces to supplement her collections.

“Past to present” is their tagline, and the pieces reflect the various periods.    There’s furniture, linen, decor, jewellery, books & records, games, lamps and artwork, and all items are in very good condition.


In addition to selling quality vintage items, The Old Attic also offers classes in refinishing furniture.
They sell Cottage Paints which you can take with you or use in their shop to work on a project.


A unique collection of vintage tools caught my eye, reminding me of my Grampa’s workbench.
And then in another area, I spotted this most unusual rocking chair with a leather seat inset.


But the items that made my eyes open widest were all the copper pieces, from various periods.
It’s really like a museum, ever-changing in its offerings — plus you can take your favourites home!


The Old Attic
7925 E Saanich Rd, Saanichton
Sun – Sat 10 am – 5 pm


Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods

“I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture. “ ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods is a “big little” store filled with vintage finds.

Furniture, décor items, books – it’s an inviting display of goods from various bygone periods and not much from the current one! Continue reading “Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods”