― Anna Quindlen,
― Anna Quindlen,
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall
Walking into LaLoca in Sidney is like entering the market-of-the-world!
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.
More recently Christine also began sourcing items from India and Africa.
There’s men’s, women’s and unisex clothing from Nepal as well as from Thailand.
An assortment of colorful wall hooks comes from India.
The Kisii stone carvings from Kenya are ultra-smooth and beg to be touched.
These 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 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
“A Room without books is like a body without a soul”
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.
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
“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
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
“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”