Jurassic Gems

I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.  — Mother Teresa

Yikes!  Those are harsh words from a saintly one!

Do you recognize your Mom’s silver fork?  Or your Grandma’s silverware spoon?

Joanne and Brad of Jurassic Gems take vintage 100-year-old forks and spoons such as those originally made by Rogers Bros. or Birks and fashion one-of-a-kind bracelets and rings from them.


They also design earrings with pewter details and silver french hooks.

Their sales and observations indicate that gold is making a comeback with younger women, as evidenced by the popularity of their gold bracelets — clearly not made from forks or spoons!.

I was dashing through the Victoria Market on downtown Douglas Street to pick up an item from Olive the Senses and was lured to the Jurassic Gems kiosk…….yes, like a crow to a shiny object!

Joanne showed me a number of unique items.  The one that hooked me was a bracelet made from a Rogers Bros. gold spoon.

It’s so similar to my own set of Rogers Bros. “Reflections” gold cutlery — I could NOT resist!

Find your own specific treasure — or take your handed-down silverware to Joanne and Brad.

                                     Yes, you CAN have your silver spoon — and wear it too!

Jurassic Gems
Victoria Market at the Hudson
1701 Douglas, Victoria


Wed 11 – 3,  Sat 11 -5


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!

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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.

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

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

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

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n assortment of colorful wall hooks comes from India.

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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.

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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


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


Good Things Consignments

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”  — Le Corbusier

Love a great find?  Come to Good Things Consignments in a stroll-friendly part of Oak Bay Avenue.

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Three rooms of eclectic items — plus items outdoors on a pleasant day — make this a browsing treat!
Wares are well organized and include both vintage and  and nearly new items.  And LOTS of good finds!

There’s furniture, artwork, china & crystal, kitchen wares, jewellery, household appliances, carpets, toys……..really, it’s a treasure chest for living!


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The shelf with copper items caught Lili’s attention.

We noticed folks dropping off items for consignment.  We noticed people browsing and buying.
And we noticed a lot of intent looks — and smiles.
With the steady influx of items, we found that it’s worthwhile to browse the shelves every few weeks or so to catch any new additions.
Items are not dirt-cheap, but they’re priced fairly.  And things are in good shape and working order, where appropriate.

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Linda found a classic, useful silver serving plate.  One more person leaving with a parcel and a smile!
A sterling gem!

Good Things Consignments

1841 Oak Bay Avenue, #104
Mon – Sun 10 am – 5:30 pm

Marmalade Tart Boutique

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”  — Mark Twain

Wander up the main street from the seaside wharf — that’s up Beacon Avenue — and you can’t miss the Marmalade Tart Boutique.
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HAD to check it out………….oh dear, this is MY kind of shop!

Wonderfully unique accessories, including belts, handbags, scarves …………….. ooohh, the scarves! Sourced in India at fair-trade prices and fair-labour practices, these 100% cashmere beauties are one-of-a-kind luxury wearables!

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Marmalade Tart features clothing from Neon Buddha, Yest with its generously long arm and leg proportions,  Chalet, Rock N Karma, Fidelity jeans and shoes too.

Contemporary, unique jewellery………..okay, it was calling to me!

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Besides the bling and the scarves, the item that I recommend to every woman is the Lissette pant.  Yes, the one made in Canada, the one that’s Oprah’s fave!  Lissette pants make every woman look good!  The cut and fit are truly flattering, yet so comfortable.  Really, I should be the poster girl for Lissette!  Love ’em!  Look at them all!
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The low sun hitting all the blingy items caught my eye.  Did I mention, there are belts……..?!

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Yes!  Had to have it!


Marmalade Tart Boutique
2506 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, BC
Mon – Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm




House of Savoy

“If you wear things you adore, you just look better.”  — Margherita Missoni

Walking into the House of Savoy consignment boutique, immediately our eyes were drawn upwards and all around, as there are eye-catching gowns presented everywhere, even high up on the walls.
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The boutique is well organized and offers good quality and name brand clothing, shoes & boots, jewellery, accessories and even vintage pieces.

Lili had to try these “sensible boots”, nearly brand-new.
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Linda found the perfect fit in a blue coat – and it’s reversible!  Completely unique and gorgeous!

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Great finds at amazing prices!  A definite gem!

House of Savoy
1869 Oak Bay Avenue

Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm.

frilly lilly Beauty Salon

“Every once in a while, a girl has to indulge herself.”  — Sarah Jessica Parker

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Attracted as I am by pretty objects in the window, I entered frilly lilly on a whim and was surprised to see that it’s in fact a beauty salon.  The friendly manager advised that they specialize in waxing, manicures and pedicures.   I shall return another day with an appointment for their services.

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But, back to the pretty things………………frilly lilly offers a full line of body care products, plus fragrances, candles and gift packs.  What attracted my eye this day was the jewellery and accessories.

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Also offered — the first retailer in Canada to do so — are the Putchipuu bags, each one uniquely hand-woven by women of the Wayuu tribe in Columbia.  By producing items such as these and selling them through fair-trade resellers, the Wayuu community is able to to provide jobs, education, sanitation in water and living areas.

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Since this is the “cold” season in Victoria, I need ear covers at times.  So I simply couldn’t pass up this headband with its blingy embellishment.  Beauty and function in one piece!

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frilly lilly Beauty Salon
811 Fort Street, Victoria

Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Tue & Thur 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm.

Calla Design

“If you love something, it will work.  That’s the only real [design] rule.”  — Bunny Williams

Newly opened in fall of 2015, Calla Design is a longtime dream of designer Janice Long.

Janice says, “People walk in and say that this is the kind of shop/studio they’d expect to find in Los Angeles or maybe Vancouver, but Victoria?”   Yes, in Estevan Village in Victoria!

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The shop features original paintings by local artists,
decor and furniture by Martha Sturdy in Vancouver, solid and custom made furniture by Whittingdon  & Co from Mississauga, Lafco lotions and soaps from New York, and
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luxury home fragrances by Antica Farmacistica from Seattle.

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Calla Design also features unique items found by Janice Long, such
as this chair from the Ken Shore estate in Portland.
Throughout the store Janice has created vignettes showcasing pieces of the fine furniture lines, along with a variety of the decor items and accessories she offers.

The Egyptian cotton towels are sumptuous.
The furniture throws are fine pieces well-crafted from natural fibres.

But the jaw-dropping items for me were the Kinzig lamps made as future collectors’ items using solid brass and copper, with shades of fine silk and other elegant fabrics and inset with
coloured blown-glass features.  Kinzig Lamps are made by Susan Kinzig in San Francisco and the shades are made by Susan’s sister-in-law in Philadelphia.  The colours and shapes of the shades and blown glass in the lamps can be custom ordered through Calla Design and are available as table lamps or floor lamps.  These are undeniably unique and as much pieces of art as they are functional.


Calla Design
2541 Estevan Ave, Victoria

Open Tues – Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sun