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Chloe and I took a long lunch and got lost in vintage dresses.

Isn’t it wonderful to take one day of the week and take some time?

C and I decided to go to a favourite, funky part of Vancouver, called Commercial Drive, to our favourite coffee shop, Cafe Calabria, for lunch and a good mooch around the neighbourhood.

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It’s been one of those soggy Vancouver days where it’s hard to feel motivated to go anywhere, but the promise of visiting the owners (our long-time friends), hot tea, a sticky coconut macaroon and a Frank’s special panini, was just too tempting.

There was way too much macaroon and panini for us, so we took half to go.

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And we wandered up and down the block till we came to C’s favourite store, Mintage.


You’ve got to love this store. Just look at the juxtaposition of those frilly tutus above the cowboy boots!

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There’s so much fun here, from vintage bridal…


To heavy woollen sweaters.

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And accessories too. Shoes and boots, belts and purses, scarves, tuques, and the most amazing jewellery.

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When I look in my closet, I’d love to see funky cowboy boots, soft, beaded moccasins and an old pair of roller skates. I’d love it just for fun.

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C and I grabbed a hand full of vintage dresses each and tried on the fifties. (These dresses were such keepers…OMG)

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We squeezed and wriggled our way thru the sixties…


We flower powered our way thru the seventies. (Hey, I had an almost identical dress to this one for my high school dances, and, if it wasn’t for the $180 price tag, I so would have bought it! Loved the way it looked and felt on.)

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And we giggled our way thru the eighties. C dubbed the black dress “the Avril Lavigne” dress.


We ended up with this keeper bunch which we loved to pieces.

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When we were speaking to the lovely Alex at the cash register, we told her we couldn’t think of any place to wear the (above) pink and lace dress, and she told us a story. She was late for work, dressed in her wonderful vintage, ran to the bank for some cash and suddenly she was aware that it got deathly quiet in there. She thought for a split second that there might be a bank robbery happening and, looking around, she saw people smiling and complimenting her on her dress. So she said, “It was the fabulous dress all along!” So that’s it, we shall wear the pink and lace one to do our deposits and withdrawals.

Too much fun šŸ˜€

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Comments: 13

  • October 17, 2014

    Those funky knit Canadiana sweaters are just too cool!

  • cjbelanger

    October 17, 2014

    Such a fun outing!! šŸ™‚

  • October 17, 2014

    LOVE your day! My girls & I have similar haunts… SOOO lovely to be a girl & a girl’s mum! xx

  • October 17, 2014

    What a wonderful day you had with your daughter. It is so amazing how close the two of you are! Great finds!

  • daryledelstein

    October 18, 2014

    i truly believe you/one can wear anything anywhere anytime … i love glitter sparkle sequins .. not long ago i fell in love with a gold sequin tank top with a sheer beige under tank that you could see at the neckline and hanging below the hem of the sequin tank .. i wore it out to dinner when i visited my friends in Cincinnati and i’ve worn it with faux brown leather skinny ‘jeans’ to work .. that pink dress is one i would wear to work or school or to the bank or to the market or .. you get the point ..

  • October 18, 2014

    What a wonderful shop. I can imagine what fun you had. My mum had a very similar dress, lace with underdress, which she made for her wedding (1970)…..and then afterwards she changed the underdress to pink, just like this one, for parties. Juliex

  • October 22, 2014

    Love the catwoman statue! Also, going through the dresses by time period? What a fun and fabulous idea!

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