The shop is open on Thursdays from 11am-2pm, and the entrance is a discreet side door on Stanley (corner Ave. des Canadiens, a block south of Rene-Levesque). There's usually a red sandwich board on the sidewalk outside when the shop is open. When you walk in, head downstairs and turn left. There's a small room before the main space, and this is worth stopping in. It's chock full of fun fabrics, curtains, table cloths, the occasional lampshade, and other house linens. I've picked up gorgeous Irish linen tea towels there for $2 a piece, and they make me grin every time I see them hanging from our stove.
|All photos from St. George's website.|
|I bought one of these vintage clay crocks to hold utensils.|
Next up: the women's section! There's a rack of belts, a small table filled with lacy slips, folded printed scarves, and other oddities. There's a wall of shelving filled with carefully folded sweaters, as well as tote bags and purses. I always find beautiful vintage evening clutches here, but since I don't need/have space for them, I have yet to pick one up. The rest of the women's section is comprised of a rack of jeans (I generally steer clear), a round rack of blouses and skirts (I spend time here as the average per item price is $5), two tall display racks with dresses, suits, and some rather extraordinary vintage items. I once spent several minutes debating a matched lightweight wool three piece consisting of a pencil skirt, collarless blazer, and MATCHING swing coat. I left it behind, as it needed alteration, and would have ended up in the back of my closet. Most of all I needed to reign in on my urge to Rescue All the Beautiful Things. There is a selection of shoes, a rack of nightgowns and robes (most quite Sears-y, but with the occasional gorgeous wisp of display-worthy antique lace) and a large rolling rack just groaning with coats.
In the middle of the room are more home decor items, vintage paper ephemera (many lovely cards at $0.25 a piece!), and the table surface where the helpful volunteers will help you tally and wrap up. Tip: if you have several pieces, you can always try to bargain. It's not always successful, it is a charity shop after all, but hey, a budget is a budget!
My last stop is the well-stocked book section, organized by category, and most priced between $1 and $5. I've found lovely coffee table books here to give as housewarming presents, at a fraction of the retail price. I love opening the older books and finding vintage bookplates.
So there you go! Weekly treasure-hunting, right downtown! Perhaps I'll see you there sometime?
P.S.: Last week's $10 find - brass bookends! (They were attached to rather sad wood bits, which I wrestled off with scissors as soon as I got them back to the office.)