Posts Tagged: thrift

launched :: pip & pin

Pip & Pin just launched their brand new website, and it’s a swell one! Super cute sisters, Megan and Katie knit, and occassionally crochet cozy knitwear using a selection of chunky new wools and unique thrifted finds. Join the celebrations by visiting their blog here and entering to win a hand knit cowl!

Find them here: website | blog | facebook | etsy

city guide :: portland, or (part 3)

voodoo doughnuts, image via elephants in zoos tumblr

click here for part one + part two of the city guide :: portland, or

For the final part of our Portland, OR city guide, I am covering downtown and all the little shops and restaurants that just didn’t seem to fit in any other area. As I mentioned before, this is more of a listing rather than me gushing about why I love each place. So please do visit their websites when planning your trip to see if it is for you! Have a favourite? Leave a comment below. Remember, I’m not from Portland and this list is from my memory, so if you do see an error, please let me know and I will correct it.

Downtown:
Little Big Burger – 122 NW 10th Avenue (see picture above)

Museum of Contemporary Craft - 724 NorthWest Davis Street (representing craft artists from across the nation working in all fields)

Powells Books – 1005 W. Burnside Street (most likely the largest bookstore I have ever been to. pretty sure they have a map in case you get lost)

Anthropologie – 1125 NW Couch Street (always worth a spin especially since it is tax free!)
image via A Tea Leaf

Crafty Wonderland Pop-Up Shop – 802 SW 10th Avenue (in case you cant wait for their Spring and Holiday show, you can now get your fix anytime!)

Also check out: Mother’s Bistro & Bar, Portland Saturday Market, Portland Japanese Gardens, Saint Honoré Boulangerie, Portland Farmers Market

North East Portland + Beyond:
Fabric Depot – 700 SE 122nd Avenue (fabric, notions, yarn, machines … oh, my!)

Roseway Theater – 7229 NE Sandy Blvd (we watched Up here many years ago, lovely theater)

Annie’s Donuts – 3449 NE 72nd Avenue (people swear by these, not a big donut fan, but R gives it two thumb up)

image via craftzine.com

Knittn’ Kitten – 7530 NE Glisan (a craft thrift store – again, hit and miss as it depends on what they get in, but prices are CHEAP and it is a fab place to stock up on vintage fabrics and notions – see above)

Rerun – 707 NE Fremont Street (best selection of vintage sheets for craft displays, hit and miss as it depends what they get, but worth a stop)

image via katy elliott

Also check out: Mount St. Helens, Crater Lake, Voodoo Doughnut, Palmer Wirfs, Columbia River Gorge (see above), Uwajimaya (beaverton, or), Pittock Mansion, Mt. Tabor, Skidmore Bluffs

community thrift + vintage

image credit: dress with courage

Community Thrift & Vintage is a social enterprise (owned by the Portland Hotel Society) devoted to selling hand picked thrift and vintage clothing in a warm and welcoming environment. Their purpose is to inspire positive transformation through fashion by having the best selection of used clothing at the best price and by employing women in transition from detox in a graduated job-training program. All profits collected will also be donated back into the DTES community. Pretty amazing, eh?

Today (Wednesday, June 8th, 2011) is the official soft opening, so head over to 41 West Cordova, Vancouver to check it out. For hours and details, visit their facebook page here.

If you have unwanted clothing that you’d like to donate, please get in touch with them by emailing communitythriftandvintage (at) gmail (dot) com.

field trip :: camden passage

We discovered the area around Angel tube station last month when we first met our new friends Lana and Rick. While walking through the streets to the bakery for croissants and coffee; me, being me, couldn’t help but oogle at all the antique and vintage stalls that we were passing by.

Just off of Islington, Camden Passage is open every Wednesday and Saturday. Above is one of my favourite stores in Pierrepont Arcade. Don’t forget to stop at Number One. With stacks of teacups and china placed in every inch of this small shop, you will never find a more charming china shop then this one.


photo credit: singaporean in london

Since we decided to stay in London during the Easter break, we definitely noticed that the city has emptied out. We could actually walk through the market without bumping into anyone!


There are tons of restaurants and cafes near Camden Passage. A few of our favourites is Byron (above), an american diner style restaurant that serves A&W root beer and Chillango, a mexican burrito bar… nom nom nom…