December 1st, 2004
Clever girls like you who never pay retail are veterans of the sample sale. Not only doyou get your hands on one-of-a-kind goodies that didn't make it into production,but you also get next season's styles at cost.
This weekend's FashionCrawl is the best sample sale line-up we've seen in ages. Grab some girlfriends,follow this treasure trail, and remember accessories fit everyone.
Start at Martha Sturdy'sfactory, where you'll find small resin bud vases (the perfect holidayhostess gift) and beautiful square entertaining platters to glam up thesushi at your next soiree.
Next, head down thestreet to the gorgeous showroom of Jacqueline Conoir, grab a glass ofbubbly and peruse black satin halter tops for a sexy Christmas Eve andsparkly Jeanne Lottie handbags for New Year's.
The Western Frontis just up the block, and there you'll find designer-direct pricing atthe annual Tuque fashion sale, which includes such fabulous labels asFawn Designs, Propellor Design Group, Anna De Coucy jewellery and Paperand Thread cards.
Keep heading eastto Mimi & Marge, and hope to score some of the sterling-silver anddark-wood jewellery, or oversized faux-engagement rings.
Finally, drop by PatriciaFieldwalker's Adagio lingerie factory for handfuls of $15 silk pantiestrimmed in contrasting lace for all your girlfriends, camisoles and luscioussilk slips that double as daywear. Do as we do, and put your name on afew slinky pieces, then send your significant other down to go Christmasshopping. That way, everyone wins.
The Fashion Crawlruns Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jacqueline Conoir and Patricia Fieldwalker will also open 11 a.m. to 5p.m. on Sunday December 4
Mimi and Marge is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuque runs Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Martha Sturdy, 12 W. 5th Ave. www.marthasturdy.com
Jacqueline Conoir, 46 W. 6th Ave. www.jcstudio.ca
Toque, The Western Front, 303 E. Eight Ave., www.front.bc.ca
Mimi & Marge, 201-1155 Odlum Dr. www.mimiandmarge.com
Patricia Fieldwalker/Adagio collection, #302, 343 Railway St. www.pfieldwalker.com