PLAITER PLACE 384 Spadina 416-593-9734 Rating: NNNNN
Anyone who's shopped for bamboo blinds knows Plaiter Place , except most people probably refer to it as "that store on Spadina with lots of wicker." And wicker it's got. The narrow shop's two narrow aisles are stacked to the ceiling with baskets, sun hats, boxes, bags and doll-sized baby prams woven of the strong, twiggy strands. In traditional Chinatown style, a profusion of globe- and cube-shaped paper lanterns hang from the ceiling. Frilly tassels drape from oval styles in gung-hei-fat-choi crimson, while dusty rose and turquoise orbs are printed with Japanese geishas. A cast iron teapot set gets a shiny, silver glaze instead of the usual matte, earth-toned finish.
The amount of merch can be overwhelming, but stock is neatly stuffed away behind bamboo screens and underneath store shelves. All you have to do is ask. Plaiter Place picks : Shuffle across your chilly floor in a pair of red brocade sandals, $5.99; geisha lanterns add soft accents of colour to Zen interiors, $4.99; skip a straw tote for summer and purse around with a bamboo handbag, $24.99.
Look for : Those legendary bamboo blinds sized from bathroom porthole mini to mega-loft-window large.
Hours : Monday to Saturday 11:30 am to 7 pm.