It's that time again, clothes hounds. Scrape up your change and head on down to The Clothing Show's fall shopping event. With discounts of up to 90 per cent on trend-setting local labels like Hairy Carry Bags, Olena Zylak and Hoax Couture, plus heaps of vintage clothing dealers with their dusty piles of gold, it's the sale to be at this weekend.
September 21 from 11 am to 7 pm, and September 22 from 11 am to 6 pm at the Automotive Building, CNE grounds. Tix are $8, $4 for seniors and children under 12 are admitted free with a parent. 416-657-2156.
If you're one of those fine ladies or gentlemen who have a little coin to burn and harbour a passion for Pucci, you won't want to miss the Castaways Canada auction of fine vintage couture. Pick up glamorous but used Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Versace, Chanel and more. Sample snag: a classic Chanel quilted bag, down from $3,500, starting at a piddling $500. And yes, there is such a thing as a $3,500 bag. Previews on September 23 from noon to 6 pm and September 24 from 10 am to 7 pm. Auction starts September 24 at 7 pm. Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity. 416-971-9466.
Or, if pricey vintage isn't your cup of Scotch, check out the more reasonable INESRA ("I'll never shop retail again") sale on September 21 (315 Albany). It features everything from 1920s and 30s theatre capes to vintage lingerie and funky retro pieces, with most prices ranging between $28-$65. 416-699-5242.
bag ladies, unite!
The 416 Drop-In Crisis Centre, known as "Friends of Shopping Bag Ladies," is having a fab fundraiser. You and all your friends who obsess, collect and covet bags and purses can now shop and feel good about yourself at the 416's "Walk a mile in my Shoes with a Designer Bag" dinner and auction.
Come and nibble the goodies at Crush Wine Bar (455 King West) while bidding on items at both silent and live auctions for designer and signature bags filled with gushable goodies. Manly bags, too. The swinging soiree is on October 2 from 6:30 to 10 pm. $100. Call to reserve: 416-767-4319.
one in loft size, please
Elan (199 Danforth), the zone of stylie retro and contemporary furnishings for small-scale abodes, is having a sale until October 14. Save up to 40 per cent on selected floor models, lighting and accessories, and 20 per cent off custom orders of leather and fabric furniture. 416-406-3629.
eye for italian
If you've been longing for some upscale Italian furnishings, check out Abitare Design's (234 King East) end-of-summer sale, with up to 50 per cent off designers like Le Corbusier, Coninto and Mizutini. 416-363-1667.
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