October is Breast Cancer Month, so support your ailing sisters by putting your money where your heart is. During October (and through April 2005) 60 per cent of every sale of pink satin camisoles and slips by She Shoppe will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer . And, hey, while you're online, look for 50 per cent off Greenbaum Clothing . www.sheshoppe.ca.
Hit Yonge-Dundas Square and drop some coin for the cause at the Funk'Da'Fai Biannual Clothing and Accessory Show and Sale , running October 1 to 3. Not only are there fashion shows by local up-and-comers in every style imaginable, along with raffles and sales galore, but there'll also be dancers and a lounge with DJs spinning. A weekend admission pass sets you back $20, and a portion of the show's proceeds benefits breast cancer research. Friday 3 to 11 pm, Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm. 416-925-1501, www.funkdafai. com.
During Ladyfest , a weekend-long feminist/indie arts festival starting Friday (October 1) - check www.ladyfest. ca for mo' info - be sure to grab your change purse and support your local entrepreneurs at the Ladyfest Market at Spin Gallery (1100 Queen West) Sunday (October 3) from noon to 5 pm. Expect to snap up locally made accessories, DIY divawear, arts and crafts, jewellery, zines and beauty gear. Admission is pay what you can.
Coat of honour
Trade up from last year's winter coat and spread the wealth, um, warmth by supporting the Out of the Cold program. Cruise by designer haven Scarlet Boutique (363 Eglinton West) before October 9 and score 10 per cent off your new warmer with the donation of an adult-sized coat. Can you say win-win? Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, or by appointment. 416-480-0330, www.scarletboutique.com.