Your shopping chances multiply in the summer when empty street corners and public plazas fill up with carts and tents selling jewellery, clothing and other fashion bits. Michelle Goldfinger has a booth in Yonge-Dundas Square's Arts At The Heart market (www.ydsquare.ca), where she shows off her MaRGie jewellery line (www.margiejewellery. com). If you stop by this weekend (Friday to Sunday, July 14 to 16) and bring along your pooch or kitty (or a photo of your pet), Goldfinger is giving out free collar pendants.
East-end fashion collective boutique Wanna Frock (1378 Queen East, 416-461-9167) is celebrating its first birthday this weekend with an anniversary party on Sunday (July 16) starting at 6 pm. Stop in for a brewskie and check out the resident designers' work, including Amie Scott 's screenprinted clothing and accessories, Embody 's chevron-hemmed skirts, Kari Marshall 's 60s rock-'n'-roll-inspired dresses and 50s look ball gowns by Cassada .
Cyclists who pedal over to Grassroots (408 Bloor West, 416-944-1993; 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, www.grassrootsstore.com) can now shop till they drop without worrying about how they're going to get their big haul home. The eco-savvy store has launched a bike trailer rental program that lets customers who purchase more than $35 worth of bulky merchandise lease a trailer for only $2 an hour. Big spenders who purchase $250-plus can use the trailer for 24 hours for free.
EQ3 on sale
EQ3 (222 King East, 416-815-2002, www.eq3.com) is one of our fave King Street furniture spots because of its smart, laid-back sales staff and wide, well-priced range of stylish home decor options (that come fully assembled - extra plus!). A summer sale is on now, and selections from living room, dining room and bedroom stock are discounted by up to 50 per cent. A set of three lipstick-red nesting tables goes for $94.50, the silver 2morrow computer desk on castors for $209.30 and the mod Replay bed for $209.70.
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