It's a hipster rite of passage at Sunday brunch with friends when someone says, "It would be so cool if we had a button maker." This is usually followed by brainstorming clever button slogans and ends when one of those gives you an idea for a cool band name. If you still feel the button-making impulse, log on to www.babbleweb.ca to score the supplies to make your own customized pins, and check out info on the October 19 Button Fest event at the Rhino (1249 Queen West, 416-535-8089).
The Queen West Art Crawl (www. torontoartscape.on.ca/qwac) opens up galleries and studios on Queen between Roncesvalles and Spadina Friday to Sunday (September 15 to 17). On Saturday and Sunday, Trinity Bellwoods Park at Queen and Strachan fills up with more than 200 artist tents for the Outdoor Art Show & Sale . If you stop in at 401 Richmond West, check out designer Chrys Ioannou 's jewellery sale in the lobby, where her handmade, semi-precious creations are marked down by up to 50 per cent.
Fall fashion fest
Clothing Show veterans will be happy to learn that last season's rumours about removing the coveted vintage area to make room for more big-label sample sale booths haven't come true. The kiosks of retro clothing, jewellery and handbags that built the event's following are back among the more than 300 booths selling accessories, local designers and streetwear at the fall edition. Saturday (September 16), 11 am to 8 pm, and Sunday (September 17), 11 am to 6 pm. Admission is $10 at the door, $8 advance. Automotive Building, Exhibition Place, 416-516-9859, www.theclothingshow.com.
Save the date
If you're feeling the fall shopping rush but want your bank account to make it to the end of September with a positive balance, impose a one-week shopping moratorium till Shopping Addicts Sample Sale 's massive designer warehouse sale takes over the Guvernment (132 Queens Quay East) September 22 and 23 from 11 am to 7 pm. The label roster includes Penguin, Ben Sherman, Nudie Jeans, Chocolate, Lacoste Bags, Laundry, Lucky Brand and BCBG. www.shoppingaddicts.ca.
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