Jewellery designer Chrys Ioannou holds her end-of-winter bauble sale Saturday and Sunday (March 24 and 25) from 1 to 5 pm at her studio (50 Lippincott). Chunky-chic necklaces and bracelets of semi-precious stones including rose quartz, carnelian, coral, green chalcedony and amazonite are discounted by up to 60 per cent. RSVP to Ioannou at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you're stopping by.
Fleurtje, Wildhagen shack up
Fans of Fleurtje's vinyl collage-style bags can now shop for the line at Wildhagen's Distillery District store (55 Mill, building #74, studio 106, 416-830-8589, www.wildhagenwear.com, www.fleurtjebags.com).
ROM retail flip
The Royal Ontario Museum's (100 Queen's Park, 416-586-8000, www.rom.on.ca) second-floor gift shop has sold all the espresso makers, baby Vespas and other Italo paraphernalia that accompanied its winter Italian Design show. Now that the museum has opened its Ancient Peru Unearthed exhibit, crafty South American goodies are up for grabs, including woven coasters, drum gourd rattles and books on Inca and Sicán culture. Llama-shaped necklace pendants and 3-D Peruvian tapestries are definite must-buys.
This deal is a NOW Magazine exclusive, folks (thank-you notes can be mailed to my attention at 189 Church). Queen West womenswear shop Meg(849 Queen West, 416-364-3983) has started to bring in designer Meghan Kinney's spring stock, and if you mention that you heard about it in NOW, you'll receive $50 off any new items. Pick from jacquard and linen strapless dresses ($180), halter looks in crinkled cotton ($170) and ruffled numbers in candy-coloured voile fabrics ($150). Shimmery silk chiffon gowns are perfect for prom or bridesmaid duty ($185 to $210).
Fair trade crafts
Metalurge's (1225 Yonge, 416-323-0047, www.metalurge.ca) Contemporary Craft of South Africa show features fair trade hand-crafts produced by community development projects including Hands (beadwork pieces by women living with HIV/AIDS) and ZenZulu (reclaimed-telephone-wire baskets woven using traditional techniques). Embroidery by the Keiskamma Trust, first unveiled at last summer's World AIDS Conference, will also be on display. The exhibit closes Sunday (March 25).