Halloween is quickly approaching, so if you want to avoid making a last-minute dash to your local Shoppers for a plastic nurse's costume (and you are mildly talented with a sewing machine), you'll be glad to know that the Sewing Studio (266 Avenue Road, 416-901-0758, www.lovesewing.com) is holding a Halloween Stitch & Bitch class on October 21 between 3:30 and 7 pm.
It's a Winners
Downtowners looking for a Winners fix and shrugging off schleps to King and Spadina, College Park or Yorkville locations can get their discount shop on at the new St. Lawrence location (35-45 Front East) starting October 16. The new 19,000-square-foot store includes the usual apparel, accessory and jewellery departments but adds in the higher-end buys that pop up at the chain's more urban spots. Visit www.winners.ca for more info and store hours.
Mark your late October calendars. The 83rd Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar hits Exhibition Place's Direct Energy Centre October 24. Bargainistas can dig for discounted designer goodies and other frugal fashions between 9 am and 7 pm. The Fashion Auction includes brand new and vintage big-name labels. Admission is $4, and proceeds benefit hospitals including Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Hadassah Medical Centre in Israel.
Linda Gaylard is one of Canada's most plugged-in stylists, so when she lends her organizing skills to a clothing sale, you know it's going to be good. The fact that it takes place at Grace Church on the Hill (300 Lonsdale) smack in the middle of swishy Forest Hill also speaks volumes about the calibre of the merch. Stop by Saturday (October 13) between 10 am and 2 pm to shuffle through gently used vintage and low-priced big labels. Proceeds benefit Grace Church's choir.
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