NOW's first taste of glass designer Izik Levy's (iziklevy.com) work was his adorable robot charms, but he's hit the big time with a collection of blossom pendants. Miniature glass vases are strung on sterling silver chains ready to receive a freshly snipped bloom or even some soil and seeds. Saturday (August 15), Levy will be at Distill (55 Mill, building 47, 416-304-0033, distillgallery.com) between 2 and 4 pm demonstrating different ways to plant your own pendant.
The swaps won't stop
In case you hadn't caught on by reading two weeks of fall preview Take 5 features, we're kinda itching to start spending a little on autumn fashion. But then up pops another clothing swap to make us feel guilty for going the retail route. Swap Don't Shop (swapdontshop.ca), which calls itself Toronto's largest clothing exchange, celebrates its first swap-iversary Saturday (August 15) with a party at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church (103 Bellevue) between noon and 4 pm. Look for men's and women's picks along with workshops on altering new fashion acquisitions.
Another The Rage (2 Kensington, 416-599-5177, ragetoronto.ca) Karaoke Sale is coming up in September, but until then, you can save your pipes and pennies shopping already-discounted finds from Paper People Clothing (leg warmers down from $29 to $19) and Snap (polo T dresses reduced from $45 to $35).
We've screened Virginia Johnson's (132 Ossington, 416-516-3366, virginiajohnson.com) 50 per cent off sale and can guarantee that half-off hemp bags, totes, clothing, shawls and scarves are worth the walk to Ossington.
With only a few weeks of summer holidays left, it's time to tell you that Grassroots (408 Bloor West, 416-944-1993; 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, grassrootsstore.com) has some great back-to-school deals on recycled paper binders, stainless steel lunch containers, staple-free staplers and biodegradable pens.