****SOLD**** Unleash your inner "Reality Bites" Winona Ryder! Dress, M: $15

Floral stretchy dress, M
Ah, the ubiquitous Liberty print.  It takes an autumnal turn here in rose reds and creamy whites against a black background.   Add  a long sleeved tee underneath, a wide brown belt and some lace up boots and you are neo-Grunge ready!   The ruffly neckline and cap sleeves are very stretchy - the neckline can easily be pulled down for an off the shoulder look.
Size: 6-10 (stretchy!)
Price: $15

Ruffled neck and cap sleeves - can be pulled down for off the shoulder look!
Close up of print

****SOLD**** Vintage Sarah Cov demi-parure and earrings: $20

****SOLD**** Vintage demi-parure consisting of a pendant necklace with matching clip earrings.
These are from Sarah Coventry's "Crystal Navette" line with textured silver-tone metal concave leaves that have a single sparkling crystal navette rhinestone in the center.
The pendant measures 1 1/2" and comes on a 16" silver-tone metal chain. The matching clip back earrings measure 1 1/8".
All pieces are signed "©SARAH COV" and are in EXCELLENT vintage condition.
Price: $20 for the set


This evening at Drawn & Quarterly: Dylan Horrocks

A Long Way From Hicksville with Dylan Horrocks

"Hicksville is a collection of short pieces first published as a book in 1998. It was named a "Book of the Year" by the Comics Journal and received nominations for two Ignatz Awards and a Harvey Award. Dylan Horrocks will present a retrospective on his work, examining his relationship with comics through a history of Hicksville . This is also a launch for the new and expanded edition of Hicksville published by Drawn and Quarterly in early 2010."

Wednesday, October 27th 7:00 PM
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore
211 Bernard West, Montreal, QC

You can enjoy Horrocks' new serialized work: http://hicksvillecomics.com/

****SOLD*** Vintage 60s crochet mini-dress, off-white, size 8-10: $30

Crochet dress in one corner of re-vamped Trove room.

This vintage 60s crochet mini-dress is surprisingly versatile.  Worn over opaque tights, with brown lace-up booties or brogues, it pairs well with a soft denim shirt (belted) for a casual look.   On its own, with elegant gold heels and a silk flower clipped in your hair, you're ready for date night or a vernissage.   Wear over a long skirt, add a wide contrasting belt, and you've got a lean look that references both boho 70s style and the sleek silhouettes of the 1920s.  The ivory colour is warmed with gold thread throughout and the scalloped hem is too pretty for words.
It's a sheath with a slight A-line skirt, and because it's stretchy it can fit sizes 8-10.
Price: $30

Gold threads woven throughout.
Note the two pockets on the front.

Inspiration:  crochet + brown leather belt!

****SOLD**** Pair of red bistro chairs: $30

****SOLD*** Our last kitchen really needed a POP of colour, and these red chairs added just the right touch.  Our new kitchen doesn't have an eating area, and we don't need these beauties any more.   Give them a good new home?  Lightweight (aluminum?) and sturdy, with easy to clean cane seating.   The little pale grey foot covers are removable - we put them on to prevent scratching on the hardwood floors.
Price: $30 for the pair

The red chairs in our old kitchen.

Graceful silhouette


****SOLD**** Earthy vase quartet, with an orange twist: $20

***SOLD*** You know that Sesame Street sketch that goes 'One of these things is not like the other?'  Well, wha-bam, here's your very own perfectly mismatched decorative version of that educational ditty!   Three gorgeously textured clay vases, made in Barbados, are QUITE lovely on their own, but the little highly glazed orange vase provides the perfect POP.  The smaller clay pieces are about 12cm tall, and the tallest pieces is a shade under 20cms.   Arrange them on your mantel, or on a mirrored tray as an informal sculptural centerpiece.  Add scraggly chrysanthemums or bright maple leaves to amp up the colour quotient.   You could also use them to display your favourite bracelets!

Price: $20 for the set

Detail of clay texture.

***SOLD*** Early 90s, stylishly piratical denim coat/dress, size XS/S: $20

***SOLD*** Is it a coat?  Is it a dress?  Why categorize!  Enjoy the options at your disposable with this dashing denim piece!   Wear over a crewneck tee & leggings for an easy & comfy yet strong-shouldered & sharp silhouette, or with a long full skirt & snappy hat for extra drama.  The emphasis here is on the cinched waist - I love the fullness of the skirt & the hint of pirate/ military in the double-breasted closure and collar flaps.
Label: Pashu (Montreal design)
Size: XS/S  (the waist is 26.5"-27", hips are free )


****SOLD**** For your little princess, lilac party dress & white cardigan, size 5: $15

I *may* have gotten a little carried away buying flower girl dresses for the wedding.  This is a darling lilac number that didn't make it down the aisle - tags are still on!  Super girly in every way:  rosettes at the waist, embroidery at the neckline & sparkles in the layers of tulle skirting.   Comes with cute little ruffled cardigan.
Size: 5
Price: $15 for the outfit  (tags are still on the dress!  original cost for both: $40)


Bodice embroidery.

Sparkly tulle skirt.


****SOLD**** H&M autumn hues knit dress, L: $15

Dress is too big for the mannequin - needs curves to bring out the beauty!
Label: H&M
Size: L
We are experiencing a rare thing here in Montreal:  a temperate & lengthy autumn!   Embrace the colours of the season in this cozy knit dress.  Easy to wear silhouette, flattering vee-neck, draped sleeves and flowy through the hip.  Great for a hearty Sunday brunch!
Price: $15


****SOLD**** Ellen Tracy striped silk blouse, size 12: $15

Label:  Ellen Tracy
Size: 12 (39", 31 1/2", 41 1/2")
100% silk blouse in dainty blue and white stripes, with frill detail at the bodice and gently rounded collar.  Tuck into a rich suede skirt, or well cut trousers, or wear open & belted over a dress instead of a cardigan
Price: $15 (retailed for over $65)

Stripes and pearls? Yippee kai yai!

Inspiration:  belt over sleek dark trousers & play with indigo accessories!

****SOLD**** Statement bangle! Silver-plated bracelet with large jade beads: $15

 Things to love about this bracelet:
  • the lustrous silver-plated sheen
  • the way the multitude of smaller beads catches the light
  • the three large green jade beads
  • the way it works on its own, or stacked with your bangles
The price: $15



****SOLD**** Stackable clear glass bottles: $10 for the pair

Pretty stackable glass bottles!  Use 'em to add visual interest to your well curated liquor cabinet, or to keep your balsamic vinegar and olive oil handy for salads.
Price: $10 for the pair


****SOLD**** Sweet caramel mini-satchel: $15

This beauty can so easily be your go-to every day purse.   Versatile caramel colour goes with almost everything, the long diagonal skinny strap is adjustable & will fit over your fall trench and winter wools, and the size (25 cm wide, 23 cm tall & 8 cm deep) is just right for your wallet and a book!
Price: $15 


****SOLD**** 80s pixie blue leather boots, size 9B: $25

In all their blue glory...
Don't these make you want to kick butt and save the world, Wonderwoman style?  And oh that BLUE!  Comfily broken in, but still very stylish and with plenty of wear left in 'em.  Made in Canada, leather, almond-toe, very wearable heel height and ya gotta love the assymetry and fun little curly detail on the side.   Perfect for channeling your inner Pat Benatar!
Label: unknown
Size: 9B
Price: $25

Curly detail

Teensy scratches on toe - two or three on heel as well.

Trove makeover is almost complete!

Hello all!  It was a busy weekend in Troveland!   The two shiny new garment racks were delivered in the middle of Friday evening's rainstorm and I was up til well after midnight arranging clothing and purses on 'em.  I must say I am very pleased with how it looks, and how much more fits into the same space - the room feels bigger too!  Now I just need to find new shelves for the housewares and some sort of curtaining system for the change room, and we'll be ready to rock!   Thanks to Lauren and Sabrina for inaugurating the new space, in its transitional state, during their jewelry raid Saturday afternoon.

Soon to glitter in the Trove:
  • vintage 80s blue knee-high leather boots with 1.5" heel, size 9B
  • swashbuckling 80s denim dress/coat, cinched waisted, falls to above the knee, size S
  • H&M cream, orange and brown crochet dress, size L
  • early 90s black lace dress, cap sleeve, falls below the knee, size 8-10
  • 1970s dolman sleeve caramel suede dress with assymetric neckline & pencil skirt, size 6
  • vintage 60s ice bucket
  • vintage 60s stacking hard liquor glass bottle duo

****SOLD**** The Little Black Purse: $15

Ooh - shiny!
Polished, pretty and  at 7.5" x 7" this vintage 60s purse is just the right size for a night out!   It even comes with a teeny little change purse.   I'm a big fan of the gold-tone snap buckle, the slight curve to the top flap, and the way the leather is gathered on the bottom half.   All you need is a lipgloss, buspass, keys & mad money :)
Price: $15


Treasure = Paco + Lupe's bags!

Celia Cruz of Paco + Lupe has a knack for combining all of the following into her bag designs: sturdy materials, bold-yet-wearable prints or super soft & huggable microsuedes, and versatile shapes.   I love that her bags are decently proportioned for us pint-sized folk.   Standing as straight as possible, I'm a majestic 5'2," so lugging an oversized tote looks ridiculous.  Also, I find that the bigger the bag, the more stuff I carry with me.   It can get downright silly, not to mention bad for my back.

I've had my eye on these pretty-pretties for quite some time and may just make one of 'em mine all mine...

Had to share the talented Montreal goodness!  And also, congrats to Celia for 3 years of Paco + Lupe success!

Betty & Mellow Yellow by Paco + Lupe

****SOLD**** Sterling silver, green turquoise & river pearl earrings: $15

Turquoise this shade of vibrant green is unusual and oh so lovely, especially set in sterling silver, with lustrous river pearls!   These measure a little under 2" in length and would dress up (against rich autumn rusts and browns) or down (silver and denim? yes please!) very well.
Price: $15


****SOLD**** Vintage silver-tone filigree necklace, Tammey Jewels: $15

I'm a tea fiend, and the gorgeous filigree pendant on this vintage necklace makes me want to make a nice Earl Grey and Gulabi loose tea brew - warms me right to my toes!   The prettily twisted chain is 24" long, and the pendant dangles a striking 1 3/4."  Antique silver-tone by Tammey Jewels, likely from the 1960s.
Price: $15

Close up of clasp and hang tag