I was happy to meet up with my brother in Toronto earlier today for an escape from the suburbs. I met him near his house in the east end and, lucky for me, it was very close to a lovely gift shop called Adornments on Queen (338 Queen Street East). Isn’t it a beautiful space?
Great ideas for frugal moms
The owner was a lovely woman named Barbara and when I asked her to recommend some items for frugal moms, she went straight to a table with kids’ stuff. The first item she showed me was a vintage top toy, the kind where you pull the top and the inside spins when you let go. It’s a bit of a splurge item at around $40, but I love it’s simplicity and nostalgic charm. And I think my three-year-old would be fascinated by it for hours.
The second thing Barbara pointed out to us was a baby blanket that is a hybrid of blankie and stuffed animal (pictured on the left). I fell in love with the elephant one — isn’t it adorable?
I LOVE home decor magazines, so I was definitely drooling over many of Adornment on Queen’s housewares. They had everything from covered dining room chairs and throw pillows to floral-themed hanging lights and interesting picture frames. Sadly, new furniture isn’t in the budget right now, but I will definitely be back here when I have some income to dispose of. I’ll also be back if I need a gift, as they have a lot of small items like candles and desk ornaments.
I also want to note that with all the construction at Queen and Parliament, it’s important to support local businesses who may be losing some foot traffic. The construction did mean fewer parking spots on the street and a bit of a mess, but other than that it’s not too much of an inconvenience.
After our time at Adornments on Queen, my brother had the exciting chance to go bargain-hunting at Shopper’s Drug Mart with me. My find? A 10-pack of Ivory aloe soap for $3.99! Then we had lattes at an espresso bar in the area I forget the name of. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!