The Ruby Slipper Vintage Vintage & Trendy Consignment 370 St. Anne's Road Facebook 204-257-3949
*** out of 5
The sign outside of Ruby Slipper's St. Anne's Road location reads: "The Ruby Slipper Vintage & Trendy Consignment". When the store was located on Sargent Avenue it was called "The Ruby Slipper Vintage Shoppe". The subtle change in name, in my opinion, is no coincidence. There is a significant increase in the percentage of modern and designer consignment for sale versus vintage for sale at their newer location (the shop moved about a year and a half from the time this post was published).
This is not to say that there is no vintage available. Most of the clothing I spied while sifting through the racks hailed from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Good news for you if you love the fashions from these eras. If you adore the 40's and 50's, like I do, or even earlier eras, then Ruby Slipper may disappoint. The shop does seem to get older pieces in occasionally - as always, the trick is to know when to shop at Ruby. Following them on Facebook is the best way to snag the best vintage. The shop still updates their page frequently with photos of new items, sales and other goings on. The new store is brightly painted and has great natural light. They have much more retail floor space than the Sargent store, so the stock doesn't seem to be rotated seasonally anymore - there was a rack of fur coats for sale when I went in July. The pile of shoes is still there (if you've been to Ruby before, you know what I mean) and their selection of vintage jewelry is still very impressive.
So if you're into used modern designer duds or "newer" vintage Ruby Slipper is the place for you. If older vintage fashions get your heart racing then this shop might not make the top spot on your shopping rounds - check Facebook first before making the trek to St. Anne's Road.
See the Sargent Avenue location review here. UPDATE: My spies tell me that Ruby Slipper is for sale. If you're interested check out their ad on Kijiji.
I threw this outfit together today. I had some errands to run in the afternoon and rehearsal this evening. I have been wearing dresses all week, but wanted to put on something a little more casual. Plus, I wanted to wear my new Miss L Fire Bluebird Sandals (!!). Yup. I bought them. No. Regrets.
I bought this navy blouse at a sample sale way back when I worked at Ricki's. I have worn it less than 10 times since then, but for some reason I never want to get rid of it when I'm culling my wardrobe. It never fails, I put it on and I remember how much I love it.
And I must mention my sailor shorts as well. I have been on the hunt for a pair of navy or black sailor shorts for years now, but I have A) been too cheap to pull the trigger on an expensive pair online B) haven't been able to find a pair with the right rise in a local retail store. This summer, as usual, Value Village came to the rescue and I bought these shorts there. And I paid $3 for them!!! You heard me. Patience and persistance paid off as usual and I got a very nice pair of sailor shorts at the thrift store for less than a Starbuck's coffee!! I had to replace one button and take them in at the back, but that took very little time. I've worn these shorts SOO many times this summer. They just seem to go with everything.
In my early days of collecting I would often buy pieces that had some serious flaws. I did this partially because I just wanted vintage - any vintage - in my closet and buying less than perfect vintage fit my university student budget much better.
These days I rarely buy vintage that is severely damaged. Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to minor flaws, that's just part of the deal with clothes as old as I like them, but I NEVER buy things that have serious flaws.
Today I made an exception for an exceptional dress I believe I needed to rescue.
I know what you're about to say. That this dress looks fine. And from the front it does. However, the back of this dress is ripped. The bodice buttons up in the back (It's missing one button) and the entire skirt is ripped. So you can put this poor dress on like an apron at the moment. I'm not showing you the back because I'm not really keen on showing my underwear to the internet, so you'll have to use your imagination.
I believe I can repair this dress. I bought it for a song at Vintage Glory today. It spoke to me. It's not my usual 50's style, but I love it. I'm going to try and sew the split in the back shut. I'm hoping the pattern is busy enough it will distract from the seam. Failing that I will make this into a peplum blouse.
Here's the official plug for my next work project:
Cock and Bull are two different plays by the same playwright. Theatre by the River is presenting them in repertory, which means the plays are being presented on alternating nights by the same cast and crew. We are, however presenting both plays in one night for four days throughout the performance run.
I'm excited to be working with Theatre by the River. I am a founding member of the company (I'm no longer a company member) and I performed in many of their early productions. I haven't worked with them since I left the company in 2009, so this is a bit of a homecoming for me.
Here's what Theatre by the River has to say about the plays:
Cock & Bull
Two plays by Mike Bartlett
Performed on alternating nights, in repertory
Directed by Rodrigo Beilfuss
Featuring Kevin Anderson, Derek Leenhouts, Mel Marginet and Karl Thordarson
Design by Daina Leitold | Stage Managed by Lisa Nelson
Winner of the Olivier Award
John has been in a long-term relationship with his same-sex partner, M. When they break up, John finds himself falling in love with W, a woman he sees on his daily commute. When he goes back to his relationship with M, he has a hard time leaving his connection to W. What does this mean? Is he gay, straight, bisexual? Who will he choose to spend his life with? When M suggests they settle the unrest over dinner – and invites his father along for support – it’s an evening that will forever change the way you look at a love triangle.
A National (Canadian) Premiere
Three employees wait to meet their boss. After the meeting, only two will have their jobs. In 2014 the cost of living has increased exponentially, while income has remained stagnant. The chronic under-employment faced by Millennials means this play is full of high stakes, low morals and a need to win at all costs.
Cock and Bull are two stand-alone plays, which we are performing in repertory (same cast and crew, alternating nights). Come to one for $20 ($15 for students, industry, underemployed) and see the second for just $12 (Repertory Special!)
Seating is limited in our venue, so if you live in Winnipeg or in the surrounding area and would like to purchase tickets click here.
We snuck off to the lake for the last four days. It's been quite stormy this summer and we were blessed with pretty good weather all weekend. The best day was on Tuesday afternoon. It was quiet - being mid week and all - and the weather was just perfect. We spent the afternoon laying on the dock with the dogs, swimming and drinking cold beers.
These are the days I wait for all year. The dog days of summer....