When I went to Kensington Market a couple weeks ago, I visited a store called “Courage My Love” that was so awesome that it deserves its own entry. So here it is.
I especially like the weird mannequins sitting on the roof.
When you enter you are greeted by a rack full of Mexican wrestling masks and sarcastic postcards with 1950s photos on them. You’ve probably seen those before….the ones that have pictures of a 1950s smiling housewife wearing an apron and holding a casserole with a baby in the background and a thought bubble that says something like ” You mean I get to cook AND change filthy diapers? How did I get so lucky?” Hahaha.
Past the wrestling masks and postcards this is the scene. Vintage lamps, jewelry, handpainted buttons, all sorts of sewing supplies, vintage clothing, accessories….
A disco ball on the ceiling…y’know, in case the staff decide to have a dance party…
Vintage shoes, belts, party dresses from the 1950s….ugly dresses from the 1980s….and some new clothes as well from faraway places like India and Mongolia…
You can pick out a selection of baubles and shiny things from a huge bin….
…or get a new pink sombrero, or a stylish bike seat cover.
The store had a large selection of Mexican cultural items, including Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) figurines and tiny, brightly painted boxes with miniature saints/dieties inside them. I don’t know much about the significance of the shadow boxes…does anyone know more about this?
Here are some of the Dia de los Muertos figurines:
For more information on Dia de los Muertos, read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead
I also came across these creepy/awesome masks at the back of the store. I am not sure where they are from, but my guess is Burma or Thailand. Does anyone else have any guesses?
You can also get amulets/charms to….well, I can’t read Spanish…but I assume the money symbol one is to gain luck with money. 🙂
Hmmmm…..maybe I should have bought that one!
This is perhaps the most awesome dress I have ever seen. I think it’s from Mongolia. It was pretty pricey, but I have no doubt that it’s worth it considering the amount of work and detailing that went into it.
*sigh* maybe someday….
I couldn’t find an official website for the store, but here are some more photos and reviews.