Courage, My Love

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.

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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….

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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…

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You can pick out a selection of baubles and shiny things from a huge bin….

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…or get a new pink sombrero, or a stylish bike seat cover.

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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:

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For more information on Dia de los Muertos, read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

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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?

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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!

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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.

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*sigh* maybe someday….

I couldn’t find an official website for the store, but here are some more photos and reviews.

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/courage-my-love-toronto

http://www.blogto.com/fashion_style/2006/12/vintage_kensington_courage_my_love/

Stay tuned!

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