A warehouse filled with mainly bric-a-brac, damaged or near damaged goods, building materials, books, toys, household goods.. anything goes. Proceeds from sales go to support local adult shelters, workshops and community centres.
Initially, my purpose was to find old unwanted and perhaps damaged things to upcycle into new products; mainly fabric, and papergoods. I did manage to get a few goodies, including this discarded vintage pattern, without instructions - $1, which I am going to turn into brooches.
But, out of the corner of my eye, I spot a bag, hanging on the edge of a shelf. A bag with the cutest mini cooper print.
On closer inspection, I notice a label:
Paul Smith, a leading UK fashion designer
I ask the lady behind the counter the price for the bag, to which she replies $2. Two dollars for Paul Smith?! SOLD!
Is this bag a real Paul Smith, or a copy? It certainly looks and feels a quality product, but no matter, for I am keeping this little gem, not for the designer label, but for the print which reminds me a little of life in London.
Finding a second hand designer bag when you least expect it. Result!