‘Tis the season to hit the stores for all sorts of gifts – whether it be for kids, friends, colleagues or bosses – we’re all searching for the perfect present. Thoughtful but not trying and affordable but not cheap. What better way to celebrate Kingston’s wonderful local businesses than by allowing them help you finish your holiday shopping.
I’ve picked a few of my favourite places in town and listed them under categories for Christmas shopping inspiration.
This edition is for the friend who loves to fill their home with unique pieces, one of these spots will have something for them. Whether it be a fur lamp shade, studded picture frame or one-of-a-kind decorative mirror – there will be something that will make you say, “oh that is so (insert name here)!”
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End of the Thread Antique Emporium: This place is filled with eclectic pieces that will widen your eyes and inspire new ideas. With a mix of old and new, they carry wonderfully unique pieces that you won’t find anywhere else for the special person in your life. Prices range so don’t let an expensive price tag discourage you from taking a good look – make sure you look downstairs for sale items! Bonus: If you are a fan of a photobooth session they have one in the store – $4!
Collins Bay Flea Market: This 6000 square foot space resembles a grandma’s basement that needs a good purging. But that’s what I like about it. I love a good hunt for a unique item and with 25 diverse vendors, there are many treasures. Beautiful old vases or printed ceramic bowls – there are so many perfect accent items that can add personality to a simple space. Unique gifts everywhere! I’ve written about them before. Check that post out.
Antique Alley: From vintage furniture to old typewriters and more. There is something here that would make a beautiful gift for the person in your life who appreciates a blast from the past.