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Tassel and Fringe

I love earrings. It will be something I really miss in this year of no shopping. I like to have new earrings all the time. A different pair for each outfit really. I guess this addiction has left me with some limitations in my shopping choices because although there are a lot of incredible jewelers in the province there are not a lot whose work I could afford on an ongoing basis. So I was extremely pleased to find Rita Van Tassel’s work in Love, Me Boutique last summer. I got a great pair of bright orange and teal earrings for a perfect $24. I realized later that Rita and I had gone to school together on the South Shore. We met again at the Crafter’s Market in December where I purchased another pair (or 2) of her dangly goods. They are my favorites and I will not tire of them any time soon. Rita’s work is totally stylish, playful, locally made and sustainably sourced. Almost all of her materials are off cuts too small for other projects but perfect for you and your feathery, fringy fancies. You can find her on Etsy at  http://www.etsy.com/shop/RitaVanTassel


Local Biscuits? Homegrown High Fashion!

Claire and I headed downtown this morning to see what kind of local products our favorite retailers are carrying. Seems to be a little disconnect for some retailers when in comes to selling NS products in their shops.  The store owners I talked to today were very supportive of NS goods and would like to be able to offer them to their customers. My friend Wendy, who owns Biscuit General Store, would like to carry more locally made goods but can’t compete when they are being sold directly at craft fairs, Etsy or Farmers Markets. Often small producers are buying their materials at retail prices and aren’t manufacturing in large quantities. So what? Should the customer being willing to pay more? The retailers take a smaller margin? Producers cut costs or increase production? Only sell direct through markets? I am curious  what  you think.

I did find some beautiful homegrown greats at Biscuit. Sisters Louanna & Hilary Murphy both sell their one of a kind wares at the General Store. Here are some of the pieces I love! Louanna’ s top and floral skirt (right). Hilary’s necklace (below).