There’s a chain store called Winner’s/HomeSense here. I’ve never, up until now, bothered to find out whether it’s a Canadian chain, or American. I googled them now and it said they have stores, operating in Canada and Europe. It’s similar to the American HomeGoods. Okay … so, now I know.
These stores are fairly large, they carry everything from porcelain, dinner ware, interior decoration, some furniture, to clothes, make-up stuff, shoes and handbags. There’s a lot of crappy stuff — in my opinion mainly crappy stuff. Sometimes it does happen you get really surprised, though, and find something of really high quality.
Once, in Quebec City, I found a candle holder from Orrefors — renowned, Swedish glassworks, for example. My current handbag, made from Italian leather, is from this store! You really have to keep your eyes peeled in there, or you might miss some gem 😂.
Those times you have to make up your mind real quick! If you hesitate and decide to go back there at a later date, it will be gone, and never come back.
On my list visit there, I saw packages of four dinner plats with poppies on them. My inner voice said, in a very stern way; “NO … no way! We have enough plats ‘n stuff!” and I actually walked away without them. I did the same thing before Christmas, when I saw a teacup (also with poppies). I had to go back then, and I likewise went back now.
To place it on this table cloth was perhaps a bit over the top — I did it just for fun, when I took this quick picture. A white table cloth will make these plates stand out more — this is too “wild”. Can you tell I like red poppies?!
So now we have four, new dinner plates — $19 — that we certainly didn’t need. We might have to start giving stuff away to charity soon.
The two poppy mugs to the right, in the line-up, are from Hayward & Warwick … one of the oldest stores in Saint John. There, you can easily get financially ruined 🙂.