retail therapy [203/365]

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.

candleholderOnce, in Quebec City, I found a candle holder from Orrefors — Β 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 πŸ˜‚.

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.

IMG_3122On my list visit there, I saw packages of four dinner plats with poppies on them. My inner voice said, in a very stern way; β€œNO … 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 β€œwild”. 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 πŸ™‚.

34 thoughts on “retail therapy [203/365]

  1. joannesisco

    I LOVE dishes and if I wasn’t limited by space, I’d probably have so many more than I already have.
    I think these poppy dishes are lovely – bright and cheerful. The poppy tablecloth is great, but I agree that the dishes would certainly pop on a plain tablecloth or place-mat.

  2. Nylabluesmum

    You love Poppies; I love Irises. I have an entire set of Corelle ‘Spring Iris’ plus the tea pot, sugar bowl, creamer & salt/peeper shakers! They are a medium purple color. My kitchenette’s colors are olive green, sunflower yellow & rustic red. I have learned to use only pops of the red & make the primary colors the yellow & olive green so they accent the purple irises. Like it matters when one lives alone….. πŸ˜‰
    And like you Rebby, I am also a minimalist! I have what I need & nothing more as there is no room & who needs 3 sets of dishes & glasses they never use & extra cutlery…..
    I like things simple & clean looking. (soothes the chaotic mind of mine, hehehe…)
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen

    1. Rebekah M

      I really like those Corelle products! They never seem to make coffee mugs, though. The mugs included in the sets are always made of the ordinary stuff. I wonder why that is?!

      I so love the colours of the Iris! πŸ™‚

      1. Nylabluesmum

        I have found Corelle coffee mugs in more recent sets of Corelle. different patterns tho’. My set was purchased around 2004-05 & it came with teacups & saucers. I gave the teacups away as they were useless to me. I use the saucers for Dharth Henry’s tuna at night. I had to buy dessert bowls to match & they were $4. each & I bought 6…seriously expensive but I wants the bowls to match. Mingflower, then Nylablue & now Dharth Henry eat from those bowls so I did get my monies worth didn’t I Rebby??

        1. Rebekah M

          Gerry has four mugs that are actually made of the Corelle material. He got them in a grocery store — it was something like that points system. Apart from them, I’ve only seen the ones made of stoneware.

          So nice that he (and the others too) has matching bowls and saucers πŸ˜€

  3. PonderTheIrrelevant

    Those dishes are lovely! I like that they aren’t too over the top, just a bit of color that pops. I’ve been on the lookout for new dishes for some time now but have yet to find the ones tempting enough for purchase. When you do find them, you just gotta go for it πŸ™‚

  4. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    If you want to go totally minimal – but high contrast – how about a black tablecloth [w/ vivid red napkins; ]… Your plates will sing (and black goes with everything: )

    1. Rebekah M

      Just checked out the link. Thanks. Saw some really nice stuff there. A series with a rooster, amongst others. But all the mugs are either made of porcelain or stoneware … not that Corelle material?! I kind of like that material πŸ™‚

  5. Joss

    My favourite HomeSense store is the one in Kingston and I have a few things , here in Ecuador, that came from there. I have a beautiful poppy plate that came with me ftom Nova scotia. You would probably be aghast if you knew what I use it for!

  6. daydreamer2011

    I hear you though… I am hopeless about teamugs…. LOL I see so many pretty ones in the store – and I want I want! Usually I DO talk myself out of it, saying I have enough of teamugs! But once in a while I end up buying a new one lol


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