If you live in Calgary and you’re on Instagram than it’s a safe bet that you saw something about Commonwealth Collectors Club over the last few weeks. If you don’t live in Calgary and you haven’t heard of it, it’s a seasonal curated marketplace for new and vintage clothes and jewelry, decor and many other cool things. The event is held inside of the Commonwealth Bar (hence the name of the market) which is a really interesting space and way hipper than any club I can remember.
I arrived at just after the 1:00PM start time and the whole space was already packed. I overheard someone saw that there was even a lineup to get in… The modified nightclub turned daytime hipster and eclectic urbanite shopping experience still brought out the lines! An interesting twist on using the Commonwealth Bar as the space is that it’s licensed. That’s right, adult friendly beverages were available and being consumed by a hearty chunk of the crowd. Day drinking is the new night drinking, right?
It was difficult to move around the space easily because of the just how many people there were but it didn’t deter me from checking out all of the booths. I had a limited amount of time so I made my way around pretty quickly. I was really excited to see the CoutuKitsch booth because I have been admiring their pieces on Instagram for months now and have lusted after several drool-worthy pieces like the Amethyst Slice Necklace below. I hadn’t seen their rings before in person but they are gorgeous and would pop with almost any outfit. I bought the Wishbone Necklace in gold which you can check out at the bottom of this post along with my other purchases.
My love for Lost in Layers isn’t new. Since discovering Lindsay Sabean and her locally designed and handmade kimonos on Instagram, I have already added one off -the-rack piece and a custom design to my closet. The kimonos are one size which means no matter your body type, it will fit and flatter. Kimonos are EVERYWHERE right now (hello, Coachella) and are super versatile. Pair it with jeans and a tank top or shorts and you’re golden. I am willing to hedge that you will get a ton of compliments this summer if you rock a kimono, shorts and a tank top. I consider it a done deal.
It was the first time that I had seen Dreamboat Lucy anywhere but I think that it’s safe to say that her pieces would easily be coveted by most women in the world. Plus, all of the jewelry pieces were really photogenic and her clean white display made everything stand out AND her clothing could find its way into my closest any day. My favourite piece of clothing was easily the Lucia Vest. It’s totally on trend right now and it’s the first time I’ve seen a piece like it in such a vibrant colour. I want it. Don’t you want it?
The basement felt like a zen garden compared to the upstairs. There were wayyyy less people and Fiasco Gelato was there waiting to grab you with their ice cream sandwiches.
The highlight for me downstairs was this wicked cross stitching. I don’t think that I have attempted cross stitching since the late ’80s when I was at my grandparent’s house eating Safeway bulk food section caramels and watching golf (summer) or curling (winter) on TV. Needle-less (pun intended) to say, I didn’t produce quality product like Tricia Hirsche of Holy Stitch.
Prairie Boys Supply Co. also caught my eye with their cool display. The lightening wasn’t ideal on either level but it really worked in some of my pictures like this one. I don’t sport a beard and neither does my husband but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a good one and I can imagine that their products would be handy for taming those wayward curls. Lumbersexual is the new metrosexual in case you haven’t heard.
So what did I come home with? I bought a beautiful and in mint condition bag from the ladies of The Alberta General Store.
The Wishbone Necklace I mentioned at the top of the post from CoutuKitsch which I sported yesterday and included in my outfit of the day on Instagram. I am going to be wearing it a lot on my upcoming trip to Vegas, San Fransisco and Iran on its own and layered with my Gorjana Knox Boxed Pendant Necklace.
My last purchase of the day was a Camp Brand Goods t-shirt from their new spring collection. This t-shirt was on the pricey side but the solid design, fabric quality (it’s oh-so soft!) and fact that it’s a Calgary company made me pull the trigger. I also love that the fit of the shirt isn’t super tight. Many women’s t-shirts are so fitted that it defeats the purpose of a t-shirt in my mind. Ladies want to relax too. I’m going to be sporting the shirt on its own, with blazers and with skirts. It’s a versatile piece that can transition from day to camping.
My next market adventure will be Market Collective in May. Stay tuned for a post featuring my finds, including pictures, there and don’t forget to follow The Bitch That Stole My Style on Instagram for my most up-to-date exploits!