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Shoptalk. Shop of the week. Winkel!

1107 Queen St East

Spending time at Winkel is like raiding your favorite Auntie’s attic, especially if that Auntie happens to be hip, tasteful, and likes to have a good laugh.

From it’s lively collection of vintage dishware, to mildly inappropriate greeting cards, Winkel’s stock changes constantly. On any day you may find a wagon wheel table, pretty pink pottery, or lobster claw saltshakers. A set of kitchen chairs hangs on the wall, while further back, a cardboard Roy Rogers waves merrily from his cardboard horse.

Shopping for your favorite boozer? Maybe you’ll score 1950’s coasters embossed with recipes for your favorite cocktail. (It’s never too late to start experimenting with vermouth!).

Know a sporty baby? Perhaps they’d enjoy some crocheted booties, fashioned like hockey skates.

Owner Kari and her sidekick Hubble opened Winkel five years ago. Since then it’s became known for it’s charming tchotchke, and paper products old and new. Collectable calendars and magazines can be found throughout the shop, and the colourful selection of cards cover all manner of occasions and friends – even the ones you don’t like.

So go to shop, to say hello, or just to rub Hub’s belly. He won’t mind. He is pug dog, after all.

Gift Tip: Bald Guy greeting cards

Design Tip: Oil cloth. Those bold patterns are begging to become your new outdoor table cloth.


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Comment by Jim on March 14, 2009 at 2:19pm
Great review! Winkel is indeed a terrific shop. Fun and eclectic. Get some crocheted hightops for the baby or the rear view mirror.
Comment by Nolin (Admin) on March 11, 2009 at 12:11am
Loving the Gift and Design Tips! Let me know if you stumble upon any really cool 70s style wallpaper in blues, greens, and browns.

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