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My sister visited a small, quaint town called Elora which is just outside of Guelph, Ontario. On her day trip she stumbled upon a vintage boutique called Sweet Trash. She automatically called me and was raving about how amazing it is. So over the holidays I decided to take a day trip with my sister and a friend to see what this vintage boutique was all about.
As we walked up the street towards this corner 2 story century home, I noticed there were no lights on. I turned to my sister and shrieked please don’t tell me its closed. As we get closer, to my dismay we saw a closed sign hanging in the window and to make matters worse as we walked up the stairs towards the front entrance we saw that the shop will be closed for the entire month of January! I was ready to cry myself a river considering that I drove an hour and half from Toronto. We all sat there moping until my sister finally read the fine print on the sign that notified us that in case of a vintage emergency please call the following number. So of course, she called and to our surprise a woman picked up and offered to come in on her day off. We were elated to find out this news!
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We walked in and instantly made ourselves comfortable and acquainted with the 2 story home that has been converted into a nostalgic vintage boutique, and were ready to discover every room in the home. It took us a good hour before we even made our way up to the second floor! We were amazed and in awe with all the accessories, handbags, shoes and vintage fashion from 1920’s to 1980’s. When we finally made it to the second floor, we discovered the bridal suite where we decided to take a load off and have a mini-fashion show and played a small game of guess that decade. What was fantastic about each item, the price tag included the year from which the article originated from. After the bridal room we discovered a room of vintage formal and cocktail dress’s. The third room had outerwear and lingerie. I was in love, with the functionality of every room! We all were speechless to see the variety of authentic and great quality vintage fashion from so many decades, under one roof. The prices were higher than I anticipated but considering the one- of-a-kind finds and the authenticity of the pieces it really was well worth every penny.
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From top to bottom the store was impeccable, but what made the shopping experience so incredible was Terry the owner of Sweet Trash who welcomed us with open arms. She was so kind and sweet, we all personally got to know one another which created a warm welcoming environment, in fact all that was missing were tea and fresh scones. She was an incredible wealth of knowledge in so many different realms, but especially knowledgeable about the history of the fashion in her store along with the product knowledge. It was so refreshing to meet a vintage store owner who knew what they were talking about. This experience also taught me that I may need to take a Sunday School with Terry about vintage fashion, I got a lot more to learn.
We all left very happy campers and each had Sweet Trash shopping bags with many fabulous one-of-a -kind vintage finds in them. So if you have a special event and feel like taking a day trip to a very cute and quaint town I highly recommend you make a day out of it and check out Sweet Trash in Elora.
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HOURS OF OPERATION:
Sun, Tue, Wed: 12:00 – 5:00
Thur, Fri, Sat: 11:00 – 5:30
(closed on Monday)
Check many more pictures here of Sweet Trash I went camera happy!