3 Vancouver Farmers Markets open this week: here’s when and where

Trout Lake Farmers Market Facebook | Julia Montague photo credit

Trout Lake Farmers Market Facebook | Julia Montague photo credit

Get out your reusable shopping bags! Spring has sprung and summer is on its way…and with that, Vancouver Farmers Markets are gearing up for a busy season.

Three of the seven markets are opening this week (Yaletown, Trout Lake, and Kitsilano). The West End market opens on May 30, and three others follow in June.

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3 Vancouver Farmers Markets open this week: here’s when and where

The Legendary Army and Navy Shoe Sale is Back May 6th!

army and navy shoe sale 2015

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All of you shoe addicts out there know, there is really no such thing as having too many shoes. So if you’re looking to add a pair or two (or ten!) to your collection, it’s time to mark your calendar for Army & Navy’s Legendary Shoe Sale coming back to Vancouver on Wednesday, May 6, 2015!

For their 66th annual Legendary Shoe Sale, Army & Navy will be selling off famous designer shoe brands all priced for under $50.

“In addition to iconic names like Steve Madden, Betsey Johnson, Nine West and Calvin Klein we also have a selection of luxury labels we can’t even mention. Why the secrecy? Because each and every pair will be priced under 50 dollars!” said Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy President & CEO.

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The Legendary Army and Navy Shoe Sale is Back May 6th!

Pick up some Posies this Sunday at the VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Sale

Van Dusen Plant Sale 2015

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Get your wheelbarrow ready! This weekend the VanDusen Botanical Garden is hosting their incredibly popular annual plant sale that attracts more than 10,000 people looking to score some sweet deals on over 20,000 plants! This sale is one day only, on Sunday April 26, 2015 and is held from 10am to 4pm on the Great Lawn.

Best of all, admittance to the annual plant sale is 100% free, so even if you’re not shopping for plants, it’s a great opportunity to see what’s available (orchids are cheap!), watch the crowds fighting over the last tomato plant, or learn more about planting mushrooms. Plus, entry to the VanDusen Botanical Garden is free (for this one day only!) so you can take a stroll around the gardens after picking up a few plants.

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Pick up some Posies this Sunday at the VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Sale

Vancouver’s hidden factory outlet mall revealed

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Go ahead, ask ’em. Most Vancouverites couldn’t tell you that there’s an outlet mall mere minutes from the city. In fact, many of the locals who drive across the U.S. border hunting for deals don’t even know about it.

But now you do.

I stumbled across Queensborough Landing a few years ago and have been shopping there periodically ever since. It’s located in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster, which is about a half hour’s drive from Downtown Vancouver in good traffic. (That’s 45 minutes or more during rush hour.)

A strip mall over 400,000 square feet, the shopping centre has plenty of stores to comb for bargains. So what brands will you find?

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Vancouver’s hidden factory outlet mall revealed

Give Handmade Gifts this Year from 5 Fantastic Craft Fairs

Vancouver Craft Fair 2014

Image courtesy of Make It! Craft Fair | Photo credit ©Imaging by Marlis 2011

In November and December local craft fairs seem to be happening every weekend, and for good reason. More and more people are turning to Vancouver craft fairs for unique, handmade gifts to giveaway during the holiday season.

Vancouver craft fairs have become bigger than ever before and the wide selection of goods available makes it easy to shop for everyone on your list. On top of that, many craft fairs are turning into a place to shop with a big side of party atmosphere. Beer gardens, food trucks, and hands-on demonstrations are turning the idea of an old-fashioned craft fair on its head.

Here are 5 craft fairs to check out this month in Vancouver, and don’t be afraid to bring your reluctant significant other along, there’s plenty of things to keep them occupied with! (namely: food and craft beer).

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Give Handmade Gifts this Year from 5 Fantastic Craft Fairs