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Courage My Love

Posted by Briony / Posted on January 21, 2008

Courage My Love LeadKensington Market favourite Courage My Love has been open since the seventies, and has won a loyal following among Torontonians looking for cheap vintage, exotic beads, exquisite jewelry from faraway lands, and off-beat trinkets.

I'd always passed over the place due its hippie vibe, but one loooong visit changed my mind for good. After appraising for the ROM and traveling the world, founder and co-owner Stewart Scriver started the shop in 1975 as an outlet for the treasures he brought back from his travels, and vintage lovelies.

He still travels for a good chunk of the year to Thailand, Mexico, Turkey, India and even Namibia (for its famous bead markets), leaving the management of the store to his daughter and co-owner, Cece. The pair's passion for the offbeat and finding the right item for everyone shines through in the store's diverse, one-of-a-kind offerings.

Courage My Love Vintage ClothingJewelry makers can rejoice in the high-end beads, colored hemp, leather cording, and neat buttons that are made specifically for Courage My Love in Indonesia. Beaders can add some copper beads, tangerine grenades, black polka-dotted blue glass beads, African Amazonite, pink quartz, or bone flowers to their next project.

People who don't want to DIY can hit up the shop's jewelry stores--there's cheapie sterling silver rings and pendants, but also a wide variety of pricier pieces, studded with amber, coral, or turquoise. An elaborate, heavy, coral and silver necklace can go for $2400, but there are many more affordable pieces, like rings with chunky blue lapis ($220) or red carnelian ($68).

Courage My Love VIntage

Vintage clothing is the other main draw here, with excellent prices keeping clientele coming back. One could find a salmon-coloured velvet cocktail dress for $60, or a pale green silk shift with a beaded neckline for only $24. More practical items include men's blazers for $20 to $30, dress pants for $25, plaid skirts for around $14, and sturdy thick silk dresses for around $25.

Such a mishmash wouldn't be complete with some retro home accessories, right? I bypassed the hippie staples of the Balinese offering baskets ($12-$20) and brightly painted coconut masks ($15) and instead looked upward to the high shelves crammed with wacky, gorgeous ceramic lamps.

There are pony lamps and panther lamps, along with many groovy colour combos, like pink with black squiggles, and dark green with gold sparkles. With treasures this awesome, I can see past the hippie vibe - I've seen the light and love Courage My Love.

Courage My Love Lamps

Courage My Love Rings

Courage My Love Shoes

2Courage My Love Outside

Discussion

27 Comments

ariel c. / November 9, 2008 at 11:43 pm
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I LOVE this store.
the necklaces are amazing and so are the clothes ! :)
Emily / December 26, 2008 at 11:47 am
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I LOVE Courage!!! I got the prettiest vintage 40s dress there for only $25. And they have the cutest buttons you'll ever see!
Diane Farrall / December 31, 2008 at 03:02 pm
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Hello, Do you have any specific retail outlet/store at Ottawa/Nepean that you have some of your "special & unique" items for sale?
I am a long-time fashion guru, and would love to be able to purchase some of your specialty items(jewellery, clothes and shoes) for myself and close friends.
Look forward to a reply, at your convenience.
Thank you kindly, Diane Farrall
replying to a comment from Emily / March 16, 2009 at 11:05 pm
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mcrobert?
replying to a comment from ariel c. / March 16, 2009 at 11:06 pm
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ariel cohen?
Rachel / April 15, 2009 at 07:00 pm
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Hi, I was wondering if there are any pieces in the store that would be suitable for a high school graduation (so more like pretty cocktail dresses either floor length or knee)

Thank you!
Emily / April 16, 2009 at 02:39 am
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Hi Rachel, i'm not the original author or anything but you could probably find something like that there. I find my high school graduation dress there-- vintage 1940s, white with black Battenburg lace at the bottom, and i got tons of compliments on it... and the best part is that it was only $25! So do go there, but if you don't find anything, just explore up and down Kensington Ave... I LOVE Flashback (i think it's Flashback... or possibly King of Kensington? It's on the other side of the street anyway) too and the guy who owns it is SO friendly and helpful. I'm sure you'll find something in Kensington.
Jim / August 19, 2009 at 11:30 am
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Do they have a Men's section?
Apple / October 7, 2009 at 10:46 am
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This store will satisfy every person's taste- it has a bit of everything and that's why I absolutely LOVE it. It's all about vintage, it definitely has my loyal vote.
Christine / December 21, 2009 at 04:43 pm
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After reading this, I'll definitely check this store out the next time I'm in Toronto with my mom!
For anybody: What's the minimum price for necklaces and bracelets?
Thanks in advance!
Karrven / January 16, 2010 at 06:40 pm
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this place looks sick!!!
i will deff. check it out :D
Alex / February 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm
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Bought my first vintage leather jacket here almost 10 years ago. Cool place
Heather W / May 31, 2010 at 10:14 am
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Hi.

I'm looking for a plane pale yellow shift dress. With cap sleeves would be great. But sleveless is O.K. Any one seen one latley ?? Any help would be great.
Thanx HW
Ashleigh / July 31, 2010 at 04:52 am
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where is this store based?
melbourne, australia?
baglady / August 6, 2010 at 02:25 pm
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Love to see the pics. I would like to go there sometime. Can't find a nice vintage shop like this in Hamilton...
Frank replying to a comment from Ashleigh / April 27, 2011 at 08:28 am
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You can find this store down in Kensington Market in Torotno, Ontario
i love this store / May 3, 2011 at 03:57 am
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Eithne / July 9, 2011 at 07:49 pm
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awesome store .. one of my favourite places ... 14 Kensington Avenue in Kensington Market in Toronto (only a few minutes' walk from the corner of Dundas & Spadina)
Simone / September 9, 2011 at 07:44 pm
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do they sell anything with lace? or leather belts? I've looked in stores and they're kinda overpriced, 20$. Whats the environment in the store like are the employees nice?
Kimberley Marquis / January 25, 2012 at 07:39 pm
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Hi there,

I am a student at Ryerson University studying Fashion Communication. For my final Thesis I am doing a book on people who love and are obsessed with Vintage. I was wondering if I could interview you. It would be an email interview. I would need a few photos from your store that you could send me, and photos of your life that make up who you are as a person who loves vintage. If you are interested, please email me and let me know! This would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time.

Kimberley
Kimberley Marquis / January 25, 2012 at 08:02 pm
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Hi there,

I am a student at Ryerson University studying Fashion Communication. For my final Thesis I am doing a book on people who love and are obsessed with Vintage. I was wondering if I could interview you. It would be an email interview. I would need a few photos from your store that you could send me, and photos of your life that make up who you are as a person who loves vintage. If you are interested, please email me and let me know! This would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time.

Kimberley
deb / February 19, 2012 at 05:14 pm
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I have vintage clothing that I would like to sell. Do these stores in Kensignton Market buy or take on consignment? How does it work.
thanks,
Deb
Alexa D'Argenio / March 2, 2012 at 05:13 pm
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Hello,
My name is Alexa D'Argenio and I am a Producer for Cineflix Productions. We are working on a new show; created by the Producers of the hit TV shows “Canadian Pickers” and “American Pickers". This new show, tentatively titled “Top Collector” will be a competition TV show, as several teams will set out in pursuit of the BEST PICK, ultimately earning the title of Top Collector!
We are currently casting for Canadian "Picking Partners"- two people that pick together at flea markets, yard sales, barns, sheds, etc. We are looking for people that are charismatic, knowledgeable about collecting, know how to spot hidden treasures, and flip items for profit. Pickers who specialize in collecting items such as vintage toys, oil and gas memorabilia, pop culture items, cast iron, TV & movie memorabilia, and other interesting and unique items!

If there is anyone you think might be interested in entering the competition and being a part of this show, we would love to hear from them! I am also attaching a flyer that you can post on your website, Facebook page, etc. or distribute as you see fit.

For more information or to APPLY to be on the show, please email me at adargenio@cineflix.com.
Jane / January 30, 2013 at 01:41 pm
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I have in my possesion about 30 mens ties. Mostly name brand. Vintage. How do I find out their true value? Its very frustrating as I do not want to let them go for way more than their worth.
Jane / January 30, 2013 at 01:41 pm
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I meant to say way less... than their worth
blem replying to a comment from Emily / March 19, 2013 at 03:10 am
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can i see the buttons?
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There is certainly a great deal to learn about this subject.
I really like all of the points you made.

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