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Thrill of the Find

Posted by Staff / Posted on September 4, 2007

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Remember that episode of Sex and the City where our heroine Ms. Carrie Bradshaw is introduced to the Vogue Accessories closet? A feeling of awe, disbelief and excitement overcome her upon her discovery of "...Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes!"

I had a similar reaction when I visited Thrill of the Find, located in the lovely brunch and shop hot-spot area of Leslieville. On the surface, this cozy vintage shop is like most: a mix of basic pieces mixed in with funky finds that have past its trend due date, available at decent prices. "We buy good pieces that are of good quality and that are not altered or damaged," says Mireille Watson who runs the shop with her son Joseph.

Soon after, Mirielle leads me into her back room, which is where she keeps her most valued treasures, mostly from her sources in Europe. This reminds of when I was led down a dark alley off Canal Street in New York, endangering myself, for knock off Gucci and Louis Vuitton accessories, a pseudo fashion drug deal.

As Carrie would say, I felt like I was in a couture candy store: Chloe, vintage Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim, Etro and Prada amongst other a-list brands and rare vintage finds are stored in the backroom for safekeeping. But if you're nice enough or ask, Mirielle will let you roam around the racks like a giddy school girl. For regular customers, she has even ordered special or popular items upon request. Watson claims that she's "not a stylist but you buy with an idea of who the clothes are going to fit."

My thrill was a 3 quarter length sleeved wool trench in bright canary yellow ($65). However, there is quite the jackpot in the accessories department: gently used Salvatore Ferragamo stilettos, funky leopard print Nine West heels, and a Hermes scarf or two. As Mirielle says, the best part about her hidden gem of a store is that "you never know what you're going to get."

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14 Comments

/ September 5, 2007 at 02:36 pm
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I love this store. Joseph, the son, was there when I was shopping one day and he kindly informed me that his mom is one of those incredible ladies who can just look at you and "know" what will work with your body type. She's that good! Now I'm just waiting for their website to go up.
Nancy / September 8, 2007 at 08:19 pm
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Since I began shopping at Thrill of the Find, my wardrobe has greatly improved. Friends and strangers comment on pieces I wear, so unique in a world of mass consumer "fashion." And Mireille does indeed have a sixth sense of what suits her customers.
Michelle / September 9, 2007 at 02:19 pm
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The Thrill is well-named! There is an excitement among certain of my most stylish friends when it is known that new things are coming in from Mirielle's contacts in France and Montreal...(I know one pair of friends who wear the same size are vying to reach the store first on arrival day!)
Barbara / September 12, 2007 at 02:43 pm
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I know next to nothing about designers, but a friend of mine from Vancouver has fashion on the brain, so I took her to Thrill of the Find, a vintage clothing store in my neighbourhood. All I can say is, boy was she thrilled! The proprietor, Mireille, has lots of connections in Montreal and my friend was able to pick up a couple of funky designer pieces for a very good price. She said she can't wait to visit again. (I'm just not sure whether she means she me or the store!)
Nardina / September 13, 2007 at 04:55 pm
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Mireille and Joseph Watson have impeccable taste for fashion style and accessories--like mother, like son!
Kathleen / October 5, 2008 at 04:08 pm
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An absolute treasure! Stop by often as "Thrills" come in all the time. Mireille has impeccable taste, and there's no pressure. Outstanding condition, nothing sad, musty, or stained.
Rachel / April 15, 2009 at 07:17 pm
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Hi! I was wondering if there was a good collection of gowns or cocktail dresses at the store!

Thanks!
replying to a comment from Rachel / April 26, 2009 at 04:15 pm
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Yes there is. What sizes?............Mireille
Rachel replying to a comment from / April 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm
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I'm not sure what range of sizes there is at the store, but on average I am about a 4, sometimes a 2.

Thanks
Marie / October 19, 2009 at 07:58 pm
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I was just wondering about the price range, if anyone familiar with this store can help. Thanks.
Mireille replying to a comment from Marie / November 21, 2009 at 05:00 pm
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I am the owner and the price range is anything from $30 to $895 for a designer (french) designer gown......Mireille

Look at the website www.thrillofthefind.com
Stephanie replying to a comment from Mireille / April 2, 2010 at 09:01 pm
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Hi, I'm looking for a unique and fancy gown for my prom. I have been shopping almost everywhere, and I have been mostly disappointed with my bad luck. I was wondering if Thrill of the Find had a selection of gowns at affordable prices?
Nirmal / August 21, 2010 at 03:14 am
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We are supplier of all kinds of knitted and woven garments. we wish to be a vendor for this prestegeous store. so pls advice contact details (email ids or skype id). thanks
Rhiannon / April 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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Mireille picked out a dress for me from the back room... I tried it on and it fit me like a glove.

This was pretty unusual because I don't have a common figure. I do not know how she did it, but it was awesome.

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