The CaftCad Movie Wardrobe Sale is always a blast. The trick is you need to get their nice and early, come with small bills in hand, be ready to bargain and watch your hard earned wage just disappear. But it’s all in good fun and there are deals to be had.
CAFTCAD began from a collective desire to bring together costume professionals from all corners of the industry, regardless of union affiliation. Twice a year these lovely folks sell their frocks and baubles from industry events to the public at amazing pricing.
Housed in a Toronto’s Pinewood Studios warehouse, a good 35 vendors hawk their gear for bargain basement prices. Primarily film, commercial and video stylists, young designers and small boutique owners sell off one of a kind, samples and gently used clothes, accessories, shoes, bags etc. for one day in the Spring (and one day in the Fall). Be ready to have a root around like a rummage sale.
My favourite vendors are Aaron H., Loretta Chin and Joanna Syrokomla. Their prices always seem to be very close to what I can afford and the quality and uniqueness of their pieces seems to shine out from the rest. But don’t get me wrong the other vendors are pretty styling as well.
This year I spent $80 and managed to pick up a bunch of cardis between $2 and $5 each, a tote bag for $2, some black flats between $5 and $10 each and some blouses. Well worth the 7:45 a.m. train journey to east Toronto for a 9 a.m. start.
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