Tuesday, June 21, 2011


The Government Street Market's move from a closed road to Centennial Square gives more space to weekend wanderers for treasure hunting.
There are plenty of local fashion gems to discover at what's now called Sunday Market in the Square, as well as the addition of farmers' food stands, seating and a performance stage. Kids dance in tie-dye, teens browse the pipe tables, foodies line up for B-Red donuts and samplings from the Salt Spring Island Cheese Company. It is Victoria at its summer Sunday best.
Among the local fashion designers and sellers, you might find antique Pathan tribal jewelry from Afghanistan, or authentic Venetian masks by Gianfranco Zanardo.
Honor Cieska is a Victoria silversmith and designer whose shadow box pendants make for a stylish and thoughtful keepsake. Cieska makes the metal boxes that hold interchangeable glass plates printed with designs and photos. Some of the photos include scenes from Hornby Island, cherry blossoms, Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road and trees on Moss Street. Each pendant comes with three inserts for $65 (bronze) and $85 (silver). Additional slides are $10 each. Check them out at www.2birds.ca.
One new trend is feather hair extensions. Sasha Staples clasps long, thin rooster feathers into hair with a crimp bead that lasts for up to a month - even with washing. Each extension costs $20. The extensions follow suit with Staples' avian-theme accessory line Pennylane Jewelry. She makes earrings and pendants with owl feathers, among other trinkets, and wraps wire nest earrings.
Other highlights from the market include the always well-crafted and beautiful clothing by Loden, specifically their printed cardigans and jackets, as well as Ellen Box's Bonspiel line - which includes a bag designed for the market shopper, a '50s-inspired floral house-dress, versatile tunic and sundresses in sizes small to extralarge.
One of the most popular racks at the market was at the Om fair-trade clothing table, where all the selected items were priced at $15.