As you may have noticed I have been away for most of October this year, an exciting adventure fell into my lap and it was simply an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I spent two weeks touring Cairns, Australia! Now for those of you in Ontario like myself, you can imagine its a long haul – 4 full days of flying and transfers as you can imagine.
Once settled I realized on day one that my summer dresses suitable for Ontario were not going to cut it here due to the powerful 30+ degree sunshine as their season changes to spring. It was something I did not even consider, the fact that our temperatures (although Ontario does get up to that warm in the summer) would be a completely different type of heat. I spent a fair amount of solo exploring time on the trip, excited to see if there were any nearby local markets or thrift shops I could check out.
On my first venture out I found Vinnie’s which in Kingston is known as St. Vincent de Paul Society. Although a very small shop with the expected thrift shop scent, I did find some neat items that were priced under $6.00 with no tax. On that note, one of my favourite things about being in Cairns was not having to calculate tax on every purchase!
I popped into a local travel shop to ask about other possible shops in the area to which they responded with two. One block down was a boutique supporting individuals with disabilities called Endeavour and another a few more blocks down the street called Lifeline. I instantly fell in love with Endeavour, not only the size of the store, but the modern signage making it easy to find.
I spent most of my spending cash in this store I will admit. The prices were excellent, the clothing was unique and it was clean! Although the staff informed me that most of their product is purchased from last season’s stock from stores in Europe, the US and Canada, I was still thoroughly impressed at the variety. They had a couple racks dedicated to brand new Zara stock, priced at about a third of the retail tag.
On my first trip I picked up this navy blue lace dress. In typical Pam-fashion, I didn’t try it on in the store but man is it comfortable! What I didn’t realize about the dress, due to the lack of full length mirror in our hotel room, how short it was! But fear not, I’m on holiday and I don’t care! I wore it to one of our excursions called the Ultimate Party Bus – and no we only made it half way through before decided 10:00pm was bedtime!
The shimmery gold clutch I picked up from a cute shop named Red Ginger (and yes I wanted to buy something from them based on the name!) went perfectly with my outfit for the evening. On my last available shopping day in Cairns I popped back in to thank the ladies for having such a great shop and how I will certainly miss it when I leave. They had just put out new stock including this blue silky print top by Zara that I couldn’t pass up. It was an extra large, but I never pay attention to labels or sizes, and could wear it easily as a dress. It instantly became my favourite find of the trip. Sadly now that I’m heading into winter in Canada I won’t see much of it until the warm weather returns.