Nifty for Fifty , the annual sale that offers up local fashion designs for 50 bucks or less, is set to go this Sunday (April 14) from 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Heritage Hall.
Empty your piggie bank and hit the ATM: most of the indie designers here only take cash.
Organized by Melissa Ferreira, whose own bright, upcycled Adhesif Designs will be on hand, the event draws up to 3,000 indie-fashion fans each spring. It's celebrating its 12th year, featuring 31 vendors of jewellery, apparel, and even pottery and handbound notebooks.
Highlights include the beautifully bohemian jewellery crafted by Victoria's Shi Studio, which is working with leather, brass, silver, and brocade this season; the rainbow colours of Bronsino's bags and obi belts made from salvaged or new leather; and the NOMAD by Elroy beach wraps and kimonos that local designer Leanne McElroy handsews from the rich fabrics she finds on her wide travels to places like Indonesia and Ecuador.
New talents on the roster for 2019 include Amara Blue Jewelry (delicate and fine jewelry); Ebb and Flo Designs (hand dyed textiles and beach glass jewelry); Elle and Zeine Designs (gemstone jewelry); Glasea (glass jewellery); Lana Betty (geometric contemporary Jewelry); MysGreen (reusable pouches) Nostalgic Links (cufflinks); and Revol Girl (period-proof underwear).
Returning designers span Adhesif Clothing; Allison Wonderland; Birch Street Studio; Bitter Melon Bindery; Bronsino; Dahlia Drive; Daub + Design; Devi Arts Collective; Dig It Vintage; Irit Sorkin Designs; Luli Designs; Make More Happy; Nomad by Elroy; Piton Pottery; Sarah Mulder Jewelry; Slate Jewelry; Shi Studio; Sinbi Collection; Street Cat Designs; the Hive Printing; and Wallis Evera.
Mixers & Elixirs be serving nonalcoholic beverages made from homemade seasonal shrubs.