(Photos: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
BY KELLY ROCHE
Teagen Dominato was obsessed with thrifting long before it became cool.
“When we were kids, we would go to Goodwill, even when it was embarrassing,” said Dominato, 27.
Thanks to her mother’s appetite for second-hand items, “it pains me to buy retail.”
Unless it’s at Lakeshore Superette.
Dominato opened the boutique in Port Credit four weeks ago; the OCAD graduate (she studied material art and design) left Toronto for Mississauga, where she now lives.
Selling clothing, accessories, and assorted impulse buys, “I’m trying to keep it Canadian,” Dominato said, featuring handbags by Montreal label Matt & Nat.
Three out of four clothing racks – built by her father – house second-hand finds.
There’s a Missoni cardigan she picked up for $1. Dominato is selling it for more, but says customers are advising the vintage items are seriously underpriced.
An Escada blazer, also a $1 score, is long gone. It went for a fair deal.
“I try to keep the second-hand stuff on a more reasonable scale,” said Dominato.
Clothes aren’t the only items with a new life.
A wooden sign along the back wall is made from an old toboggan, while a dollhouse near the front window displays candles.
“We found this at a church bazaar,” said Dominato.
Much like her inventory, “most of it is just, kind of, found.”