Fashion Santa


Meet the Newer, Cooler, Hipster-ier Santa Claus

Yorkdale Mall in Toronto has given Santa a modern-day makeover, much to the delight of the Internet and people who really like Instagram everywhere.

For the past two years the Yorkdale mall in Toronto has hired gray-bearded model Paul Mason to play the part of Fashion Santa. Instead of the traditional velvet costume Mason gets dressed in clothes from the mall’s high-end stores and takes selfies with shoppers.

Us Filthy gals totally appreciate how clever this whole thing is.  Have you run into Fashion Santa?  If so, please let us know in the comments below!

Xmas Marketplace

UPDATE: Thanks to those that ventured out to support your local Etsy shops this weekend. It’s always so nice meeting the vintage lovers, finding unique goodies and being part of the Toronto Etsy Team community.


banner-01 (1)We are pleased to announce that Filthy Rebena will be a vendor at the annual Etsy Christmas Marketplace.  We will have a selection of cozy knits, glamours fur coats and party-pretty separates that will see you twinkle through the holiday season.  We will also bring a few of Rebena’s exclusive bunting flags made from vintage wrapping paper.
Saturday December 12
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields
103 Bellevue Ave at College St
Kensington Market

The show will also feature a juried group of handmade and other vintage vendors.  Expect workshops, music, treats, swag-bags and a visit from Santa himself.  Let us know in the comments below if you plan on visiting Filthy Rebena at the Etsy Christmas Market.  Ho-ho-hope to see you there!


Thrifty Toronto


Brookfield Place hosts the World Press Photo Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Brookfield Place.

Some autumn standbys are too appealing to miss: Apple picking, harvest fairs, corn mazes and, of course, strolls through the fiery fall foliage. But the season also offers an array of unusual (and inexpensive) suspects in and around Toronto, from a vintage fashion foray and all-night arts extravaganza to “haunted” hikes and craft-beer crawls. So whether your autumnal tastes are conventional or cutting-edge, there’s sure to be something thrifty for you on this list.

Live hockey at Maple Leaf Gardens
Are you old enough to miss the days of $12 tickets for games at Maple Leaf Gardens? You certainly won’t find that kind of pricing at the Air Canada Centre — try adding at least one zero — but it’s still available at Ryerson Rams home games. The men’s and women’s teams take on Canadian Interuniversity Sport rivals throughout the fall in the Mattamy Athletic Centre, located inside the refurbished Maple Leaf Gardens. To put that in perspective, adult admission costs the same as a beer, give or take, at the ACC.

Craft Beer Passport
Speaking of beer, Ontario produces an impressive array of craft brews, and the $20 Craft Beer Passport lets you sample dozens of them at 20 taverns across town. A menu of three beers is available at each stop, with 12-ounce servings costing a paltry toonie (some bars will let you upgrade to a pint for $1.50 more). Your passport will get stamped at each stop, so you’d better get crawling: The current round of passports expires November 30.

Country studio tours
Free art crawls of a more pastoral nature take place across the countryside surrounding the GTA in fall. There’s the Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour, which features more than 30 artists in 19 locations across Simcoe County from October 9 to 12. The Guelph Studio Tour highlights 42 artists and artisans from October 16 to 18, while the more compact Dundas Studio Tour covers 29 artists at six locations on October 3 and 4.
Simcoe Tour Website
Dundas Tour Website
Guelph Tour Website

For something more urban, these free guided walking tours of downtown Toronto’s historic neighbourhoods are hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum’s Department of Museum Volunteers. Sunday afternoon outings this fall cover the old Town of York (October 4) and the judicial, administrative and commercial heart of the city that’s bounded by Yonge, University, Dundas and Queen streets (October 11). A wider range of walks are available to ROM members.
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World Press Photo
The jaw-dropping Brookfield Place atrium alone is worth the (non-existent) price of admission. But from September 30 to October 20, this stunning annual exhibit of photojournalism — sourced from submissions to the largest photography press contest in the world — makes “free” seem like even better value.

Vintage Crawl Toronto
From Little Portugal to the Garden District, more than 40 of the city’s vintage fashion vendors will keep their doors open until 11 p.m. on October 8, with free wine and snacks on hand and rocking tunes keeping the shopping (or browsing) sprees lively.  Catch Filthy Rebena at the Yukon Bar!
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Camper Halloween
Can’t wait for October 31? Do you miss summer camping? Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 30 minutes west down the QEW, is offering some spooky outdoor fun on the two weekends before Halloween. Saturday activities include a campsite decorating contest followed by a “haunted” evening hike and tent-to-tent trick or treating.

Art at the Harbourfront Centre
If you’re looking for a reason to check out the revamped Queens Quay waterfront, look no further than the Harbourfront Centre’s free fall art exhibitions. Five new displays embrace a culinary theme, with 27 artists using visual arts, photography, and craft and design to explore our relationship with food in all its complexity.
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VTCO Fall 2015

The VCTO Fall 2015 returns on Thursday, October 8th 2015 from 5:00 – 11:00 PM!  We are super stoked to be participating again as it has been one of our favorite events.  If you are unfamiliar with the VCTO, let us Filthy gals getcha up to date on this awesome event.

The VCTO is an acronym for Vintage Crawl Toronto Ontario.  The vintage crawl happens twice a year, each Spring and Fall, and helps connect shoppers to the stores and small business owners in their neighbourhoods.  For the event, stores on the crawl stay open very late and host special sales, events and attractions to lend the night a fun, party atmosphere. Each store is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Crawlers are invited to pick a neighbourhood and hit as many or as few stores as they please over the course of the evening.  You never know what you’ll find during VCTO, so start your night early and stay up late!

The VCTO helps connect shoppers to the stores and small business owners in their neighbourhoods, breeding a sense of community within the larger city as well as helping consumers find a fun way to reduce, reuse and recycle. VCTO believes shopping local has a strong positive impact on our communities and shopping vintage a fun, stylish way to keep used garments in circulation.

Filthy Rebena will be selling at The Yukon Bar in Parkdale – which is honestly one of our favorite watering holes.


The Yukon Bar | 1592 Queen Street West | Toronto, ON | M6R 1A8

So come on out to the Vintage Crawl dear night owls!  Filthy will be selling our vintage outerwear, furs, knits and boots.  If you’re looking for a list of participating vendors and stores, be sure to peek the VCTO website.

What will you be saving your pennies for at the VCTO this year?  Let us know in the comments below!