I had the wonderful pleasure of a mid-December getaway with my sweetheart to the breathtakingly beautiful Tofino, BC, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It’s basically the last stop before Japan. It was a stormy weekend, so we had rain, hail, snow, sun, wind, rainbows… and of course, the opportunity to hit the town’s only thrift shop: Castaways.
The shop is owned by an eclectic couple named John and Lise Wynne – a couple dedicated to peace-making in all areas. John looks like a salty sailor but is a friendly, reflective person who organizes a peace event on the International Day of Peace in September each year.
Lise is an exuberant, welcoming personality and an artist whose jewelry design “kelptic” arts, incorporates kelp into each piece. She’s also a bit of an herbalist – she was thrilled to learn my name as she has just discovered the healing properties of Angelica the week before and was excited to share her discoveries with us. The couple is clearly dedicated to caring for the environment and recycling, hence their thrift shop, which is their business (as opposed to a charity thrift shop.)
The shop is small and crowded – a treasure hunter’s dream. They have a good selection of used clothing and shoes, a few household items, a bit of vinyl, a large book selection and lots of interesting curios and knickknacks. Nothing is priced so it’s a bit of a surprise at the till. It was a wonderful visit on a rainy afternoon.
I picked up two books:
The Accidental Tourist, which is one of my friend’s favourite books and one I’ve never read, so I thought I’d finally commit. I also picked up Rebel without a Crew by director, Robert Rodriguez, who is one of Aaron’s favourite directors. Maybe he can pick up a few tips for his own career!
I also picked up this curiosity. The box set was complete with lengths of coloured rope and instructions on several games and tricks. It actually kept me entertained for quite a while during a stormy afternoon.
I used to play these kinds of games with my friends all the time as a kid – does anyone out there remember these?