My Visit to Not Too Shabby Boutique

I love finding local businesses that have unique home accessories and vintage furniture.


Lisa from Suburban Retreat posted about a store in downtown Brampton, Ontario, that had an adorable boutique called Not Too Shabby. I made plans and stopped by for a visit today. Am I ever glad that I did.

The window displays alone are worth the drive and the owner greeted me at the door with a friendly hello.

Gorgeous colours and vintage loveliness throughout the shop. I love that so many of the items have been given a new life. Perfect earth friendly shopping!

The owner has created and collected some lovely pieces and they are reasonably priced. There were so many interesting pieces, and I took my time, making several trips around the store. I purchased an antique washboard to go with two others I have. The metal with the worn wood is just perfect.

After my package was wrapped, I was heading out the door when I spotted the ladder. I had walked by it twice, admired the vintage linens on it, but didn't truly notice it until I was on my way out the door. So perfect a colour, with the most wonderful patina, I had to buy it. I have been trying to find a ladder at yard sales with no luck and this one came painted the perfect colour for our home.

So far today I have placed the ladder in our dining room, family room and it is now in our living room. I may hang some throws and quilts on it. One of those great pieces that can be used in so many places.

I love the chippiness and the colour goes so well in our home.

I will definitely be making another trip to Not Too Shabby before too long. There are several pieces that I could easily find a place for.

Not Too Shabby is located in downtown Brampton. In winter be sure to bring your skates as only one block away is the quaint Gage Park with an outdoor skating surface that meanders through the park. Any time of the year, Not Too Shabby is located in front of the new and gorgeous Rose Theatre. We were fortunate to attend two quality performances there this year. Directly outside the back door of the shop, and in front of the Rose Theatre, is a vintage carousel. The downtown area has many festivals and events, including a Farmer's Market from June to Fall. If you are in the area, I hope you get a chance to visit
Not Too Shabby
46 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
L6V 1N6
(289) 752-7911
Email: info@nottooshabbyboutique.com


  1. Oooh. I definitely have to make it there! A friend of mine who lives downtown was telling me about it. I was actually going to suggest it as a fun meeting spot! It does look like it might be a little dangerous on my wallet though. I want everything!

  2. That does look like a great find Elizabeth. I do think we should meet up there next time. I love your new ladder and washboard.

  3. Hi Elizabeth ~ I am so excited that you visited the store today! Isn't the owner a fabulous young woman? I so admire what she's doing and hope she enjoys great success! LOVE your purchases and the ladder looks fabulous in your home! I can tell you've had fun dressing it! It's one of those pieces where you can keep changing the look ... so versatile! Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

  4. Looks like a fun place to shop! I had to giggle at how many rooms you tried to make a home for your ladder. I do that too. It a charming little piece. Thanks for sharing your visit. I love shops like that.

    Take care,
    ~Michelle :)

  5. Oh my goodness, you and Lisa are killing me! In a good way! ; ) I need to visit here, soon!

  6. Sounds like a place I shouldnt go with my checkbook lol. I like the little turquoise bench.

  7. I have a latter like that .. sometimes I use it in my diningroom as a plant stand. Pretty.
    I love the looks of that shop ~ I know that you found some great inspiration.

  8. Elizabeth - I'm jealous - I LOVE finding shops like that one! How fun for you. (They help bring out my creativity.)
    Have a nice day!

  9. OH!
    I wish I lived closer!
    That turned post bench/bed in the third picture is mahvehlously gorgeous!
    Your finds are perfect for your home!
    I would have scooped up that ladder, too!!
    Glad you had fun and I do I do I do wish I lived closer-but thank you for showing us bits of your excursion!

  10. Love that ladder, what a great find. I'll have to venture down to Brampton sometime and check out this little place. Thanks for the details.

  11. I LOVE that ladder! What a find. So glad you stopped by my Red Farmhouse. Your blog is great! Now we are following each other. :)


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