There’s this little shop up in Edmonton that I make a point of going to every time I’m up there. Part of me thinks “oh, why can’t we have a shop like this in Calgary?” which is then often followed with either “we probably do, and you are ignoring it” or “yeah, so you could go once a year like you do to Sanctuary in Edmonton?” depending on how jaded and bitter my inner monologue is feeling that day….
So, a while back I mentioned Sanctuary in a post about Steampunk Supportive Skirts – well I was going through my photos that had been downloaded off my phone (before I realized to take the film off *headdesk*) but that I hadn’t loaded up yet to this blog, and I found these photos – quick shots of their “Steampunk” displays. Goggles, respirators, medals, compasses, cameos, keys, pocket watches, telescopes, lockets, and other various icons… some of which with the whole ‘glue-a-gear’ theory of Steampunking… others a bit more creative.
Since its one of the first ‘retail’ displays I’ve seen of all the kinds of things I’ve seen on Etsy and other places online, I thought it might be interesting to show. I can’t say that anything there really caught my eye and made me want to buy it.. but still interesting. (Mind you, I do have that mini telescope already, and pocket watches, and cameos, and lockets…)
If you haven’t been to Sanctuary before, it’s mostly a goth and new-age kind of store with clothing, books, crystals, incense, jewelry, footwear, hair dye, etc. Think of it like a Hot Topic (USA) but with less emphasis on band t-shirts, or Torrid (also USA) if you were only looking to have something fit your left thigh. Their shop is WAY more interesting than their website though – the site doesn’t do the shop credit at all.
My favorite things
- hair dye (they carry stuff I haven’t found elsewhere in Canada)
- jewelry (it’s fun and unique)
- window-shopping the clothing
- physical atmosphere
My least favorite things:
- they carry VERY small sizes so the only thing I have ever bought from their clothing racks is a fishnet shirt…
- the staff tend to be rude and ignore the customers – regardless of what you look like/how you’re dressed/what size you are. It seems to be equal-opportunity rudeness
- their prices – they are sometimes silly-expensive. I’ve found identical items for half the price at other stores – but there is something to be said for not having to shop around.
- the fact that the clothing is off-limits unless you have a staff person there. A staff person who will NOT help you find sizes or ask you if you want to try something on btw – they’re apparently just there to make sure you don’t steal anything.
Sanctuary Curio Shoppe
10310 81 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 1X2