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Celebrating 10 years in beautiful Lyndhurst!

Celebrating 10 years in beautiful Lyndhurst!

Owners Terri and Peter Dawson speak fondly of their century home and storefront. The front of the building shows off the historic gingerbread woodwork. A comfortable mix of international market one-of-a kind finds and local artisan creations is nestled on the shelves at The Green Gecko. Situated in an historic house on the main street in Lyndhurst, Ontario the Green Gecko has literally breathed new life into the downtown core of the village.Opened in 2005 and now celebrating its 10th year, The Green Gecko has become a fixture on the small business scene. Customers drive to Lyndhurst from urban centres...

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Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun

  Many of the bags and purses I carry in the Green Gecko come from this family-owned business in Bangkok.  They have a row of stalls at the market that are always packed with everything from beautiful silk bags to cute owl backpacks.  It's a bit comedic to work with them. Our encounters always follow the same format.  I start by checking out all the options, colours, styles etc. The gentleman in the picture (the husband) follows me around, smiling all the time and nodding in this cute attentive way. There's always lots of choice. I start with the styles...

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Perks & Pains

Perks & Pains

I admit it. It's stereotypical. I'm a woman and I love to shop for clothes!In my last post I wrote about shopping at Chatuchuk Market in Bangkok.  For clothes, I visit another market which sells only wholesale clothing.  It's housed in a 6 story building and you'll find everything from t-shirts with knock-off logos to Thai silk suits.It takes countless days to navigate all of the alleys and see what is available. You can't start out too late, most stalls are open approx. 3am-3pm.  Vendors who sell in other markets and centres come here to buy clothing in the early morning...

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Shop Till You Drop!

Shop Till You Drop!

I will likely post more than once about shopping. I spend a lot of time here doing it.  Buying special, unique items for the Green Gecko is how I finance my love for travel.  For many people shopping is fun.  And it is for me too.  But there is always an element of work.  It is my job to get a good price for a valuable product that customers at home will want. It's a much different mind set than browsing around looking for that new pair of shoes that catches your eye.I spend a lot of time in local markets....

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