Nope. Absolutely not. Actually, scratch that: the only thing more fun than shopping for vintage clothes is probably shopping for vintage accessories, furniture, decor items, vinyls, and, well... vintage everything, TBH.
Called the Vintage Bazaar Montreal, and taking place at the St-Jean-Berchmans Church (5945 Rue Cartier), this sale is going to feature vintage clothes, collectables, accessories, jewlery, books, toys, and much more!
"Overall, the City of Montreal saw 990 $1 million–plus residential real estate transactions," including condos, attached and single-family homes, "in the first half of 2021, an increase of 112% from the same period in 2020," the report states.
Though sales in $2 to $4 million homes in Montreal rose by 138%, sales in $1 to $2 million homes made up the largest share of sales overall, with 807 Montreal properties sold in the first half of 2021, Sotheby's says.
Sales in properties over $4 million more than doubled between 2020 and 2021 — just six were sold in the first half of 2020, compared to the 14 properties sold in the same period in 2021.
The report said that according to the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers, on average, selling a residential property in Montreal during the first quarter of 2021 took approximately 44 days, compared to the 68 it took to sell a home less than a year prior.
Women make up over half of the Canadian population, but when it comes to owning a business, they're seriously underrepresented — less than 16% of entrepreneurs in Canada are women.
When women do take on leadership positions, they become role models for young girls and pave the way for pay equality.
Women-led businesses also create new jobs four times faster than the national average and create companies at double the national average, so why do they account for so little of Canadian entrepreneurs?
Typically cited reasons for the gender gap range from differences in work experience to unconscious gender bias, but equal participation of women in the economy remains one of the most important issues of our time.
That's why YES Employment + Entrepreneurship is advancing women's economic empowerment with programs and courses designed to help women build their network, gain access to mentors and play a leadership role within Canada's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
If you own a women-led startup in Montreal, these services by YES are a great place to start if you're looking for support, training, funding and — ultimately — success.
From weekly one-on-one meetings with a dedicated ELLEvate Business Coach, access to legal and accounting information, funding (up to $10,000!), awards and everything in between, this program is there to help you succeed.
Just take a look at previous winners, Julie Tzeng, Marlee Rabin and Aliyeh Rasooli zadeh, who all achieved greater success both during and after the program.
Julie (pictured below, left), the founder of Arshae, a stylish and sustainably sourced shoe company, was the first-place $10,000 winner of the program's competition and was able to secure a partnership with École de Technologie Supérieure.
In the same year, Marlee (pictured below, right) also won $2,500 as part of the ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator.
Aliyeh, the founder of Triple F Group, won $7,500 as the pre-accelerator's second-place winner and $25,000 from Entreprendre Ici. She was also a finalist in the Scotia Bank Women’s Initiative Competition.
If you're looking to start your own business, or are already there but in need of guidance, ELLEvate also provides women with specialized online workshops.
For $10 per workshop, you can get strategies to find opportunities, overcome challenges and make your mark.
Designed and influenced by Quebec-based women entrepreneurs for women entrepreneurs just like you, ELLEvate's e-learning courses cover everything you need to know about sales and funding.
Learn about the different sales processes and techniques to increase customers and sales, and discover what funding sources are most suitable for your business' needs.
If you're interested in signing up, stay tuned. These courses will be launching at the end of March. You can visit the ELLEvate website for more information.
If you're a Montreal-based, women-led startup looking to delve deeper into the startup ecosystem and gain mentorship and funding throughout the process, ELLEvate might just be the perfect place to start.
Entrepreneurs like Andrea Bomo, health coach and business owner; Samantha Bateman, founder of Integria Consulting; and Taïna Chalifoux, Montreal's "Coffee Queen" (pictured below), agree ELLEvate would have made a huge difference to them when starting their businesses.
If you’re curious about some of the women taking their businesses to the next level with the help of ELLEvate, check out the #TogetherWeELLEvate campaign on social media.
Price: Prices vary depending on the course or program selected.
Why You Need To Participate: Whether you run a women-led startup, you have a business idea or you're looking to learn more about the world of entrepreneurship, ELLEvate will provide you with the tools needed to hit the ground running.
The median price for single-family homes in Montreal soared 28% from February last year to $460,000, "$100,000 more than just 12 months ago," according to a report from the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers.
Prices rose despite a sales slump, says the report.
Contracts were signed for 5,106 properties, representing the slowest February since 2015 and a 3% decrease over the 5,290 sold in February 2020.
Though the Island of Montreal did well, experiencing a 6% increase in sales thanks to a strong condo market, according to the report, there were huge decreases in the suburbs, such as Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, which saw a 32 percent drop in the same one-year period.
Other slowing property markets included Laval (a 14% drop), Vaudreuil-Soulanges (10%), the South Shore (8%) and the North Shore (3%).
Why is this happening?
Charles Brant, director of market analysis at the QPAREB, blamed "skyrocketing" prices and scarcer listings in the single-family home market, which reported a 14% drop in sales.
"Condominium sales compensated for the decrease in single-family home sales in February," he said in a statement.
"The drop in inventory of properties for sale and the skyrocketing prices of single-family homes partly explain the increase in condominium and plex transactions."
The median price for condominiums was $340,000, a 24% increase from February 2020, while plexes posted a smaller increase of 9% to $650,000.
"With market conditions still very much to the advantage of sellers, median prices continue to accelerate dramatically against a backdrop of overbidding," reads the report.