Thursday, December 20, 2012


The surprise greatest seller of the holidays, the Palmistry Chart has almost sold out! Last one, $8

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

She wants you to buy these for her:

Gold and seed pearl lockets $150
I PROMISE if you show up with estate jewellery on Christmas morning, she will love you forever (and ever)

Friday, December 14, 2012

For The Kids

Or for awesome adults.  Remember these?!
Early 80s kids' puzzles fitted out with strong magnetic backing. $25 per set.

NEW Candles! Cherry Coke Ones!

Soy Candles $22
This maple syrup candle is burning in the shop right now and it smells so good that I'm contemplating blowing it out because I'm getting sick of everyone walking in and saying 'oh my god it smells so good in here'. Actually.
Earl Grey Tea with a pinch of lemon verbena
Yes, I'm serious cherry cola.
 Tobacco with a little cherry. The candles are 100% soy wax with an organic cotton wick and are just lightly fragranced and made by yours truly, right here in Toronto.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Skeleton Key Necklaces

Bad ass skeleton key necklaces on a nice long brass chain $25


HEY! If you spend $50 at the shop before Christmas we'll give you a $5 gift card for Crema (the best coffee in the Junction). Crema sells everything you need to set up a sweet pour over station at home, awesome almond croissants, and the espresso is so good there is no need to add sugar to your drinks. You're welcome.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Beautiful new Christmas cards have been screenprinted by hand pour vous! We have many lovely designs for all card-worthy occasions.

Stuff A Stocking At R&E: Hers

MOR soaps (smell like heaven) $23, white squirrel nodder holding golden acorn $14, trillium pin $3, hand screenprinted Moleskine notebook $10, tiny lucky horseshoe jar $9, MOR lip balms (also smell like heaven) $13, mountable metal initials (small) $5, tiny functional tool necklaces (we also have tiny pocket knives, hatchets, screwdrivers and more!) $20.

Stuff A Stocking At R&E: His

Mountable metal initials (large) $8, red Christmas edition wiener dog nodder (head AND tail nodding action!) $14, Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap $5, hand screen printed Moleskine notebook $10, sweet Swedish matches $4, The Native Trees Of Canada book of paintings by Leanne Shapton $19.95, handmade vintage fabric handkerchiefs (small) $8.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Trees & Wiener Dogs

It's officially acceptable to start the countdown til Christmas. What better way to kick off December, then to decorate our tree.

The German animal nodders have finally arrived and they are pretty sweet. Stop by the shop to pick up your squirrel or wiener dog before they're gone!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Me in plastic pants

This is what people search for to get to the Russet & Empire website:


 German animal nodders are whizzing through the post on their way to the shop! We've been waiting since SEPTEMBER for these little white squirrels and wiener dogs! We'll be posting photos as soon as we unwrap them.

Friday, November 23, 2012

This was on my desk when I got to work this morning.

Canada Stuff

 First order of biz- go get a copy of this week's the Grid and check out the sweet hoser party. It's legit!
 Second order- new books, all of them about Canadian stuff. The Native Trees of Canada was a super hot seller so we got a nice big shipment of them because if you don't buy this for someone for Christmas you're an a-hole who doesn't appreciate your friend's fine taste this holiday season.

All joking aside, Leanne Sharpton's water colour paintings of the different species of trees are genuinely  beautiful. 
Then there is this book. It's made for Americans and faaaascinating. Did you know that the handles on Canadian beer cases are big enough to fit your hands with mittens on?  
Want more ?! Ok here is a joke-

What do Canadians drink when they're not drinking beer?

Drink whiskey! (then it goes on to actually give you a lesson about the difference between rye and whiskey)

In conclusion this book's got it all. And it's 12 bucks.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Thank you SO much to Phillipa C, SNACKS and Indie Alehouse for one hell of a good time (and a frigging brutal hangover).  Get your hoser holiday cards HERE 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hoser Party = Epic Hangover..

Who would have thought?
Hoser Holiday Postcards by Phillipa C (not crummy instagram drunk shots will be available HERE)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hoser Party Prep

 *phillipa wouldn't let me buy this :(
 Hoser essentials
 Hosehead w earmuffs

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hoser Party TOMORROW!

Here is the official facebook invite (yeah yeah) come and eat peameal sandwiches on OMG milk buns with canadian cheddar + maple mustard made by SNACKS, beer by Indie Alehouse and the piece de resistance,  a Christmas card photo booth by Phillipa C that is a combination of dad's basement and set of the great white north.

We'll post the pictures up on the blog for you to download and print and send to your friends and family and probably work colleagues too!  See you tomorrow night, bring your hoser clothes, smokes, and we will provide the rest! See you at 7! And just for good measure...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Great Hall x Junction Flea Tomorrow!

Russet and Empire will be closing at 4 today so we can go set up and make sure tomorrow isn't a total clusterfuck. See you then!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hoser Holiday Kickoff Part(a)y!

So guys... I know I've dropped the ball over the summer but The Junction Flea was just a little baby that needed my attention, don't be jealz. Now that the Flea is up and running I'm going to be spending some more time around these parts. And what better way to do that than throw a kickass Hoser themed Holiday Kickoff Party? Phillipa C Photography, and Russet and Empire will be setting up a holiday postcard photo booth for everyone to pose in and download in time to send out to all of your family and friends who will be insanely jealous/think you are so cool/hilarious!  Hoser treats by SNACKS; Creative,  and the Indie Alehouse to keep your spirits bright (think house cured peameal bacon and beer, the national dish of Canada). November 15th, be there or be square !

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Call me crazy...

But I probably won't be including this in my next book order. I wish the cover photo was available though, I have to admit. Christmas ordering is hard guys!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mark your calendars!

NOVEMBER 15TH! Special collaboration/Mega Party at Russet & Empire! With Indie Alehouse! Snacks! Phillipa C Photography! STAY TUNED!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

New totes available at the Junction Flea tomorrow!

 Professional heat press station!
 Turquoise glow in the effing dark R&E totes!

All totes eight clams! That means $8! Mad dealz!

Friday, September 28, 2012

*xxx Photos from the Lovebooth xxx*

 After a few weeks of waiting and hours and hours of matching up hundreds photos and licking hundreds of stamps. The Lovebooth photos, as well as their accompanying love letters from the Junction Design Crawl have been delivered. Thank you to everyone who came out, and biggest thank you of all to Phillipa C for packing and posting everything.

I know, I have the prettiest friends that ever walked the face of the earth. None of them are single, so don't ask. Although I'm not sure about the girls at the top from Bicyclette...
Picture of me working it by Juli from Mjolk