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Rachel Sheehan in Dundas and Ossington

Where did you grow up?

I grew up just outside of the city in Scarborough.

What do you do for a living?

I own Penny Arcade, a vintage boutique at Dundas and Ossington. We carry a curated selection of vintage for women and men, as well as several local lines: Filly and Foal, Snacks, Province Apothecary, Bully Boy Lingerie and Minnow Bathers.

How did you get started?

When I was 13, every Friday I’d get my allowance and take the subway to Goodwill Buy the Pound when it was at Jarvis and Adelaide. I would spend hours thrifting, looking for vintage pieces and things my mom and I could alter. I went to a Catholic high school where we had to wear oppressive uniforms, so I was obsessed with what I got to wear after 3:30. I started an eBay business in my early twenties to deal with my obsession, haha. I opened Penny Arcade in 2009 with the encouragement of my family and friends.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

That many of my dearest friends live in it.

What’s the last treasure you found?

This week: a 70′s Black Sabbath t-shirt, the softest black leather motorcycle jacket, and a 70′s Diane Von Furstenberg dress with a great print. It was a good week.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

A potluck barbeque on my best friend Vanessa’s patio with all our friends! Burgers, roasted vegetables, salads and corn. After, beer pong all night. I miss summer.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

I’d have a sleepover with Patti Smith. I’m going to see her soon…..maybe I’ll throw a paper airplane invite on stage. We’d drink wine, play records, dance, and talk until the small hours.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

“Malibu” by Hole.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

We need to take a cue from Amsterdam and put in more bike lanes. Not remove them. I was there two years ago and it really put things into perspective.

Visit Penny Arcade at 1177 Dundas St. West.

© 2012 Arden Wray