Grand Bend, ON
About this photo: We're winding down our "vibrancy" theme with one last pic. It's not too late to share your own: Just click here. Our next theme will be "Shopping" and will launch tonight at 7:00 Eastern.They're cheap, cheesy and oh so kitschy. Everything on sale on the sidewalk of the main drag through this lakeside tourist town seems to scream immediate, almost-disposable gratification.
Purists may hold their noses up, of course. But when you're headed to the beach and need a towel, a few toys and some eye protection you don't want to worry about, you're almost thankful for the few dozen opportunistic vendors who've set up shop here.
Summer selling season is an all-too-brief blink of time for these people, and they either sell what they've got when the warm sun shines or risk spending a very cold winter by a very cold lake. I quietly hope their sales are as hot as the pavement below before I turn for the lake and head back to my family.
Your turn: Who wears these? Why?