Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Today's Catch o' the Day: a men's winter coat from Winnipeg. Gabardine, double breasted with mouton collar, borg (faux sheepskin) lining and a buttoned half belt in back. Styled "the Stratoliner" presumably to cash in on the name value of the aircraft which went into production at Boeing in 1940.
Stetson also put out a line of hats called the Stratoliner.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
So very confused, half the blogosphere is wishing Lilly a big old Happy Birthday yesterday but wiki says her B-day is November 10. Never mind. We thrifted this one on her maybe birthday so file under possible birthday gift to me.
This Lilly will be coming to the CAFTCAD show October 23, 2010. Just in time for, uh, Florida in winter. That's it. Florida in winter.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
File under: I know but I couldn't resist. Today's thrift store purchases.
For your consideration
item#1: 1950 Decca top seller Goodnight Irene with B side Tzena Tzena, by (with top billing) Gordon Jenkins and his Orch
and then the folks that did the actual singing: The Weavers
and item #2 sings for itself.
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Friday, August 27, 2010
The fan, which I knew wasn't working, also had a massive crack in the base which I didn't see. Oh well, la de dah. La dee dah.
I did have my my pick though of the clothes though. We're almost the same size but not enough. The jacket including a beautiful but moth eaten Norfolk (which I should have taken just for the fabric), several pair of jodhpur boots, sadly not my size. A Fulbright scholar who taught at a number of institutions before settling in at U of T, he did manage to shop at the local campus shops for some great trad gear.
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Saturday, August 14, 2010
A very handsome ride indeed.
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Saturday, July 24, 2010
Today's Yard Sale Catch O' the Day: with winter just around the corner, we managed to pick up a slew of men's scarves in wool & rayon. Most were the trad patterns: paisleys, pasileys or how about some paisleys; not that I have anything against paisley (unlike Hal Rubenstein, author of Nothing Goes With Paisley) but sometimes we get something different.
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We popped in to wish Ian Drummond (the Ian Drummond Collection) felicitations on moving into his new digs out Islington Way. Ian's space is open to film & tv costumers and his incredible collection of vintage clothing is for rent only. He does sell a few times a year: at the CAFTCAD Shows, next one OCT. 23/10; and at the Christie Antique Show, coming up September 11, 2010.
Sharing this space with is Ian, is the lovely Caitlin whose The Wear & Now also rents to film and tv and has found a niche by supplying all kinds of uniforms.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Found this week, a pair of vintage Russian army goggles, should go well with a steampunk look, I think.
Other news on the horizon, we're starting to get ready for the Toronto Vintage Clothing and Textile Show at the CNIB campus on Bayview Ave in Toronto on Sat September 25, 2010
Unfortunately there's another show on that day which has very small vintage component but a large advertising budget so our show may get lost in the shuffle. Their show is all weekend, so visit us first!
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Let me clarify that title a bit. Some lowlife took mine from my bike (probably ended up at Igor's, who knows.) This one is 1920s '30 vintage I believe. It will be chained down.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I went to a funeral this morning for long time friend and laugh-meister Gerry Salsberg who first gained audience praise with Toronto's first Godspell company (along with Victor Garber, Eugene Levy & Gilda Radner) and then with Toronto's first Second City company.
On the way back I nipped in to my local thrift for a quick peek and came away with a pretty decent pair of Gucci bit loafers.
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Saturday, June 19, 2010
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Monday, June 14, 2010
Husband was a business man, wife a pediatrician, very active, lots of luggage, trunks etc and this flight bag was his from WWII, when he was a naval lieutenant. It's going to take a few trips to get all of what we bought.
I don't think any of the luggage will be for sale, we'll use it for rentals.
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Being the shoe slut that I am, a handy weapon in the arsenal for dealing with thrift store finds is a shoe stretcher which, when judiciously applied, forces the leather to be a tad more accommodating.
The marks (USMC) on this one suggest that it might have seen military service.
Stretchers are often confused with shoe & boot trees which are wooden forms inserted to help keep the shape of the boot.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Spotted at the St. Lawrence Sunday Antique Market this past Sunday, an old HBC point blanket. Using Harold Tichenor's book The Collector's Guide to Point Blankets, as a reference, the label was used "for a brief period around 1930." The blanket was in very good condition but by the end of the day still remained unsold at an asking price of $95.00.
I was selling a 1920s Trapper Point blanket from Eaton's that I had bought at the market that morning. It sold.
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Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
The ipod alarm went off at 3:00 am so I could finish loading, prep lunch (salmon patties) & mid-afternoon snacks (Niagara prosciutto & melon), and then hit the road to the Christie Conservation area about 45 min outside of town at Hwys 5 & 6.
It's the crossroads, so put on some Robert Johnson.
It was an easy drive at that hour of the morning and we took our place in the dealers' line to wait for the 5:15 a.m. lifting of the gate to allow the dealers access to the field. Fast and easy check in, found our spot and got to work. I didn't get a chance to walk around and look at other people's stuff because it took me the full three hours to get set up for the 8:00 am opening.
PZ walked around and bought a couple of things but no serious shopping.
Jeff and Wendy Gadsden, the show promoters are seasoned pros at this and the rumours were the crowds were the biggest ever, I'm guessing at 20,000-30,000 shoppers.
By 10:00 am the line-up to make the turn off into the park from HWY6 was about 45 minutes long. The crowds were steady all day long.
People seemed to be shopping because we know that the four cash machines ran out of money and had to be refilled (at least once) but they seemed to be cautious shoppers, no panic buying, people thought about stuff and came back for it after looking at the rest of the field.
A lot of customers from the late lamented Harbourfront Market stopped by, people we hadn't seen in years.
The show, for us, was successful in that I moved a lot of merch I needed to move; in other words, not a huge profit day, but a good cash flow/cost recovery day. I don't know if I have enough merch to warrant taking a spot on my own in September and then renting a vehicle to bring it all to the show. The Explorer just doesn't hold enough to justify the expense.
All in all, the weather was great, I'm so glad we had the tent, a good turnout, we brought our own food and drink and an uneventful load-up and drive home.
And then we did the Sunday Market the next day. So a 4:00 am wake up for that and...
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
And today's Catch o' the Day: a Girl Size Judy. We've had lot of Judy's & James' over the years but never a Girls'.
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