Feb 262014
 

A few months back I posted about my addiction to on-line Estate Sales.  Recently I vowed to myself I would NOT BID on anything until I clear out much of what I  have.  But OMG, I don’t seem to be able to control it!  Is this an indication of some sort of disorder?  I fear it may be!  Regardless, I bid and acquired 8 side / occasional tables for $160.  Hmmm…. $20 per table may not be profitable in the end but, ah they were so sweet! 

When I look in the garage and my workshop, I think I should change my name to “Side Table Joanie”!!  I have far too many side table / bed side tables to work on!!  I fear I am a hoarder of sorts but according to the MAYO Clinic, I am not!  Apparently, I am more of a collector

It’s important to note that hoarding is different from collecting. People who have collections, such as stamps or model cars, deliberately search out specific items for their collections. Collectors often categorize their items and carefully display them. Hoarders, on the other hand, will save random items they encounter in their daily life and store them haphazardly in their homes or surrounding areas.
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Well that’s good news!  Back to my latest stash….

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Most of what I acquired this past weekend is very much the Bombay Company style and some pieces are from there.  The previous owners obviously liked the look.  Everything needs attention of some sort.  Maybe not the best bargain but they all have great  potential!

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Four tables: 2 matching pie crust, one drum and one shelved.

The two pie crust tables and the shelved table are from Bombay Company.  Their furniture seems to hold some of its value due to their practical size and classic style.  Still, don’t people get bored of mahogany?  I do.  So maybe a mix of wood and paint.  We’ll see.

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Half Moon Console table.  I love these tables.

This is another piece from the Bombay Company.  These demi-lune tables are so classic and practical.  Lots of potential to add some real interest to an entrance or hall.  It could even be a small desk … a laptop station.

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Three Tables:  Marble topped pedestal,
tiny with a tray pull out
and a vintage open shelf with drawer.

The marble topped table has some faint stains.  I am currently trying a technique to remove them.  I will post my success or failure at a later date.  It is a very study table and I think cleaning up the marble and painting the base will make it very special.  The square table is teeny tiny!  It is very Bombay Company-ish.  It has a little tray that pulls our for drinks or in these days, a smartphone LOL.   The side table is quite interesting too, with the open part at the top and the drawer at the bottom.  I love the fret work at the back of the top.

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Do you think this was a good haul for $160? 

Was I compulsive or smart to snatch them up? 
I would love to hear what you think? 

Regardless, they all have great possibilities and this is a HOBBY / business so …

Can I make them

Nicer Than New?

I think so!

Joan

Feb 092014
 

A few weeks back, I posted a “Chess Anyone” table makeover where I took an odd sized table and turned it into a games table. 

This is the “before” picture:

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See anything interesting?

The round table in the middle was the table I made into a game table. 
Now I want you to take a very close look at this picture. 
Does anything immediately jump out at you as being interesting? 
Come on!  Seriously… be honest!

Well, when I published this post, my niece Sheilagh, a certified interior designer and amazing quilter, emailed me within minutes

All Sheilagh wanted to know was, when I purchased the tall round table, did I get that weird little table in the background?  The one with with two tiers and the angled legs????   So much for my amazing post, all she could see was a potentially fabulous Mid-Century Modern Coffee table! 

I did indeed acquire this table at the same time and it truly  is the treasure of the lot!

Up here in the Great White North (Canada) we have had many amazing furniture manufacturers.  Canadian-made really means something especially if you are looking at Mid Century Modern furniture.  And this piece is no exception. 

I love researching furniture origins.  This piece was built by Snyder Manufacturing in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  This city is not far from Toronto.  It was in business for 114 years! and closed in 2004.   Imagine!  114 years! 

When Heywood-Wakefield was making its name in the US, Snyder was doing it in Canada. 

Back to my estate sale purchase, YES I did get this cute table and soon it will belong to Sheilagh AND she has the plan!  Who  am I to argue with an designer!

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Snyder Mfg Table: Mid Century Modern!

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The top needs work!

 Stay tuned for the transformation!

In the meantime, check out Sheilagh’s quilting talent at
Lay It On Me Baby!
for extraordinary Quilting talent!

Tell me honestly… did you see the table? 
Did it look special to you?
Do you love MCM?

 

I Do!  and would love to hear your suggestions!
(but you know I need to go with the Designer!)
Regardless
It will be

NICER THAN NEW!

Joan

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Nov 232013
 

On-line estate sales can be addictive, fun and lucrative if you are into vintage stuff! Because of them, my garage and workshop filled up to the point where I needed an intervention! This intervention came in the form of Autumn and the approach of Winter. And my promise to Mr. Nice that he would be able to park in the garage before snow came. BTW, I’ve already cleared his half of the garage. I am still checking the estate sales …. but with caution and control.

The main company I follow is MaxSold.com. It originated out of Kingston, Ontario but operates all over Ontario and the north east United States.

Back in October, I checked out an auction taking place in Toronto. A few items caught my eye. But knowing I already had numerous pieces to work on, I just put in low bids and waited to see what happened. Well, NOTHING happened. As in, no one bid or if they did, my measly bid won!

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Wait until you see what I got for $35.

$13.50 got me these 2 vintage side tables.
They weighed a ton and I had to solicit the aid of a nice gentlemen in return for helping him with his haul!

I think these two have potential!
AND I’m open to suggestions!

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For the grand total of $10, I also scored the matching coffee table.

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Nice wood. Beveled glass. Perhaps a dark stain and painted pillars?

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I think this may have a spot in my living room!
Right now everything in my loving room is so square and rectangular… a circular table could be nice!

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The next item, I had been looking for.
A friend of mine wants me to make her a Tufted Bench for her front entrance.
Not only did I score the perfect table / bench,
I got TWO step side tables
for….
Drum roll please!

$10!

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TWO of these little lovelies.

YAHOO!!

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Now there are bargains and there are near freebies!

I got the following THREE items for

$1.50

MaxSold often combines items and oft times you just don’t want the other items.
OR in my case end up with NO ROOM!

I loved this mid-century side table! It had seen better days but for 50  cents, could I go wrong?

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Look at her! she is gorgeous!

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Tongue and groove construction

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Okay not perfect!

She was grouped with these two side tables

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I liked this solid wood night stand.

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But did not want this one.

When you win an auction, you MUST remove ALL the items at the allotted time or you are charged for disposal.

Sadly, my surprisingly spacious Rav4 just did not have any room left!

Sadly, my surprisingly spacious Rav4 just did not have any room left!

However, John, the nice man who helped me had a trailer and he took the last two items.
John owns a wonderful thrift / antique shop in a lovely historical town of Shelburne, a ninety minute drive north of Toronto.
I plan to visit to Yesterday’s Home Furnishings soon. Based on his website he has some great finds!

How’s that for $35 and a Sunday morning drive across the city?

Share your great finds and stay tuned to see how the bench and the 2 drawer side table turn out!

 

Nov 132013
 

I love finding vintage one of a kind pieces for next to nothing.  When I saw this chair at a garage sale last summer, I loved the scroll detail on the legs.  Only $5 for this cute, solid oak chair!  Got to love that!

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Love the scroll!

After sitting in my garage for a few months, I decided the chair would look great with a black, distressed Pottery Barn like finish because the oak finish underneath would be a nice rich colour. I mixed up some homemade chalk paint using  Behr Black Suede and calcium carbonate, both of which I already had.   (BTW:  I LOVE this shade of black!  It is aptly named because it seems to have a depth or softness about it and it works perfectly for the Pottery Barn treatment.)  After two coats, I did a bit of distressing and added 2 coats of  Varathane.

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I love how it turned out!

Now on to the seat!  Stripping off old chair coverings can be like opening an old trunk in an attic.
Overall, the seat cover looked okay but when looking at the underside, I could tell it had been recovered and needed some fixing.
The original seat cover was leather!

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There were a gazillion nails to remove!

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Leather!

Using my handy dandy Dremel saw and some wood I  had in the garage, I cut a new support for the bottom.

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I love this tool!

When I removed the gazillion tiny tacks, I found the seat had been stuffed with horse hair!  A discovery which is somewhat exciting and disgusting all the the same time!  The horse hair stuffing does not necessarily provide an age for the chair but it does indicate the chair is vintage if not antique.

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Cool and Yucky!

Originally, I was planning on covering the seat with either burlap or a painter’s drop cloth, with perhaps a graphic on it.  However, once the chair was painted, I didn’t like the look.

Then on a trip to my local FabricLand, I spotted a cool black and grey remnant in the discount bin.  I was really drawn to it but I kept thinking I already had some of it at home.  It just looked so familiar.  Regardless I decided it would look great on the Pottery Barn like chair and it was only going to cost me $3.

After I got it home, I realized why it was so familiar!
It looks just like my little Coach bag!
And the weight and texture of the fabrics are very similar!

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They are so similar!

 All I needed to buy was the fabric because I had the foam, paint and varathane.

Pretty nice chair for around $10!

Pottery Barn meets Coach

Pottery Barn meets Coach!

I LOVE IT!!  HAPPY DANCE TIME IN THE LEAVES!

It would appear,
I created a DOUBLE KNOCK OFF!

Should Coach start making furniture?  Tell me what you think?

Sep 302013
 

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Friends and I often attend events at the  St. Lawrence Market  and our favourite has to be the Executive Chef Series in the Miele Gallery in the Market Kitchen.  To be honest, any foodie event in this historical building is fabulous.  I am proud to say, National Geographic names the St. Lawrence Market the #1 Food Market in the WORLD!

I had never been to this antique market and was excited to check it out.
Perhaps it could be a venue for my business.
We’ll see.

It was a PERFECT Ontario fall day with warm seasonable temperatures and lots of sun.  The Sunday antique market opens at 5:00 a.m.  but I arrived around 10 and some vendors were just finishing setting up.  The tables and booths are both inside and out.  The outside area is in front of the building and there is a lovely courtyard beside the building with trees and benches.  There  was  a HUGE variety of items for sale.  Some typical.  Some interesting.  Some down right weird, as you will see in  my photos.

Come along and enjoy a piece of my beautiful city, Toronto!

Let’s start Outside of the Historic Market building

Front view, looking east. Note the construction cones. There's always construction everywhere.  Paddington's Pump on the right is open for breakfast. They are famous for their Reuben sandwiches.

Front view, looking east. Note the construction cones. There’s always construction everywhere. Paddington’s Pump on the right is open for breakfast. They are famous for their Reuben sandwiches.

Looking west: old meets new. The  curved building is called the "L Tower" and will be 57 stories and 600 luxurious condo suites.

Looking west: old meets new. The curved building is called the “L Tower” and will be 57 stories and 600 luxurious condo suites.

Front Facade. The large second floor windows on the right is the location of the Market Kitchen.

Front Facade. The large second floor windows on the right is the location of the Market Kitchen.

East side of the Main Market. The building runs a city block.

East side of the Main Market. The building runs a city block.

West side of Main building has outdoor restaurant seating for Paddington's Pump.

West side of Main building has outdoor restaurant seating for Paddington’s Pump.

These red banners are everywhere and WHY NOT?

These red banners are everywhere and WHY NOT?

Now, Let’s have a look at the North Building
where the Sunday Market takes place.

The not so historically beautiful North Building.  Front Street entrance

The not so historically beautiful North Building. Front Street entrance

Vendor stalls in front of the North Building and trucks unloading

Vendor stalls in front of the North Building and trucks unloading

Farmer / Food Vendor carts waiting for next week.

Farmer / Food Vendor carts waiting for next week.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard. Great place to sip coffee and people watch

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard. Great place to sip coffee and people watch

Shall we go inside now?

Love the vintage signs. The North Building is also used for the farmers' market on Saturdays.

Love the vintage signs. The North Building is also used for the farmers’ market on Saturdays.

Hundreds of vendors, tables and people and it's only 10:15 a.m

Hundreds of vendors, tables and people and it’s only 10:15 a.m

Okay!  Let’s have a look around!

The following photos are from stalls both inside and outside.  There was just so many cool items and artisan’s work, I could have taken photos all day.

Beware, the photo list is LONG!

I was a good girl and only bought one thing I will show you later and it was a gift.  Here we go!

Sweet cherubs

Sweet cherubs

Blue themed display.  I think I want that dog!

Blue themed display. I think I want that dog!

Vintage china.  So beautiful!

Vintage china. So beautiful!

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I fell in love with this Norwegian made wool blanket. But at $150, I had to give it a pass.

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In this display we have an antique cradle and an axe and a cleaver. Is it just me or is this a bit creepy?

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Like I said earlier… some weird stuff.

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I am not entirely sure what these are. I am thinking music box or piano but they are usually in a cylinder.  Maybe it’s weaving ?? I should have asked!

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Antique Spice rack. A place for your cookbook and drawers that are really jars! Clever and so sweet!

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Something here for the Betty Boop lover in all of us!

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I didn’t know there was a paper called the Toronto Telegram. Closed long before I came here.

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Probably the weirdest and most creepiest display! That head looked so real! I think they were selling vintage hats among other things.

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More typical and less scary merchandise.

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Back to weird!

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Even bicycles for sale!

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Eclectic display.

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One of the few vintage furniture dealers.

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Same booth as the yellow tables. The French provincial set had very large handles you don’t often see.

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I could have browsed and rummaged all day!

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Vintage quilts. I have one of these ironing boards somewhere…

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Ahhhhh… the cherubs again

I lOve jewelry made from silverware.  It was here I bought my one item.  A key chain for $5 for my newly licensed driver daughter!

I LOVE jewelry made from silverware. It was here I bought my one item. A key chain for $5 for my newly licensed driver daughter!

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This is so politically incorrect!

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Vintage typewriters

This display was so bright and shiny, I had trouble getting a good picture

This display was so bright and shiny, I had trouble getting a good picture

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There were many vendors selling vintage furs. Again, they are no longer accepted in our society but man they are warm in our Canadian climate!

There were lots of jewelry vendors of all types. I liked how this vendor used a vintage sewing basket to display her vintage jewelry.

There were lots of jewelry vendors of all types. I liked how this vendor used a vintage sewing basket to display her vintage jewelry.

his woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to "Back Strap" weave.

This woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to “Back Strap” weave.

This woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to "Back Strap" weave.

Note the strap across her back which anchors the loom at one end while the other end is tied to something secure.

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The sale of these woven items support Guatemalan women’s guilds.

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The owner of this cutie was setting up his booth selling vintage shearling bomber jackets. Lots of Starbucks was being consumed since it is just down the street

Speaking of Starbucks, it’s time for another coffee!

But one last picture!

A block from the St Lawrence Market is my FAVORITE building in Toronto,
the GOODERMAN BUILDING,
often referred to as the “Flatiron Building”.

Facing the front of the building, the downtown core soars behind it.  One way to track the growth of towers in Toronto is to review the thousands of photos and paintings of this building since it’s completion in 1892.

Here it is captured on September 29th, 2013.

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I hope you enjoyed your visit to a little corner of historical Toronto.

What was your favourite part?

Jul 272013
 

So I decided to start a blog on the eve of our family vacations.  Yep plural! A bit about vacation numero uno…

Every year for the past 12 years, we head up to the Northern Ontario cottage country known as “Muskoka”.  We stay at an old lodge / resort called Cleveland’s House.  The best way to describe it is a camp for families, young and old.

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Canadian’s call those chairs “Muskoka Chairs”. Our southerly neighbours have a similar type they call “Adirondack Chairs”. Who cares, they’re comfy!

What is cool about this place is most families go the same week every year and stay in the same lodgings if they want or ask to upgrade.  You pre-pay and get three great meals a day (NO COOKING !!!) and we sit in the same table every meal.  Honestly, every year when we arrive we always comment that we feel like we were there yesterday.  It’s so fun to see the same families and get caught up and marvel at how big the children are getting and moan about how old we’re getting 😉

The first year, we met a family with two girls close to my daughter’s age and with the same interest:  competitive dance.  We all became fast friends.  The second year, we joined tables tin the dining room to get the girls to sit down as well as to stop us disturbing neighbours by talking across the room LOL.

This beautiful, historic building is the main lodge and dining room. Beautiful gardens too.

My hubbie and I spend our day time golfing 9 holes and playing tennis.  Or biking and swimming.  Or getting a massage or canoeing.   There’s even live evening entertainment.  The resort is rustic and lovely … not quite Dirty Dancing but a bit like it.  Our accommodations overlook the guest boat dock from which we swim out to “the rock”, a submerged boulder about 50 yards out.

Cottage life without the work!

Time to pack.

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