Over on Fine Things and Big Dreams, styleNorth contributor Lindsay Bowman has been bemoaning the fact that Edmonton, not her beloved Calgary, is the site of Western Canada’s first Anthropologie outlet. Well, Lindsay, this post is for you, a small taste of what you’re missing out on . . .
Does that pretty little peacock look like papier maché? So it is, and it can be yours for $238. The hand-painted school chair, below left, comes all the way from Belgium and is priced at $1,100; the large white birdcage complete with ceramic birds is $1,800 and the amazing iron cabinet on a wooden stand, which I absolutely love, is . . . take a deep breath . . . $9,000.
The monumental industrial lamp, below, is also from France, circa 1950, tagged at $5,800!
I suspect that these fabulously expensive items are really just window dressing, displayed to give Anthropologie’s Toronto store an edge of authenticity — they probably don’t expect anyone to actually buy them.
Those of us with more brains than cash confine our treasure hunting to genuine vintage and salvage shops. Is Anthropologie worth it? Not unless you’ve got money to burn.