All hail serendipity! A few months back I was mooching through furnishing shops in Toronto’s Riverside and Leslieville neighbourhoods when I spotted the pretty terrific brass and marble impala bust, left, at Elbers Antiques (777 Queen Street East, 416.466.3938). I admired the piece, noted the $85 price, then moved on. Several shops later, I stopped in at Fred (1091 Queen Street East) where, rather remarkably, I found the awesome brass impala bookends below for $45. I walked away from both items but they stayed with me and a few days later I went back to play let’s make a deal; I picked up the bust for $65 and the bookends for $35; I’ve been enjoying them ever since. Renowned American designer Vicente Wolf has been quoted as saying, “One is a tchotchke, two is chance, and three is a collection with persona.” I guess I’m on my way to collecting impalas.
A quick note about Fred; owner Greg Perras, the original founder of Ethel, has decided to get back into street-front retail and has taken over the space formerly occupied by Winkle (1107 Queen Street East). He’ll be opening in early May as Highway 11 . . . stay tuned.