My friend Ingrid and I took advantage of the glorious summery weather on Sunday and headed to the Aberfoyle Antiques Market outside Guelph, Ontario (about an hour west of Toronto). For some reason we encountered a plethora of old sign letters, always a hot home accessory.
My decorating partner Kevin recently spelled out the word “modern” on a client’s wall, which they then edited back to simply “mod” — yes, you can have lots of fun with these things. I’m constantly seeing children’s names spelled out in nurseries; I wonder if putting the word “serenity” in my bedroom would have a positive effect.
If you entertain such notions, definitely head to Aberfoyle where you’ll find plenty of fodder for your Scrabble-inspired flights of fancy. The letters range in price from about $10 and $12 for the small letters below right, to $34 for the highly reflective stainless steel letters below left, to $38 for the large red ones above, and $20 each for the neon cutouts in the top pic.
Old printers block letters like the ones below can be used to spell out words on book shelves ($6 – $10) but you’ll have to be clever because printer’s type is set backwards.
If decorating with type is something you’re into, please send me a picture (at least 500 pixels wide please) and I’ll include it in a future post.
Aberfolyle is open Sundays from 8 am – 4 pm but the market closes down for winter following the last installment of the year on October 30. Tomorrow, I’ll follow-up with some of the other goodies Ingrid and I came across.