Here’s a post that’s been in the can for months. Back in September when I scouted Waddington’s new Cobourg outpost, I went on a little treasure hunt along tiny Covert Street, which I discovered thanks to my friend Susan Forint and her SAF Affect blog. Then, before I got a chance to post my thrifty finds, I learned that I had overlooked Cobourg’s biggest claim to vintage fame, the massive Legacy salvage yard, below.
So back I went with my Ajax friends Denise and Larry who kindly provided the transport. It turned out to be worth their while since Denise found an old stage light that she fell in love with priced at $65. Denise, a natural born haggler, was deeply disappointed that the sales lady wouldn’t play ball with her, but she bought the light anyway. And lucky for her, husband Larry is a whiz with electrical parts and he quickly fashioned her light into a super-chic, mounted floor lamp that’s right on trend with its industrial look.
There were a few good deals lurking in the sprawling warehouse but you don’t go to Legacy for bargains, you go for the mind-boggling selection and the impossible-to-find odds and ends. If you’re renovating a period property, this is a good place to hunt for vintage hinges, rad covers, door knobs and just about anything else you might be in search of.
One of my favorite pieces was the old stove pipe shelf ($295), below, that worked wonderfully well as decorative wall art. You won’t find this at Homesense.
I also especially liked the fancy andirons below left that for some reason made me think of the candlestick character from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
As for the thrifting on Covert Street, it’s as hit and miss as anywhere else. The first time I went I spotted lots of decent finds like the school chair below left ($15), the 1950s clock ($7.50) and the large ceramic lamp ($9).
But when Denise and Larry and I went, we didn’t see anything noteworthy. Neverthess, I think that between Waddington’s, Legacy and Covert Street, Cobourg is definitely a good bet for a fun Saturday afternoon out of town. Beyond The Blue Box indeed.