Cindy MacCool: A Dealer’s Dealer

Where do vintage dealers mine their treasure? It’s a question that comes up again and again when I’m blogging and one of the “local” sources that’s frequently cited is MacCool’s Reuse, the namesake business of Cindy MacCool, above, a champion picker and dealer in her own right, who operates out of a barn on a rural road in Ontario’s Prince Edward County. Last week, on a beautiful spring day, my friend Susan and I made the trip from Toronto — a pleasant two hour drive — to meet Cindy as she gears up for another busy season.

MacCools is open weekends from 10 am – 5 pm but if a day trip to the County isn’t an option you can confidently shop online; Cindy keeps her website up-to-date and she and her woodworker husband Colm will deliver for a nominal fee. What really motivated Susan and I to make the trip was the beautiful 1950s credenza below that Suz had her eye on for an office project she’s currently wrapping up.

Cindy had the piece tagged at $480 and she was flexible enough to make both her and Susan happy. The cabinet stain had been poorly handled but since Suz planned to paint it high-gloss turquoise à la Tommi Parzinger, the finish wasn’t an issue.

Looking around the rest of the barn and loft space we spied loads of mid-century teak, some ginchy ’60s mirrors, ceramics and lighting and a plethora of 1950s chinoiserie lamps and vases, all very reasonably priced.

Cindy also has an eye for cottage-y art and accessories and if you’re outfitting a country place I’d say MacCool’s should be a must stop on your decorating adventure.

Cindy and Colm’s barn isn’t far from Picton, the commercial centre of Prince Edward County, where you’ll find excellent food and wine; stop at MacCool’s first and they’ll steer you to a delicious lunch before your drive back to the city. And remember, tell them stylenorth sent you!

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Friday, March 30, 2012 by Chris
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3 Comments For This Post

  1. shescomeundone Says:

    A big thank you to Cindy and Colm again – for the great deal and professional, prompt delivery yesterday. I’d say more about Cindy’s awesome roundup of unique and unusual tchotchkes but I’m hoping to get there again soon to score first;) Thanks to my road warrior companion Chris for the conversation, education and kick ass vegan sandwiches. Suz

  2. Karen J Says:

    Sounds like a great road trip.
    A barn full of stuff – hard to go wrong.
    Thanks Chris!

  3. Tim@DesignMaze Says:

    Thanks Chris for introducing me to Maccool’s Reuse!! Love the store and already found something I like! Hope it’s still available and that the dimension works!

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