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!