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Buyers Beware on CBC’s Four Rooms

Friday, March 14, 2014

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On Monday I took some time out to visit Toronto’s 507 Antiques where CBC TV had assembled three of the four stars of Four Rooms for a little press junket. The show is a hybrid of Dragon’s Den and Antiques Roadshow in which hopeful sellers meet privately with four dealers seeking offers for their items. The catch is that they must take what they think is the best offer on the spot, once they leave a dealer’s room and move on to the next buyer, there’s no turning back, the previous offer is dead.

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Retailer Eric Galbraith (formerly Elan, currently Of Things Past Rosedale) wrote to me to let me know he's selling his country place, a converted church "in the middle of nowhere," actually two hours east of Toronto between Belleville and Tweed. The place is beautiful and the photos clearly show that the property has been well loved during the decade Eric and his partner have owned it. For sale privately for $225,000 the church appears to be a gem. The place is "done" to Martha Stewart perfection both inside and out and I can only imagine the pangs Eric must feel at letting it go. Somewhat uncharacteristically, I did not pry.

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What’s Up Washington?

Monday, August 19, 2013

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Washington wasn’t even on my bucket list but when the Home Exchange offer came in to trade my cozy flat for a posh condo overlooking Kennedy Centre and the Potomac River, I agreed without hesitation. And after a week in the U.S. capital I’m glad I said yes -- Washington is beautiful, as tourist friendly as it’s possible for a city to be and the condo was superbly located in easy walking distance to the National Mall monuments, museums and galleries (all free!) and just as close to glamorous Georgetown with its excellent shopping, restaurants and dignified, historic homes.

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Christie Antiques September 7

Friday, August 9, 2013

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I haven't attended the Christie Antiques Show since it was taken over by the Hamilton Conservation Authority so I'll be curious to see whether anything has changed when the show touches down again September 7. Rifling through my photos from the fall 2010 show brought back such pleasant memories — the weather was splendid and the mood across the 10 acre site was positively jolly. With 300 dealers all vying to pry cash from the punters’ pockets there were bargains to be had and an array of goods so varied I was truly impressed. From kitsch to country to Art Deco and mid-century modern, Christie has it all. So circle the date, throw some blankets in the trunk and say “Hi” if you spot me plying the wide, grassy aisles.

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Feeling Lucky?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

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It's ridiculously short notice, I know, but I only received the flyer yesterday for Waddington's Cobourg's bi-annual fine furniture auction. And let me tell you, there is some sweet stuff in this sale. Do you remember the post I did about designer Michael S. Smith and his masterful use of pairs? Well there are some very pretty pairs on offer, including the handsome tchotchkes above and the pair of side chairs below that once belonged to the late Robertson Davies [there are several items from the writer's estate in the sale].

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