Tag Archive | "Thrift"

Hipster Holiday in Brooklyn

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been to New York City since the mid-1990s. I caught up with the place over Labour Day weekend when my companion and I headed to his "spiritual home," Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In case you're not up on such things, that makes my man a hipster since Brooklyn is widely regarded as the hipster capital of the world. Think Toronto's Queen West to the power of five.

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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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Guest Post: Do Good Bargains

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


A lamp I spied on the Listings List sent me out to Bridgeland Avenue in North Toronto, on the edge of the Castlefield design district. Turns out the sellers had a lot more than brass lamps for sale; Ve’ahavta International Tikun Olam Centre (200 Bridgeland Ave., Unit D) re-sells donated furniture and uses the proceeds to assist homeless and marginalized men, women and youth. Kirill Zaretsky, a senior director showed me around several rooms chocked full of donated furniture and accessories like the Jonathan Adler-esque mosaic horse (above left) and the set of simple lined cane back chairs (6 available). In yet another room Kirill directed my attention to an authentic art deco dining room table; with its elongated octagonal top and monolithic pillars I had no trouble picturing it in an office or boardroom of an up and coming young lawyer or architect.

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Big Change Not Small Change

Monday, May 13, 2013


When I first blogged about Furnish it With Vintage enthusiast Connie, she was new to the blogging world but an old hand at thrifting, a gal who knows her way around Goodwill, Salvation Army and Value Village. But that's the thing about decorating with thrift, once you overhaul a sofa you'd better love it 'cause it's yours for a good long while. Fortunately, Connie does love her teak-arm sofa set, now looking smart and comfortable in an updated neutral chenille.

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Finally Doing it Right

Sunday, March 17, 2013


If the leggy little tray table, above right, looks familiar it's because I featured it as a quick and dirty DIY in October 2011. Too quick and too dirty as it turned out. My Red Green, duct-tape method for attaching the legs lasted a few days before it all fell apart. Then I tried epoxy, which held on for about a week. What I really needed was a circular piece of wood into which to screw the legs, and then attach the tray to the wood. This is where Michael Greenwood came in, kindly providing me with a perfectly-cut circle of 1/2" plywood.

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