Raymond and I adore visiting antique malls, flea markets and, yes, yard sales. (And auctions, of course, as I reported here.) Not for us (at least, not usually) the high-end antique stores with fine wooden 18th-century pieces of furniture that cost thousands of dollars. No, we’re the cheap and cheerful types. We have bought furniture at the antique malls and so on, but it tends to be mid-century – that would be mid-20th-century – stuff: mission, art deco, Scandinavian. Cool stuff, and much less expensive than the really old things. And of course these pieces come from the era when we were young, so they ring a nostalgic bell.
And most of the time it’s not furniture we buy, but little things: the Fire-King glass that I collect, or Blue Heaven china, or a set of fish knives, or old games and decks of cards; I am particularly fond of old menus from restaurants, airplanes and cruise ships, and I have quite a few of those. Oh yes, and of the course the occasional book. (Ahem. See Exhibit A: our Montreal living room before we moved a bunch of the books to the Manse.)
Now that we own the Manse, a house that is already filled with mid-century memories for me because that’s the period in which I grew up in it, we have a perfect place to put all these finds. Funny: I’ve been picking up these bits and bobs for years, yet only bought the Manse this past January. It’s almost like I knew ahead of time that there’d be a place for them!
Here are some of our more recently acquired sweet small treasures:
I hope these little finds bring back some memories to readers as well. It sure is fun to hunt this stuff down. As Raymond and I often ask ourselves: who has more fun than we do?