Thursday, May 14, 2015

12 Antique Market Tips and Top Spots for Antiquing





Antique market season has officially begun!

Last week I headed out to Aberfoyle Antique Market with friends (kids in tow) to get our first fix of the season. It was a fun afternoon. I didn't buy very much but it's interesting to visit and see what trends are happening and also for some much needed post-winter inspiration.

Things I noticed... lots of demi-johns, brass, oversized letters, globes and mid-century furniture. Interesting. All on trend but they were last year too. Sometimes it takes a while for the dealers to find supply... I'm always on the hunt for pretty glass. In fact, I have an entire Pinterest category dedicated to it. Last year I was looking for another demi-john to add to my collection and was hard-pressed to fin them at the markets. This year they were everywhere! 

I go to antique markets frequently and when I travel they are on my must-see list of area attractions. Are you like that too? I dream of traveling the world, strolling through markets for beautiful treasures to bring home. Kind of like J. Peterman on Seinfeld but minus the hat and hopefully less awkward ;)

A few items I wanted to bring home, but weren't in my budget.

 This metal cabinet. Right? 
Just needs some elbow grease to clean it up.

Brass ship lanterns. So, so gorgeous. But at $350 + sadly they stayed on this table. The man in the background is sneaking away so he doesn't have to see my tears.


These crates. There just wasn't room in the car. Look at that laundry starch crate! Gorgeous.


Antiquing Tips, hints & advice...

First... when I go to the markets I talk to the vendors. I like their kind. Sometimes a little quirky but often history buffs and full of information and stories about antiquing. Listen to them. They will give you hints about where to go and find good stuff. They are (usually) good people, just trying to make a living. So be respectful of them and their stuff. You are more likely to get a better deal and learn a little too.  Over the years, at times, I've witnessed people being a little rude, demanding a better price and even sometimes calling their stuff junk. That's not nice. Why?
I know you guys wouldn't be like that


12  TIPS FOR ANTIQUING SUCCESS

1.  Cash is king. Bring cash. Small bills too, for smaller purchases.

2.  Get there early or arrive late? Depends. If you are looking for furniture or specific items than early is better. But don't expect better deals. The day has just begun! If you are looking for bargains than (often) later is better. Vendors often don't want to pack up and haul unsold merchandise home, so sometimes they will cut you a deal.

3.  Be friendly!

4.  Look under the tables, in boxes, look up! Ask vendors if they have more merchandise packed away.

5.  Bring shopping bags and paper to wrap your items. It keeps them safe from breaking while you shop.

6.  Research. If you are looking for certain items it's helpful to research what you are looking for online before you arrive at a a market so you can get a sense of price points and are better equipped to negotiate.

7.  Try to contain your enthusiasm for something you want. It's exciting when you find something you've been hunting for but, if the vendor knows you really want it they may be less inclined to budge on price.

8.  Always negotiate! I almost always ask if the vendor can do better on the price. I know that sometimes asking for a better price can be intimidating. One way to phrase it is "Would you be willing to consider $20 for this piece?" For example, if an item is $30, ask if they are comfortable with $20. There is usually wiggle room. It's a market, and you shouldn't be shy about asking for a better price. Sometimes they will say no, but it's worth a try.

9.  Bring a tape measure! Make sure it will a) fit in your vehicle b) fit in your house

10.  If you are buying furniture, get to know your woods, so you can certain about what you are buying, what can be repaired and how to look for damage.

11.  Try to imagine new uses for items. Upcycling, re-purposing is a fun way to incorporate old items into your home and give it new life.

12.  If you absolutely love it (and you can afford it) buy it! No regrets :)


TOP SPOTS FOR ANTIQUING NEAR TORONTO


IN TORONTO



ONLINE DIRECTORIES
Daytripping in Southwestern Ontario
Antiques in Canada

FURTHER AFIELD

 Flea Market Insiders (USA)
Sunday Driver   (USA)
Huffington Post Guide 
Antique The USA


By no means is this a comprehensive list, but just a list of some of the markets I frequent plus other resources. Please share any favorite spots in the comments whether it's in Canada or the USA!

Happy antiquing!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Spring Paint Projects!

Some diy inspiration for you today ...


 The weather is finally perfect for starting some painting projects. I have several I am eager to start. When Matthew sent over these photos from his new free digital magazine with Wagner I thought perfect timing! Check out the link HERE


 I love the ideas using Annie Sloan chalk paint. I've never used it but have heard great things about it and I'm eager to try. I need to get one of the paint sprayers stat! In the meantime, lets look at these colours!





Be sure to check out Matthew's magazine for loads of inspiring ideas!

 

There is so much inspiration out there to help get you started on a spring project.You'll also want to visit the blogs of these lovely blogger friends for diy inspiration!

Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies also has loads of inspiring paint projects, she does an amazing job breathing new life into old furniture. I think she uses chalk paint often too.

My friend Lindsay was a spray paint maniac (kidding) last summer. you can check out some of her projects here.


Tomorrow I'm headed to Aberfoyle for their special Saturday market wish me luck, maybe I'll come home with a project or two.



Friday, April 24, 2015

backyard planning - adding a banquette nook

outdoor banquette
PILLOWS via POTTERY BARN /  SUNDERO TABLE via IKEA / FEJKA PLANT via IKEA / FACETED LANTERN via WEST ELM / SUCCULENTS via WEST ELM / INSPIRATION IMAGE via HOUSE & HOME / PATIO LIGHTS via CB2

You guys! I'm so over this weather. Blah! April has been kind of crappy here in our household. My son was injured in a freak snowshoeing accident sliding down a hill during March Break and recovery has been slow. Poor kid has been such a trooper but we are all hoping he heals soon. He's a very active boy so it's been hard for him to sit still. I just want to see him healed and able to participate in his sports again. It's a reminder to not take our health for granted and really how lucky we are when you see what other kids go through.

Anyhow, I'm not sure about you but I'm dreaming of patio season! Spring made a brief appearance here and just as quickly disappeared but that hasn't stopped me from working on some backyard updates we've got planned. 

We have an empty wall/fence area at the bottom of our deck stairs that we want to turn into a banquette/seating area. The plan is to build a banquette we can use as a sofa with lots of comfy cushions. The layout could be a loungey conversation area if we move the table to the side and add in two chairs AND we can use it as a dining space with a big long table and chairs.

Originally, we really wanted to purchase an outdoor sectional but they are so expensive! So we decided to try our hand at a banquette/sofa DIY. I'm hoping this banquette option will give us some versatility in using the space for either cocktails or dining.

Now if only it would warm up so we can get started!

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