Back to the future

Hey Friends,

I hope you have had a great few months! I am back and it’s time to share new plans for the future with you.

The thought of shutting down this blog made me sad, so I decided I am going to keep it. I tried out Instagram and tested the waters but realized there is something I really like about having a blog. So I am sticking with it!

A ton in the world of vintage, antiques and upcycling (fixer uppers) has occurred lately and I can’t wait to share all the juicy details with you. I also can’t wait to chat with you and hear all about what you have been up to!

Also, I have been a busy beaver and recently started (as promised) a blog all about the good old environment: http://greenbff.com   Green Best Friend Forever – is all about doing little everyday things, that make a big difference.

All together what I want my writing to promote is that you can make due with the old and don’t really need the new. Some things you have to buy but most things aren’t really needed. It’s all about reusing, restoring and repurposing.

Stay tuned…

 

 

 

Castor River Fish Kill – Look who’s talking now!

IMG_20150924_181505Since the manure spill in the Castor River mid last week, to my surprise, not much has transpired.

I tried my best to get the word out there to all the people who I would consider “large communication channels” – people with a voice to spread the word to citizens/residents in a quick and legitimate manner.

Funny enough everyone I mention it “the spill” to in the area of Kenmore (Ontario) did not even know it occurred. The popular response has been;

“Nope, never heard of it!”

People’s dogs take a daily splash in the river, neighbourhood kids play near the water (sometimes even go in it) and nature enthusiasts go for canoe rides. My question is would they still do this if they knew the water was disturbingly dirty and potentially harmful?

Some dead fish still remain along the shoreline but due to the rain tonight, they are mostly slowly floating down stream. I should mention that all the big dead fish on my shoreline were all devoured by likely vultures and animals over the past few days. I have fish jaws and the remains of fish all over the place.

I am by no means a water or wildlife expert and I would love if someone IMG_20150924_180718can tell me if fish that die from a manure spill should be left out for days. Can they spread disease or cause harm to other animals that eat them? Please chime in if you know the answer.

To date nobody I contacted knew the answer. Some mentioned I should clean up the fish myself using garbage bags or alternatively bury them. Option number three was to let them just decompose naturally on my property. Apparently we do this ALL THE TIME.

After this experience I ask myself, how many innocent creatures have to die before an incident becomes significant these days?

5, 50, 500, 5000, 50,000?

I am not even certain if the culprit of the spill is even being charged or if they even reported the spill on their own in the first place. Does anyone know this for certain?

Some fish for thought:

Aren’t there catch limits and restrictions for people who have a license and fish in Ontario? If you fish without a license aren’t there fines? How is it that someone can kill plenty of fish and destroy an ecosystem with no fee or penalty?

Seeing is believing and what I see is a big gap in our protection of our ecosystems. Our freshwater friends do not have a voice so I intend to give them one.

Before I depart this post I would like to thank those that have contacted me on this topic and covered this story on the news. Every bit of discussion and exposure helps.

Note: I am having issues loading videos (of the results of the spill) on my blog but will get them up as soon as possible.

 

 

Wishing you Happy Holidays & a Wonderful New Year

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It has been a rollercoaster of a year full of ups, downs, and turn-arounds but we have made it and 2014 is coming to an end.

Plenty of discovered items, many mysteries and a few moments of wonder. I am glad to have shared my many vintage and antique finds with you and look forward to 2015 and another year full of buying and selling (coming soon).

What can you expect in the upcoming few weeks? Bloggin about many, many, many things to name just a few:

  • Records mania – I got boxes full of some rad “n” rockin tunes
  • Vintage Mens Clothing coming to you straight from the 60’s-70’s
  • Lets talk about coins and currency!

Come back soon to read all about it! Thank you for swinging by and all the best for a magical holiday season and exciting new year.

Cheers,

Julie

The Gift of Time

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.- Steve Jobs

Dear Friends New & Old,

For those of you that do not know me on a personal level or are a first time visitor to this blog, I want to welcome you and tell you what you have missed.

This past year I decided to move from my downtown apartment to a place in the country to pursue my dream of antiquing and working with vintage items. I really wanted a garage, truck and some lawn therefore living in the heart of the city was not something I could swing anymore. I had a plan to retire (when 55+) to the countryside and the plan happened sooner than anticipated for a multi-tude of reasons.

I started this blog earlier this year in the hopes of sharing everything I know about the world of antiques, vintage & second hand items. There are a few reasons why this hobby has really become an integral part of my life, it is because:

these objects;

1. Encapsulate a moment in time and they move us with their stories of the past. History is such an important part of who we are and where we come from. It triggers our sense of imagination.

these objects;

2. Are long-lasting and can be shared for a lifetime or more. Things were made so well back in the day and were [or are] simply breathtaking. Passing things down from generation to generation should not be [in my mind] a thing of the past.

these objects;

3. Have so many layers which define their importance – who owned it, where it sat, what it once did [or does] and when it was created. So much criteria to classify by. The more you can learn about something the more interesting it becomes.

For those of you that do know me on a personal level I am sure you would agree that I have had one [or two years] full of hardship and change. I can openly say all these things have made me move more quickly towards my dreams and aspirations. After seeing so much happen over the past year I have decided not to wait to do the things I love and planned to do later in life.

I have decided to put my focus on becoming a certified professional-level appraiser of antiques and collectibles by age 30…let the adventures begin!

Join me in the coming year and learn more about the in’s and out’s and don’t miss a beat in the world of vintage & antique.

Commencing in January 2015 I will be starting my journey to become an appraiser. Wish me luck!

 

101!

My friends captured me for a birthday weekend away in Montreal last November. This photo was taken after a long day of visiting antique shops between Ottawa-Montreal hence the big smile on my face.
My friends captured me for a birthday weekend away in Montreal last November. This photo was taken after a long day of visiting antique shops between Ottawa-Montreal hence the big smile on my face.

Once upon a time there was a girl, she dreamed of one day owning her very own antique shop. Every weekend she would drive to a new small town and marvel at antique establishments while at times thinking to herself, I would do things differently. I would make things a little more about the story behind the piece, make the visit more about the experience and put only one-of-a-kind items on my store shelves.

Over many months she wrote a business plan, purchased a place she could get down to business in [also known as a place to refinish and store her antiques & vintage finds] and started this blog in which you may of only landed on today.

I wanted to share this evening that this is my #101 post. Though I do not have my own store yet, I still have plenty of ideas and plenty of stories to send your way.

I am still pushing towards having my own business on this topic [Antiques & Vintage] whether it be store front or online. Time to keep chugging forward.

Before I head off for the night in lieu of this special post day I thought I would shoot you some quick links to my Top 5 favourite articles to this present day:

1. Old treasures that can be toxic

2. Key Antique Objects Made from Animals and Plants

3. Vintage Style: The Flapper Party Look

4. Second-hand Gift Giving: Is It Okay to Give a Used Gift?

5. The History of Bonnie and Clyde 

“¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!”

( I hear that’s Spanish for “Go on! Go on! Up! Up)