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:   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…




Flooding in Ottawa, Garage Sales & Wet Weekend Woes

I just put down the hammer for a few minutes to write this post. I am building a boat “an Ark” that me and my animals can use perhaps at some point this weekend. Noah and I aren’t friends, so I can’t call him up and I believe you should always be prepared.

Ottawa, ON is getting hit with more rain and has already been hit pretty hard. The river on my property is the highest its been in years and my dad lives near another river which is slowly swallowing the land around it. Flooding is scary and being someone who has experienced a flood in my basement only (which was terrible enough) I feel the need to talk about this a little…flush it out

Not only is garage sale season a.k.a. the best time of the year to grasp vintage & antique finds being delayed & shortened due to the weather but it’s got me thinking about the environment. I’ve seen a drastic change in the weather even over the past 2 years…

  • Crazy ass wind and stronger storms! My trees are all broken, breaking or falling over on my property!
  • One hot summer last year and a record hot summer for some areas (good for peppers in my garden, not so good for lettuce)
  • Large amounts of rainfall right now and flooding all over the place
  • One-day nuts snowfall records

Global warming, climate change or a coincidence – call it what you will but something is up. In an effort to save our planet or do what I can to make a difference, I am turning it into high gear fellow vintage & antique friends.

Here are some small things one can do to make a difference:

  1. Buy used clothing ONLY (get on the vintage bandwagon with me or get some nearly new finds at thrift stores) – Fast fashion as they call it is causing mega problems. Clothing ends up in the trash in astronomical amounts and due to the way most clothing is made it does not compost/biodegrade properly.
  2. Repurpose furniture, purchase used furniture ONLY or properly recycle your belongings When items are manufactured (created, shipped etc.) they create some sort of emissions and when you buy stuff second-hand you are cutting that out to some degree. You are also using something for a longer duration (extending its lifespan) which is great! You can also feel good because you are saving landfill space & perhaps saving some trees going this route. I am only going to buy used! I am only going to bring my unwanted items to a thrift store or give away- on Kijiji Free.
  3. Cut down on my meat intake (LESS MEAT TO EAT) I did some immense reading after a horrible fishkill in my river and found out Cow poo poo is more of a threat to the environment these days than car pollution. I love me some beef but I eat it way too much – I over consume and as a whole we (the world) over consumes. Everything you see around suggests take a bike to work, carpool blah blah blah (which yes will help too and is great) but I discovered livestock contribute more to our earths destruction than cars currently do. Perhaps this is up for debate but the latest facts don’t lie!

I personally love antiques & aged clothing because I find the quality much better, they are original and I do feel they contribute to a greener earth. I hope to share some of my thrift store & garage sale deals with you all very soon, in the meantime try to stay dry. If I spend this weekend indoors I may just go stir crazy thinking about if this rainfall warning is part of a bigger problem – I need to care (and do) more about.

My thoughts are with those dealing with Flooding (Floods) in Ontario, Québec and abroad.


Prep for the 200th post & more action

pendalumDear cherished readers,

I wanted to tell you that my blog is undergoing some major design/ usability construction right now.  I am approaching my 200th post and I am streamlining a few things to make your experience here truly amazing.

Guess what? I am also getting a new cellphone (mine is a dinosaur but I had become so attached) so I can get on Instagram in a big way.  You will see some new things (not the stuff, it’s always antique or vintage, but the content haha) in March! Get ready for some wicked times together!

I appreciate you continued views, visits and shares.


Antiques & Animal Exposure

elephantsR.I.P HARAMBE (17 Year Old Western Lowland Silver-Back Gorilla) – Cincinnati Zoo 

This post was inspired by recent events and people relaying that all zoos are bad zoos and serve no purpose.

When I was a child I grew up with no money to travel, never went to Africa or anywhere I wanted to go. Even as an adult I struggle to find the extra income to go off and see all the beautiful animals of the world in their natural habitat.

If it were not for zoos, I do not think that elephants would be my favourite animal, nor do I think that I would have ever seen one (in person) in my lifetime so far.

I am learning right now about the ivory trade because of my work in antiques and because of my love of elephants have become a strong advocate against the sale of items using animal parts for profit.

I would say that what occurred (at the Cincinnati Zoo) is tragic but the pro to having zoos is that they are not only used as a educative piece but give exposure to many people that otherwise may not have the opportunity (to view these animals and creatures) which in the end may assist with developing a larger following of animals lovers in the world.

A child falling into a cage at the zoo is one part a parental observation problem, one part child not listening (likely) problem and a one part zoo does not have proper measures or security in place problem. Secondly a series of people screaming problem (and worrying the gorilla) and a quick decision making moment – wrapped up into one unfortunate scenario.

I am upset about what happened but I would still say that zoos serve a purpose even though some could for sure be better managed. I understand “the cons” of the zoo but was feeling the need to share one big pro. Love elephants as much as I do, check out my past elephant posts:

  1. PBS Antiques Roadshow Takes a Stand for Elephants
  2. Find of the week: Vintage (1987) Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus King Tusk Elephant Plush Stuffed Animal (April 28, 2014)
  3. Part 2: Key Antique Objects Made from Animals and Plants

Showy Sundays Presents – The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show Rundown

STEAL OF THE DAY: Vintage 1970's Cherie Paris Numero 3 Magazine Clutch Bag (VintageSoulGeek)
STEAL OF THE DAY: Vintage 1970’s Cherie Paris Numero 3 Magazine Clutch Bag (VintageSoulGeek)

Shows upon shows and not enough time in one day. This afternoon, looking and touching was the name of the game.

I unfortunately spent so much time at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show that I didn’t get the opportunity to get out to the Antique Nostalgia & Bottle Show. Funny enough I met someone at the vintage show by the name of Richard Jacobs (a.k.a the ultimate pack rack) who had made it out to the bottle event and said it was great. He and his wife are collectors and sellers of many things. I always look forward to those informative aisle convos.

My initial scan of the giant room today was a bit overwhelming, I had some issues with knowing which vendor to visit first. I have some take-a-way tips to share they are:

1. Have cash on you to avoid line-ups and not being able to buy something on the spot. It’s never enjoyable to wait in a line or have to sprint in order to secure that one-of-a-kind piece.

2. If you are questioning a piece don’t leave in alone for long. I heard a girl return to a spot and say, “I will buy the dress” and it was sold moments earlier on her. She was contemplating price or second guessed and it was gone.

3. If you can try it on – TRY IT ON! Vintage clothing shapes and sizes vary quite a bit from the clothing of this period -these days.

There was a massive selection of female and male clothing and stunning accessories on-site today. I must say that there is nothing better than a creative pair of cufflinks – guys should always consider these understated accessories and make more of the 9 to 5 monkey suit.

What did I bag? I snagged a feminine Sandra Angelozzi tank top for $15 at Walentyna’s booth. Sandra Angelozzi is an internationally known fashion designer who has been designing since the early 80’s (late 70’s).

The Sandra Shirt
The Sandra Shirt

My heart was stolen by a stunning black and white strapless dress at Le Walkin boutiques space. I did not leave with with the tantalizing dress but I left with a Produits Symbol Products funky short vintage shirt that’s looks straight from the jazzy show In Living Color. It put a big smile on my face for $20 [see photo below].

Before leaving the event I came across four adorable vintage pins (picture at bottom of post] which I am going to pair with four different outfits. I walked over to pay the VintageSoulGeek rep when I saw this rare Vintage 1970’s Cherie Paris Numero 3 Magazine Clutch Bag [picture a top of post]. I was drawn to it and its dainty white vinyl strap which has a cute snap clasp. It is lined with a plain black material but the exterior it so elaborate. This item takes the cake as my deal of the day. I got it for $30 and found only a few others for sale online between $50-$125. My last and final find was from at the same booth – practical and pretty black glass earrings.

Living Colour revival
Living Colour revival
Pair a Pin!
Pair a Pin (VintageSoulGeek)

I had a blast running around the show today. Before I depart this post I want to mention Emma Paige. I really liked her unique stuff, it reminds me of Sex & the City style. This designer specializes in high-end designs and has a fantastic website and look-book. If you like vintage and contemporary you should visit this online retailer.

“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”
Karl Lagerfeld

Have a lovely clothing  [I mean closing] to the weekend.