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.

 

Vintage shows in the 613

It’s a busy weekend coming up for all things vintage in Ottawa, Ontario.

There is the Vintage Pop-up 613 taking place on Saturday (25th) and the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show on Sunday the 26th.

Quick dish:

The pop-up will have the following:

  • Books & vinyl
  • Furniture and Antiques
  • Games and Comics
  • Repurposed gift items
  • Toys & Collectibles
  • Vintage Clothing & Accessories
  • Housewares

The clothing show will have items such as:

  • Vintage clothing
  • Accessories
  • Jewelery
  • Designer Vintage

I hope you have a blast and make it out to both events. I have never been to the pop-up but will keep you posted on it.

Also, I just got back from the Ottawa Nostalgia & Collectible Show 2017 and can’t wait to show you what I found. Stay tuned by checking out my instagram feed on the blog.

Have an amazing rest of weekend.

Do it up real nice with Americana Decor

Hey there,

BEFORE TABLE & CHAIRS IN DISTANCE

T.G.I.F!!!! I wanted to share something special with you guys tonight. Good paint!

I got a used bar/pub table last night with 3 chairs. I really liked the chair design (seen in before table photo in distance) and it was $80 for all since there were some cup stains on the table and scratches throughout the pieces.

I bought some paint a while ago and hadn’t tried it out yet – its called Americana® DECOR™ and I found it at Walmart in the paint area.

I got the Chalky Finish in a few different colours. It was under 15 bucks and though the jars are little, the coverage/jar is really great.

AFTER TABLE

It took only 30 minutes to dry after applying a light coat and I did a second coat.

Within an hour I have transformed these recycled goods. I am still working on the chairs but almost done.

 

 

I decided to redecorate the living room so will send you photos of all my new vintage & antique finds later next week. I will also show you the finished set.

I hope you have a nice weekend and try this stuff sometime! In case you go shopping here is the stuff to look for <to the left
Cheers,

Julia

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.

 

Does this antique map lead to treasure?

How this $20 thrift store find started an adventure!

I once heard a story about a man who found a map at a thrift store and became an instant millionaire. The map showed something that had never been seen on any on other map before. In the back of my mind I never have forgot this and there has always been a sense of “map finding envy” in the air. That was until the other day…

I was leaving my top thrift store last weekend when I noticed behind a cash there was a giant framed map. The lady said it was for sale because someone just returned it.

I thought perhaps someone had the same idea as me and thought, man this could be valuable [but it wasn’t] or they brought it home to their wife and she said that isn’t my thing. The fun thing is I don’t care – sometimes not knowing is the best part.

I will let you know if my map is all that! I am going to inspect it with a fine tooth comb.

 

 

 

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