Thrifting

In the last two months Victor and I have been thrifting a lot more than usual. We’ve been going at least once a week if not more and have started to exploring a bunch of different stores, bazaars, vintage fairs, etcetera instead of our usual flea market and Village de Valeur.  I think part of it has to do with the fact we recently started watching a show called Canadian Pickers which is two guys who go all over Canada in a van and buy antiques (there is 3 seasons you can check out btw, it’s a really interesting show, they mostly focus on advertising and tins but it’s still fun to watch).  Victor has fallen in love with the idea of finding hidden gems and is even debating about opening up an online store to sell vintage items. I’ve always be into thrifting but never explored too much of Montreal scene as I’ve said before on here because it is a lot different than Vancouver’s which I was so use to. Out of us both I seem to be the only person who buys anything though. I’m also one of those people who hates to leave without buying at least one thing. Victor is picky. I will admit I am very random and like a lot of things most people wouldn’t bother with which makes it easier for me to always find something but he seriously loves going to these places and rarely comes with anything. It’s a lot of fun to do together regardless of what we find and have a shared thing we can do together on the weekends or before we go to work. Anyways enough rambling I wanted to show some of our finds from the last 2 months.

Photography

thrifting (3) thrifting (12) thrifting (13)I am always on the hunt for photography related items, it is my favourite thing to collect and hunt for. In the last month I’ve been able to pick 2 interesting cameras for $20 each that are still in working order which is amazing. I even found a few rolls of 127 film which are over 40 years old. Now the film probably will not work well but I really want to shoot with it and see what I get.  On top of that I have found a plethora of vintage photography, from 1800s tin types for $3 each to pre 1950’s photography for a quarter. I also found a Polaroid album to hold my vintage photography in and a slide viewer in a stunning blue color. I was so delighted after find the slide viewer because I’ve been looking for one for months and kept finding ugly brown versions of this that were too expensive, this one is cute and only $5. Lastly a simple frame and a Dymo gun that Victor will add to his growing collection of them.

Nerd and Childhood Things

thrifting (9) thrifting (11)thrifting (4)Christmas time is around the corner so why not buy some retro ornaments? The Grinch is my all-time favourite holiday movie, and they were $2. The Star Trek ornament of Spoc wasn’t in the original box but it’s a Hallmark edition from the late 90’s as well. I already have the Star Trek Enterprise from the same series that lights up so I thought why not and maybe I’ll end up with the entire collection so I can make a Star Trek tree someday.  Speaking of Star Trek I picked up another book to add to my budding collection for $1 and a vinyl book combo for $5.  Other nerdy items are Lord of the Rings audio books on tape which is a silly buy but childhood memories and the $5 price tag made them impossible to resist. Also disappointing Dinosaur collector cards that I thought would have cool artwork but sadly are dull. Only wasted a few dollars on them though so not all bad and I’ll probably give away to my friend’s kids. For toys I found a troll doll, a Muppet toy and book, a Fraggle Rock toy to finish off my collection of those (my first complete toy set!) and a rainbow slinky. I did mention I like random things already right?

Porcelain

thrifting (10)thrifting (15)There is one area Victor and me disagree when it comes to thrifting and collecting. He thinks porcelain anything is a waste of money but I can’t resist because they are usually very cheap and if all else you can repurpose them. Saucers and tea cups are especially easy to repurpose, I bought mine to use a decorative dish on my dresser to hold jewelry in, either individually or I might make a tiered tray out of the three. I also got a cabbage sugar dish with a matching spoon because it was undeniably cute even though I am not sure what exactly I will use it for. There are a few of them at this time that I don’t have any intended purpose for like the swan dishes and the seashell salt and pepper shakers but I will. The black elephant though is for Victor’s desk to go in-between his plants.

Odd and Ends

thrifting (8)thrifting (5) thrifting (1)thrifting (6)All the little bits and piece from all our trips: Ukrainian Easter eggs, a Coke Cola wooden sign, 70s containers, tins, pieces of a stop watch (for two separate DIY projects), a naughty newspaper clipping, communist pins,  and the one piece that rules them all – a possible mouse/Pokémon style taxidermy piece. The latter is enthralling to me, I don’t know why I like it because I don’t like taxidermy that much (vintage taxidermy is ethically okay with me but I take great offense to the killing of animals). It’s just so cute and weird, and strange, and very very odd.

Puzzles & Boardgames

thrifting (19) thrifting (18) thrifting (17)thrifting (16) thrifting (20)I started collecting vintage My Little Pony puzzles last summer and it sparked all these memories of making puzzles as a kid with my grandmother. So anytime I go to thrifting I am always on the lookout because I’d love to complete my collection someday. One thing I’ve noticed is when you have your eye on one particular type of item you notice everything else around it, in this case puzzles and board games. Most of these I imagine we will resell but right now I am just having fun bring them home and completing the puzzles. I look for 80s puzzles, odd ones that glow in the dark, sparkle, or have an interesting gimmick. We also might have found a store that sells board games and puzzles for a few bucks which helps. The one exception is the Star Trek puzzle which I bought for $10 after bargaining it down. The best find out of this lot is the games Pass the Pig and Clue, I still can’t believe that I found on same trip my favourite camping game and the 1960s version of my favourite board game.

What have you found lately thrifting?

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Things That Make Me Smile

Although it isn’t May any longer I had so many photos that I didn’t have a chance to share so today is going to be May’s Things That Make Me Smile. So sorry about all the uncertainty with posts the last month, there was a security issue that happened mid-month and to ensure there was no issues I had to take the site down. Still working to get it fully back up so you may notice things changing for the next week but I’m trying to finish it as soon as possible. There will be another smile post next week too, so if you like my silly personal photos you are in luck. Hope you enjoy!

things that make me smile things that make me smilethings that make me smile (3)Biking down to the Clock tower and watching the sunset, especially if there is a picnic involved.
This gif I made of one of my mtlcranes in Vieux-Montreal.

things that make me smile mutek (2)things that make me smile mutekMutek weekend here in Montreal. Even better when you can dance with your shoes off in the grass while Dewalta and Mike Shannon play a great set.

things that make me smile things that make me smile (3)Brand new bikes!!! For an early birthday present Victor bought me a new hybrid bike and I am in love. He also picked one up for himself so we could ride in style together. So much better than the ancient 2nd hand bikes we’ve had for the past 2 years.

things that make me smile (2)Also these light up alien heads that I bought Victor to go with his bike.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smileHandsome men and this frog which looks cute and mysterious at the same time.

things that make me smile (2)My homemade vanilla extract (I did a post about making it here). Still letting it ruminate for a bit longer before using but it’s getting so dark now.

things that make me smile (4)Speaking of alcohol, I love sparkling cider and randomly picked this brand up one day from a local depanneur and fell in love. It’s so good, and tastes exactly like the other Quebec sparkling cider I love by Lafrance. This one comes in mini bottles instead of a big bottle though so it’s perfect picnics. I like to call it poor person champagne.

things that make me smile (1)Puffy stickers :)  I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy any more stickers until I whittled away some of my vast collection….but I couldn’t resist.

things that make me smile (2)My best thrift store haul of the year. The Hello Kitty phone was only $4! I really need to spend more time thrifting this summer.

things that make me smile (3)How could I resist these Sailor Moon stickers? (bought from Etsy)

things that make me smile (5)Dino stamps? Such a nerd. Honestly though these are the best.

things that make me smile (1)I am a sucker for pastel origami paper. I’ve been hard at work on my 3,000 crane project. Just reaching over 2,000 this past month after starting in February. I wanted to have it finished by end of June but now I am aiming more for end of July, early August. Let you know more about it closer to the date.

things that make me smile (5)I’ll end today’s post with a sunset, appropriate I thought to say the least. What better to make me smile than a bike ride and picnic ending with a beautiful view and the sound of running water? All I need for heaven on early.

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