Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lost Art of Profanity

Back from the usual Saturday a.m. yard sales with a few finds but this is most certainly the Catch o' the Day. A first edition, not worth a huge amount of money, but a great title, and strong graphics.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Go Fish

Today's yard sale find o' the day or perhaps Catch o' the Day: fish. These little buggers probably from a Carnival Fish Pond Game. We bought other stuff but this was the most fun.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Curbside Shopping is the best

Love this ladder and the detailing on the hinge. And the price was right. We have about three or four of these kicking around and use them at shows with barn board between the rungs to create shelves. All found curbside or bought for pennies at yard sales.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Yet another

Or maybe this one.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


It's all very simple really. I want this car:

or this one. Maybe it's the color.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Campaign Bed

I've always had a weakness for campaign furniture: chairs, table, beds and so on that were portable; easily folded, enabling them to be moved from place to place during a military campaign. Or safari.

This cast iron, full double bed was shown today at the Flamboro Antique Show at its Milton location. It still hadn't sold when we left and was very reasonably priced at under $300.00. A few years ago it would have quickly sold for $1200.00

As much as I loved it, I don't have the room or the customers any more.

On the drive home we stopped at a yard sale and bought a straw covered jug. When I started to clean it out it seemed as though something was stuck in there. Shining a light in, I saw some rope and got the the little grabber tool to get it out.

Not a rope.

Other people find gold, diamonds, good stuff. I bought a bottle of snake wine. Sorry, I didn't take any pics, I just tossed it. I'm not particularly squeamish, we've dealt in taxidermy and medical oddities, but I still tossed it.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Hump back trunk

This trunk was one of the first things we ever bought. July fourth weekend 1969, we went to a neighbour's yard sale. Our neighbour was the Lovin' Spoonful's Zal Yanovsky. We also bought a bookcase and a Beatles poster. Zal and his wife Jackie Burroughs had split up and he was selling the house and leaving town. He ended up in Kingston Ontario, produced a television show and eventually opened a restaurant, Chez Piggy which became and remains a local legend. We kept the trunk and bookcase but foolishly sold the poster.

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting burnt and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright

Happy Fourth of July.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


You can have your Louis V or Goyard or Globetrotter or T. Anthony, but frankly it's a set of hornback croc that makes me want to leave the mancave for a little R&R.

But only if you're motoring or have a private railway car.

You don't want to be hauling these from one end of LAX to the other. And then having to explain to Customs why this case predates the CITES convention on endangered species and is perfectly acceptable and should be not seized.

Believe me it's a lot of paperwork to get it back.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day

Just the best Canada pennant ever.