Two of a kind working on a full house

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Maybe you’re not a country music fan, but I am.   Die. Hard.  I go to concerts whenever and wherever I can.  I sing and play guitar.  I buy downloads of songs and for about five years I purchased every single issue of Country Weekly.  When I decided I wanted to train for and run a full marathon, it was the Country Music Marathon in Nashville that my sister, brother-in-law and I completed.  So this quote from a Garth Brooks (yes I have seen him in concert) song was just the ticket to describe my latest yard sale find.  Two perfect roseback side chairs.  Of course they didn’t look quite like this when purchased, but with a little TLC, some new fabric and the talent of Karen Stanley Hamilton (upholstery expert) they are all prettied up and ready to go.  I can hear them singing to each other now:    “So draw the curtain, honey turn the lights down low.  We’ll find some country music on the radio”.  Wait a second, now they’re dancing.   ALL the chairs are dancing.    And just like that there’s a party happening in the shop.

A sucker for a pretty face

Sometimes I leave the house with a list of things I know or feel clients will be looking for.  And come home, maybe with those things, but also with a few other bonuses.  It doesn’t only happen when I am shopping for Borrowed.  It happens pretty much every time I go into a store – grocery, clothing, whatever.  Drawn in by the beauty, uniqueness or feel of a certain item.

So a couple of weeks ago I was visiting the antique shops in Great Village, Nova Scotia, which I tend to do at least every other weekend.  I was looking for bottles, coloured glass goblets, bone china dinner plates…..and I came home with a stove!

My first reaction was that it was from the 50’s (mostly because of the colour)  but my initial research on the Guelph Stove Co leads me to believe it is likely from the 20’s or 30’s.   The colour is gorgeous and I can think of so many ways it could be used for wedding or wedding shower decor.    Want to be the first to borrow this beauty?  You can do that for $30 per event.

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On my way to Halifax

I am on my way to Halifax shortly to set up for my first bridal show – Brides 2013, which is tomorrow, January 27 from 10 until 4 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.  If you are going to be there, please drop by to say hello.  I am feeling nervous.   Meeting all of you vintage minded brides will make me feel better.   I love to talk about ideas and I am sure I will pick up some interesting ones – maybe you will too!   See you there!    Valerie

A really cool set of dominoes

I have long been meaning to start acquiring some vintage games to add to my rental collection and I finally started things off with this set of dominoes, which are stored in an equally cool cigar box.  A little handwritten note was taped to the inside of the box and reads as follows:  “Alma Dietrich’s Dad (Henry) had these dominoes in his “play” room over the Dietrich Bakery on King St. Kitchener 1899″  A google search didn’t turn up anything about the bakery, but I did find some info on one H. A. Dietrich, born 1865, occupation:  baker and later elected as a Alderman for Kitchener, ON.  I love it when the things I find have a back story, it just makes them so unique and special!

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If anyone is going to be at Brides 2013 this Sunday, please stop by to have a look and say hello!

Fun Monday Tour

Things have been kinda hectic lately, so I haven’t had a chance to go for my Monday cruise in a couple of weeks.   Today I found some really great things, including some monogrammed napkins and an embroidered table cloth.   What I never expected to find, and what I couldn’t believe I walked out of the store with, was a 1950’s/early 60’s vintage wedding gown(I am not an expert on dating clothing, but for several reasons, that is my guess).

I could immediately picture the original bride.  In my imagination she is wearing cat’s eye glasses, a poufy crinoline , wrist length white gloves and a birdcage veil.   Oh, and definitely a bullet bra because the darts come to a very distinct point!!

This dress is in good enough shape that it could be worn.   I would have guessed it to be about a size 10, but  I had someone try it on who wears size six and it fit her like a glove.   Well except for those darn pointy darts!    It has a layer of taffeta, a layer of ruffled tulle and then another layer of tulle.   It is a mixture of ivory and white.    I would add a sash, some awesome shoes and a birdcage veil and voila:   A modern vintage bride.

It would be wonderful as decor, on a vintage mannequin or dress form, which I have been trying to find BTW!

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