Collecting Vintage Signs

Nothing takes us back in time like the advertising of a particular period. We connect to certain products whether it be oil and gas, tobacco, spice and food tins, soda or a variety of other items.

The Spirit of Antiques

Antique stores have always held a particular magic for me. The smell, the memories, the slumbering spirits and the stories. I like dust and rust and yellowing lace. Just close the door and leave the world behind for awhile. Don’t bring it in with you.

The Appeal of Flow Blue and Transferware China

Most people can appreciate the beauty of blue and white china. Most notably people favour the charm of flow blue and transferware pieces. This china (sometimes ironstone but more commonly semi-porcelain) is found in a vast variety of patterns – florals, landscapes, Asians designs and motifs and pastoral scenes.

Vintage Toys Have Character

Vintage Toys have character from being old and well-loved by children. You can imagine the stories they could tell if you listen closely. Margery Williams Bianco said it best in her delightful children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit. “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you.

What’s a Whimsy?

Merriam Webster describes it as a fanciful or fantastic device, object or creation. To me, whimsies are a little magical – objects that evoke warm memories and bring a smile to your face.

Ghosts in the Antique Store

Paranormal Investigator Mary Ann Winkowski visits South Hills Antique Store to speak to the ghosts. Every antique shop has its ghosts. Any I’ve met are welcome to stay. The spirits here are good ones!

Is Vintage Jewelry Valuable?

The monetary value of Vintage jewelry is all over the place. What appears to be a diamond studded bracelet could be worthless, yet that simple chain can be worth thousands. If you’ve ever purchased incredible looking vintage jewelry at a garage sale, you probably know that feeling of excitement wondering what it is worth.

First Nations Collectibles

The colorful artistry in First Nations beadwork reflects the beauty of our natural world. Intricate floral patterns, geometric designs and, less frequently, animal forms and symbols.