Mike’s General Store

There is a little antique shop I like.


They have reasonable prices and they are tidy and organized so finding things and picking things up to look at is not like an expensive game of Jenga. I got one of my cabinet card albums there, my stereoscope and some stereoscope cards and cabinet cards.

I picked up a few things there this past weekend.  Let me show you one…


It is a little carte de visit that I liked because it depicts a woman who is not tiny and she is wearing a skirt and shirtwaist that do not match.


Christmas on a dime

Because of a (hopefully temporary) loss of hours at work, hubby and I decided this needed to be a frugal Christmas.  The kids are independent adults now so they “get” the concept of budgeting and belt tightening so they are not asking for big things.  Boy number 1 (the world traveler) just wants to video chat on the day.  Good thing because mailing him anything with Canada Post on strike (again) he’d never get anything on time so it would be a waste of time.  Boy number 2 recently left the nest so all he wants is some house hold supplies… doable.

Hubby and I decided to stick mainly to inexpensive stocking stuffers so Dollarama was my go to place.  I did want to get him a few other things to unwrap so Value Village was my next stop.  I didn’t do to badly there.  Possible lesson learned: Christmas doesn’t have to break the bank.

My annual tradition is to buy myself a Christmas gift (as a reward for braving the stores) and I scored in the book section.  I got myself a couple of coloring books…the favorite being this one. IMG_20181220_191411004.jpg

Its coloring and a guessing game!

I bought myself a how to book. IMG_20181220_183656249.jpg

I know how to do most of this and obviously, there is YouTube. But I wanted it because it does have one section on lace making that I wanted to have in hard copy (so I can refer to it while watching Netflix).  I scored a tatting shuttle awhile back and I need to learn how to use it.  IMG_20181220_183730286.jpg

Hope you guys are getting on top of your Christmas to-do list!




More goodies

I haven’t been very productive and I haven’t been getting out much so I don’t have much to say for myself here.  So you get another post on my shopping sprees!

The last spree provided some vintage lace.  Don’t know what I will do with them but they will have a life with me.


There was a string of random buttons. I think someone may have been trying to make a charm string.

I will take a quote from a Sentimental Quilter.

“In Stories of Mother Goose, little Tommy Tucker says, ‘You know what a charm string is. Just ever so many pretty buttons strung together and worn around your neck.’ Nineteenth century folk wisdom had it that a girl should acquire 999 buttons on a string. When she added the thousandth, she would meet her Prince Charming.”

One more item…IMG_20180916_210704317

A print of a fashion plate from 1869.  This will look nice when framed and hung on my sewing room wall.

Flea market score: part 1

Sunday, the hubby and I celebrated 29 years of marriage.  I am a good wife and I know Sunday is football day so I suggested we celebrate on Saturday.  I am also a smart wife.  I asked the hubby on Saturday if he had bought my gift yet.  He hadn’t.  To his credit, I hadn’t bought his either.  So I suggested that we go to a flea market and we each buy something we want and that would be our gift from the other.  He agreed (likely was relieved to have gotten out of the horror of trying to shop for me.)

I “got” two things for the anniversary and I will share them both with you, dear readers, this week.

I got this lovely little doll!


Done in 1890’s style.


The skirt is velvet and the top so some sort of satin.


She now has a prominent space in the sewing room.

Another sale!

The Costume Museum of Canada is selling off some of the unaccessioned items that don’t fit the current need or mandate. Last month it was buttons and this month it was patterns, lace and some brickabrac. I scored again!

I got some carte de visited that I will share another time. I got some glove stretchers.

These will handy (pun intended) for the gloves I own which are too tight for my cubby paws.

I got some nice lace that will work as a lappet. 

So dainty.

I also got two prices of lace that may work on the skirt of my latest project or on sleeves.

I may be able to make my own lace with my very own lace thingy. Step one: learn what it is called.

I got an amazing collar that looks very Edwardian to me. It is about half the size of my neck so I will have to make some clever changes to it if I am ever to wear it.

I got another apron which I adore! 

And finally and very randomly I got a beaded hummingbird that I have hung in my car to give me joy while I drive.