Friday, June 29, 2012

Panasonic Solid State

Our new boyfriend (the record player obviously), plays LPs and 45s and folds up snug as a bug in a rug. But the BEST part, is that it can take batteries so you can bring it to the park with your Pimms that I told you about a few weeks ago and you will officially be the most romantic person alive.

ps- my number is 416.649.0042 if you want to take me out xoxo

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Fathers Day

Photo of my Dad and my kid
You'd better come by tomorrow and pick up something bad ass for dear old Dad. Like a pair of antlers!
 Vintage scotch glasses $30/set of 4
 Small antlers $65
 Vintage soaps $5

Canadiana book $59.95

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Photos from the Flea

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Junction Flea and to Kalpna Patel for taking these photos while I was too insane to even take a few iphone pictures like the true maniac I was Sunday.
 custom letterpress!
 tarot cards in the airstream!

 so much bunting!

K, I'm going to stop bombarding you with Junction Flea stuff now I swear.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

blogTO Loves the Junction Flea!

Selling the past at the Junction Flea

Posted by Rick McGinnis / JUNE 11, 2012
Junction FleaThe Junction got a brand new high style flea market this weekend, when an empty lot on Dundas West hosted a collection of antique dealers, craftspeople, artists and food sellers in an event "curated" by neighbourhood antique and curio shop Russet & Empire. There were no used children's toys or grey-market DVD players at this flea - the word "curated" was used in the promo materials, and with good reason; there was an aesthetic at work, in the service of a very contemporary way of looking at the past and the old stuff it has left behind.
On a patch of rubble that was once home to McBride Cycle, a few dozen vendors set up on a sunny Sunday morning to see if the Junction can be home to the sort of upscale flea that's been a hit in New York with the Hell's Kitchen and Brooklyn Fleas. If any single item could sum up what was on offer, it would probably be Pyrexware, that cheerfully-coloured and impeccably practical product of postwar domestic prosperity, which made appearances all over the Junction Flea in everything from the evergreen stacked bowls to food containers and tea service plates.
Junction FleaJunction Flea TorontoNext to the fence by the entrance, another vendor was selling Solair chairs, those brightly-hued plastic dish chairs known informally as "motel chairs" - another example of the postwar nostalgia that filled the tables. One vendor featured a display of Blue Mountain pottery, another filled a table with skinny ties a la Mad Men, each helpfully packaged with a card giving instructions on how to tie a four-in-hand knot.
Junction FleaJunction FleaJunction Flea MarketThere were booths selling crafts and art as well, including mixed media artworks by Casey Von Esteban, toys and puzzles from designer Jen Bulthuis, and silkscreened textiles from the husband and wife team Bookhou. At one table, there was even a textile artist named Jane Jacobs - the most wholly evocative name you could have at a place like this. The new stuff was of a piece with everything else on show, presented with whimsically retro touches and made from "honest" material - wood, leather and natural fibres.
The food tables were just as well-matched, featuring tidy plates of gyozu dumplings, popovers, handmaid fruit ices and baked goods. At one table by the Red Canoe Airstream trailer that hosted a fortune teller, I met@erindemille and @gringogidget (in some circles, Twitter has utterly supplanted Facebook), who had spent the last two days baking up a table of treats including two-person bundt cakes and cookies with flavours, like pistachio toffee and maple bacon, that sold themselves simply by being read aloud.
Junction FleaPicking through the antique dealers' tables, though, it was hard not to imagine that so much of what was on offer, from the well-preserved sets of Tupperware patio mugs to bits of teak and a huge orange shag throw, were little totems whose purchase was meant to bring back memories of summer weeks spent with the grandparents of the twentysomething crowd that's revitalizing the Junction.
The high end of the antique market is filled with stunning objects traded on their intrinsic value, while the low end, at places like the Junction Flea, is where people reconnect with memories they'd like to revive or reacquire, where the price tags are connected by an invisible thread to a cottage sold years ago, or a summer before high school, at precisely the last time family was as important as friends or peers.
the junction fleaThe Junction FleaJunction FleaMy favorite item, however, was an amateur oil portrait set up front and centre, of a serenely self-satisfied looking man in a red smoking jacket and ascot, in front of a sky streaked with green and featuring two hovering UFOs. The dealer told me he'd bought it in Miami years ago, and that it was of a science fiction writer who once had a cult following, a man who insisted that he'd been an alien abductee. The signature - "Betty Hodges" - had so far turned up nothing but a mystery. He said he'd traded it for an item worth at least five hundred bucks, but he said he'd be willing to sell it for $350. I couldn't help but think that the story of how Miss Hodges' painting had ended up here was far more interesting than any tale of alien abduction.
The Junction Flea is set to be monthly for the summer; the next Flea will be on July 8th.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stelton vacuum jug

Stelton jug $65

Do you know about Stelton vacuum jugs? I have one at home and it is one of my favourite things of all time. It's a thermos, with a rocker stopper that you use to transport Pimms Cups in your bike basket to the park. I recommend only adding the Pimms, mint, cucumbers, lemons, and ice and transporting the mix separately so you can fit a whole liter of booze in here. Plus it looks like a bird. A beautiful cream coloured bird filled with sweet nectar.

Pimms Cup Recipe (your welcome):
  • 1 3-inch piece English cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch slices, plus 2 spears (for garnish)
  • 3/4 cup Pimm's No. 1*
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 sprigs each fresh rosemary, thyme, and mint
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 fresh strawberries, halved
  • Ginger beer, chilled

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