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are you coming to the flea?
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Item of the Week: Black on White Daisy JAJ Pyrex
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Facebook Sale!
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We’re Having an Online Sale!
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Leslieville at the Ashbridge Estate
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Harbourfront in June
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Upcoming Events
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Getting Burnt Out on Collecting
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Item of the Week: Vintage Fisher-Price Play Family Camper
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Collector Series: Mary Wald’s Place

are you coming to the flea?

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Many flea markets have closed up shop for the colder months, but we are still going strong! Lulu & Lolie will be at the Leslieville Flea this Sunday from 10am until 5pm. We’re doing something a little different to clear out our summer stock (which means some excellent prices!), and will be hosting our own booth as well as sharing a booth with fellow flea vendors Bragg & Bee.

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We hope to see you at the flea!

Item of the Week: Black on White Daisy JAJ Pyrex

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We are always excited to come across Pyrex in a pattern or colour we’ve never seen before. Earlier this week, Lucy came across this great JAJ Pyrex piece. We’ve seen the daisy pattern in white on pink, and in pictures we’ve seen white on turquoise and black on yellow, but never have we seen black on white! So what can we tell you about this piece? Not a whole lot, as it seems to be quite rare, but we will do our best.

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Pink Daisy was produced in the US beginning in 1957. In Britain, white on turquoise daisy and yellow on black daisy were part of the gaiety line of  Pyrex, which began production in the mid-1950s, so these dishes were most likely produced in the late. You can see some beautiful examples of these dishes on vintage jennay’s flickr page.

the size and shape of  the dish is  the same as the larger of  these two black on white snowflake JAJ dishes, also made in the 1950s..

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Based on when similar dishes were in production, it would make sense that the black on white daisy dish was made around the same time, but we can not be completely sure as there are always those really rare special pieces that were made as prototypes or factory employee specials. In any case, it is a very unique and interesting piece, and we are so glad to be able to share it with you!

Facebook Sale!

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We have some great stuff this time around. JAJ, charcoal snowflake, butterprint, promos, and more!

We’re Having an Online Sale!

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We’ve done a few online sales now through our facebook page, and while we have had a lot of locals, we have also been so glad to be able to share our wares internationally. If you’d like to check it out, be on our page on Friday, July 4th, at 7pm eastern time. We’ll post a peek at some items that will be available, closer to the date!

Leslieville at the Ashbridge Estate

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Have you ever been to the Ashbridge Estate? Although I have lived in this city my entire life, I had never seen, nor heard of this place. It is right across from the Street Car Yards on Queen St, and it is incredible. The building itself is beautiful, but the grounds are something else. I love finding out about new pockets of loveliness in this city. We did enjoy last summers’ fleas behind the Duke, but this site is a lot prettier, and provides a lot more shade. It’s also right down the street from the Leslieville Farmer’s Market. Fresh produce & great vintage is my kind of Sunday outting!

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This little guy hung out at the Flea all day long.

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We’ll be back at the Ashbridge Estate every third Sunday of each month. We hope to see you there in July!

Harbourfront in June

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It was such a beautiful day at the Flea! The market space at Harbourfront is great. There are several tents set around a patch of fake grass (astroturf has come a long way in the past several years!). It was the perfect place to wander around and see all the vendors had to offer, and was a lot more spacious than our usual spots.

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We set up beside Leslieville regulars Bragg & Bee. They are so much fun, and have great stuff to offer.

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Such a perfect day!

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It was nice to see all the people (and adorable dogs too) coming through.

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I love that vintage picnic set for two, in the Bragg & Bee booth!

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Lucy put together an awesome display, as always. I think Harbourfront is my favourite space we’ve set up in so far.

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The lake was just a few steps away from the Flea. It was nice to walk around and take in the views. There is a lot to do and see in the area, so the Flea fits in perfectly into a nice day out in the city.

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If you missed us, we’ll be back at Harbourfront next month. We’ll also be at the Ashbridge Estate two Sundays from now. We hope to see you then!

Upcoming Events

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We’re doing something a little different this summer. Not only will we be at the Leslieville Flea every third Sunday of each month, but we will be at the Harbourfront Market (also run by Leslieville) the first Sunday of each month. That’s two markets a month, in different locations so more people have a chance to come out. We are very excited to kick things off this coming Sunday, June 1st at Harbourfront Centre. We hope to see you there!

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photo taken from google maps

If you aren’t local, but still want to get in on the action, we have been hosting online sales through our facebook page, and will be continuing these throughout the summer months. Keep your eyes open for updates! If you miss out on a sale, don’t forget to check back for items that may not have sold. As always, if you see something you like on our page, send us a message!

photo taken from google maps

photo taken from google maps

 

Getting Burnt Out on Collecting

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Have you ever been there? When you’ve been collecting something for a long while and have found most common pieces, as well as most of your fairly attainable favourites, it’s rare that you come across something new while out hunting. Sometimes what you love collecting rises in popularity and suddenly becomes so much harder (and much more expensive) to find any pieces. I think we’ve both been a little burnt out on Pyrex collecting lately. It had been a while since either of us had come across any pieces we were looking for, and the prices online had gotten pretty extreme. We both still loved our collections, but collecting just didn’t seem as much fun anymore. That is, until we came across some new to us pieces. There is nothing like a great find to re-kindle that love of collecting!

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A Golden Hearts, a Yellow 502, and an Embroidery 443 was what it took. Suddenly we are back to being excited about searching out new pieces!

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If you’re feeling burnt out and want to re-kindle your collecting love, here are a few things that may help..

*stop looking – this can either mean taking a small break, or keeping a more open mind when visiting your usual collecting grounds. You never know what you’ll find!

*visit some new spots – find a vintage market, a new antique shop or a thrift you’ve never been to before, or a new online shop. You may get lucky in a new place.

*find some local collectors to trade with – they may have some great pieces you’re looking for and vice versa. We’ve met some great friends this way too!

*play around with what you have – re-arrange your displays, let some pieces go, or take some new photos to share

*if you’re involved in any online groups, you may need a little vacation from certain ones. Some collecting groups can be pretty intense, and sometimes can come with a lot of bragging. When I’m in a slump I know that seeing tons of pictures of great finds doesn’t help any, even if I am excited for the person who had a great haul. I’ve also had a friend say that seeing photos in groups led her to spend more on online auctions because she wanted the pieces so much more. Let’s face it though, some areas have way more available (mid-west US seems to be a gold mine for mid-century stuff!), and some people have more time to devote to treasure hunting. If you’re anything like me, a little break may be in order.

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Most of all, remember that collecting is supposed to be fun! If you’re not enjoying it, do something to change that.

Item of the Week: Vintage Fisher-Price Play Family Camper

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Of all the Fisher-Price play sets, this one is at the top of my list. It also doesn’t hurt that it includes a toilet! It is fun, adorable, and makes me think of all the fun of summer. The Play Family Camper (set #994) was introduced in 1973 along with a Houseboat (set #985) as part of a recreational vehicle line.

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The camper set consisted of a teal base truck with a removable camper section, and a boat on the top. Loose parts in the set included four little people figures (wood bodies with plastic heads) along with the little people dog, an umbrella table with two chairs, a picnic table with two chairs, a grill, a ladder, a toilet and sink, and a motorcycle. The colours of the pieces varied among sets put out in different years of production, but the camper, truck, and boat remained the same. The ladder is the most difficult piece to find for this set, most likely because it was not used in many Fisher Price sets so it is easily spotted as a Fisher Price product. Please note that our set is not complete in these photos.

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The truck had three seats for figures. Inside the camper were four built in beds with foam mattresses (these are often missing or heavily broken down), a main section with kitchen & counter lithos, a bathroom section with spots for the toilet & sink, double doors, and a little deck in back. The camper had a yellow string, and when pulled along it made a noise that was supposed to sound like a roaring engine.

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The Play Family Camper was discontinued in 1976. In 1979 a pop-up camper (set #992) was introduced as an updated version.

Collector Series: Mary Wald’s Place

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Black Westmoreland Mary Gregory Plates

Sorry the blog has been so quiet lately. It has been a busy time for us over here, but we are back with a post I am very excited about. I get to share an amazing collection from a long time flickr friend. Mary’s photo stream has been one of my favourites for several years. I have always been excited to see bits and pieces of her collection, not to mention photos of her adorable tortoise Tilda! Mary has collected and displayed some beautiful pieces, including the most amazing vintage plates I have seen (are the above plates not incredible?). She has a great eye, and great style. If you’d like to see more from her, she blogs at Mary Wald’s Vintage Place and runs an Etsy shop where you can be tempted by some beautiful vintage goodies. I am lusting over a few things in her shop, including this incredible milk glass cake stand and this Hazel Atlas holly punch bowl!

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Colorware Plates

Why did you start collecting/why were you interested in vintage?
I grew up surrounded by a family of collectors. Mom and Grandma were the gals I liked to hang out with the best. We would go to antique stores and rummage sales, thrifting before it was cool. They taught me how to indentify many of their favorite makers like Fenton, Fostoria, Westmoreland, and Lenox. Both of them taught me about quality, and the value of the story behind our treasures.

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Tell us about your favorite piece/pieces.
When we moved last year I liquidated most of my collections, simply hundreds of pieces. In fact all I kept were a handful of glass and pottery pieces, and a few plates from those collections. Now I have an excuse to have fun finding fresh vintage items.

The only pieces of Grandma’s that I kept are her Westmoreland Black Amethyst Mary Gregory Lattice Plates, and her little Walker Renaker Bisque Chicken. For years the plates hung on a peach wall, which really made them pop. We’ll see how they are on the white wall I have picked out.

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How do you display/use your collection?
Collections should be used, and displayed to enjoy. Locking things up in cupboards is a waste. At our place vintage canisters hold plants, creamers hold art supplies, and planters might hold almost anything. To me vintage plates are almost better up on the wall where you can see them all of the time instead of just on the table at meal time.

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Can you share a memorable story or moment with us?
A funny thing just happened recently. When I unpacked it was to find that the half a dozen vintage plates I kept all had birds on them. My collection used to have color ware from the thirties, florals from the forties, and glassware from the fifties. Here are the six that made the cut along with the one contemporary plate I kept, a chintzware with birds. Although, I have found some more bold colorware pieces that go great with them. Now all I have to do is get some plate hangers.

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I love those beautiful bird plates on top of the color ware! An unexpected, but perfect combination. I cannot wait to see these plates up on the wall. Thank you so much for sharing, Mary!

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