Monthly Archives: August 2016

Retro in Toronto

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Retro in Toronto

After several trips to Toronto in this past year to visit one of our sons, I have compiled quite a few snapshots of life there.

I love to see how others do “vintage”. I also am a history buff so visiting an old city is full of inspiration.

This beautiful city does not disappoint.

Of course, what kind of vacation would it be if we didn’t check out the local eateries?

The Lakeview is on old diner. It was featured on the popular television show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

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The Kit Kat is a great Italian place, nestled in an old building downtown. You have to walk through the kitchen and around a large tree growing up the center of the restaurant.

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I love the neon signs. And the food.

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Did I mention how pretty the currency is in Canada? It is in mid-century colors: aqua, green and lavender. It makes it much more fun to spend! They match my vintage French wallet.

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We always managed to hit up some vintage shops. Like any big city, prices are high but still fun to look. Someone made a cool Christmas scene in this old television.

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Retro and mid-century lighting:

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And of course you must go to a Farmers Market. This is the biggest one in Toronto.

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We also took a boat ride to the Islands. How cool is this Tiki themed taxi-boat?

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This was the counter in a coffee shop.

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Pretty macarons in a French Bakery:

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This is the Canadian National Exposition, similar to a Worlds Fair for Canada. The fairgrounds are quite old.

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I am a little obsessed with chairs. Here is some retro seating in the reception area of our sons office.

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This chair is just crazy cool. Love the little tray for your laptop, paperwork or coffee.

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This cool light fixture is in the historic Drake Hotel. They have an awesome brunch.

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We do lots of walking when there. I love to snap photos of mid-century architecture. Look at those railings on the balconies of this apartment building.

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This 1877 building is all that remains of the old Central prison. It is the former chapel. As you can see it sits among the high rises and is protected from demolition.

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We love the coffee shops. And old pots. And coffee.

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Some vintage themed travel posters:

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This cool motorcycle shop was a must see:

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They like Richie and the Fonz as much as we do.

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I hope you enjoyed these few snippets of our travels this past year. These little trips were a nice distraction from the long reno going on here at home.

Come back soon as I fess up about my latest obsession: vintage bedding. My collection is outgrowing my linen cabinets.

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Thrifting the Summer Away

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I thought I would share a few things I have picked up this spring and summer at yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets.

This big stack of atomic star burst melamine dinner plates were at a local thrift store. How cool are these! The blue and gray go perfect in my new kitchen.

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Love me some Blendo.

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And several pieces of this dinnerware. It closely resembles the Biscayne pattern. The colors are great for the fall months.

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We also made it to a once-a-month flea market out of town. This trip did not disappoint!

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These Christmas (?) ceramic holly leaf candy dishes are just so cool. I love the speckled colors. And sweet Rudolph! I am always on the hunt for Kitschmas items.

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A bargain hunting friend found me this pair of goldish-yellow chairs with original Frieze upholstery for $25 at a garage sale! I still don’t know what I am going to do with them but for that price I just could not pass them up.

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Here is the mate:

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Here are more thrift store goodies. I am loving the Fire King Spring Wreath pattern and always trying to find more pieces. I think the open baker turquoise Pyrex is a little more rare than the divided dish. The salad bowl reminds me of my mom 🙂

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This tablecloth is large enough for my big kitchen table AND it matches my aqua and orange themed kitchen.

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Well, these are just a sampling of my newest stash.

I promise to post more of my finds in the next week or so.

How about you? Has this summer been good for thrifting?