What's old is new

This is my place to show off the items I would call vintage, things I have either refinished or kept as is and find interesting. I am still a kid at heart bringing home what some might call junk and am always in search of that buried treasure. I am not a picker and I am not a hoarder, working with my hands on my own time repairing or refinishing the things I find brings me peace of mind and time to myself to contemplate whatever has transpired in my life or time to just zone out and concentrate on the task at hand. Some items for sale or possible trade just ask..click on my profile and send me an email.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Thanksgiving Antique hunting at Southworks Outlet & Antiques

The end tables were the focus here till my GF spotted the Green and Yellow Formica table with Dutch Girl. $85 for the Formica was decent we may go back another day and have another look (my GF is dutch btw). Ooh and there is a gold match to my chrome trio lamp.

another great piece

$595 with painted plywood for a lid and no guts on the inside (a little steep even for Coke)

I have this lamp in orange sans the shade, $75 for this one I think I paid $5 for mine in a salvage yard.

I think this was an original and not a new copy, I flipped it over and basically took it apart. All tags were missing but the material looked like it had age to it

Looks like Pyrex but had no label or stamp, I liked the drizzled glaze look.

May have to sell some blood one day to finally get a brass blade in really good condition

this has a great mid century look to it 
Spent Thanksgiving north of the border in one of my favourite antique malls "Southworks Outlet & Antiques" mall. The building(s) the Southworks occupies used to be a foundry in the mid 1800s where engines were built (steam I presume). You can read on the history by clicking the Southworks link in my Sites Of Interest list. I love this place but find the pricing to be a little high which is likely due to the high rate charged for space rental even though it's in Cambridge which is about an hour from Toronto and about 30-45 mins from Hamilton it still receives a lot of traffic coming from both those areas to pay the higher prices so I guess it all evens out. For myself it's mostly a fact finding mission and a means of inspiration for when I start feeling a little creative or am looking to see what's catching peoples attention. I'm not one for writing about each individual piece and it's history, I think those of you who know what your looking at can come up with your own conclusion.


  1. The pulls on that credenza are unique. I've never seen any like those. That looks like a great place to spend an afternoon...and some money.

    1. That Credenza was kinda cool. Of all the Antique malls I've been to in Ontario this one is my favourite and it is a HUGE building. I almost dropped some cash on a late 1800s map of Canada and some equally old lithograph flora and fauna prints but opted to take down the vendors info and contact them later to see what else they have. Next week if all goes well I'll be off to auction and dropping some cash on a pair of ornate cast iron barn trolleys and maybe some similar pieces.