Saturday, 9 November 2013

Vintage Finds

Hi friends!!

So... as you know... I adore vintage decor. On a spur of the moment trip... my fiance and I decided to check out the Super Flea Market and Old Strathcona Antique mall. Needless to say I was in my element... beautiful china teacups... old trunks and luggage... vintage silver... I could have stayed in there for hours! Here are a few of the things I purchased:

These teacup/saucer combos I was able to find at both the Flea Market and Antique Mall. Each set cost under $10. While the flea market can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a hay sack... there are some great treasures if you have the time to look. As well, at the Flea Market you can barter with each vendor to get an even better deal whereas at the Antique mall prices are more fixed. Out of the two locations though, my favourite is The Strathcona Antique Mall. They have an enormous selection and almost anytime I turned my head I found something I fell in love with. They have everything from clothing, toys, furniture, you name it!

My favourite teacup of the lot

I bought these lovely mirrored trays at the Antique Mall. The larger one was $18 and the smaller one was $15. I thought they would look great to display perfume or jewelry!

Another mirrored tray ($12 from the Antique Mall) and a silver tray ($18 from the Flea Market) 

I have been looking for luggage for display purposes. These were perfect for what I had in mind and cost only $40 for the duo.

Check these places out and let me know what treasures you find!

Haiku Lane

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Haiku Lane

New Arrivals!!

Here is a sneak peek of some of the new items that will be appearing in my Etsy shop and my Christmas Craft Sales! 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Vintage Prop & Home Decor

Happy Monday Everyone!

Over the summer, as some of you may know, I was in several farmer's and craft markets. Many people would approach my tent merely because they were fascinated by my display. I would often get asked where I would get my vintage props and display items. As I did not have a blog before, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to address these questions in more detail!

First of all, I am an avid Etsy shopper. Most of my display and props come from Etsy. Yes shipping can be very high for the larger and heavier items but most of the time they are items that I have been unsuccessful in finding in local antique and vintage stores or the original price + shipping is lower than what I would pay in the antique shop. As well, it saves you the trouble of looking in dozens of stores (which counts for something when you don't have a lot of spare time on your hands).

Here are some of my favourite etsy shops that I have bought antique items from:

I got my lovely green piece of luggage from here. 

I'm in love with my vintage scale! It makes a great decor item on a book shelf or you can even use it to display jewelry like I do.

These rustic cabinets are actually meant for the kitchen (as you can see above) but I use them to hang jewelry. I think the shelf on the right would even make for a great perfume display! They are not actually "antique" per se but they have a great vintage inspired appearance. Shipping was quite high but they make for a great statement piece.

Other places to check out vintage and vintage inspired home decor and props:
  1. Home Sense
  2. Michaels
  3. Your local antique shop. My tip for you is don't turn down items that may have great potential. If the price is right sometimes a simple coat of new paint is all that an item may need! Look past any flaws that an item may have because those little details can be changed. For example you may find a beautiful antique chair with a stain on the fabric or painted a color that does not work with your decor. If you love the chair enough you can simply reupholster or repaint the chair in a color or fabric of your choosing.
  4. Charlie Ford: Great antique items from all over the world! She also shows you some amazing ways that you can decorate your house with these items.

Below are some antique shops around Edmonton. I have not been to them all however.

Old Strathcona Antique Mall
Google+ page
10323 - 78 Ave
(780) 433-0398

Corysia Antiques
Google+ page
13314 126 Ave NW #2
(780) 482-4414
6814 104 St NW
(780) 757-6777

Plum Home + Design
Google+ page
12407 108 Avenue
(780) 488-7586
10447 124 St NW
(780) 705-8505

Rocky Mountain Antique Mall
Google+ page
7025 Gateway Blvd NW
(780) 485-0020

My Grandma's Attic Ltd
1 Google review
12754 Fort Rd NW
(780) 757-1887

Hope you have found this post helpful!

I would love to see how you have used vintage items in your own decor.

Haiku Lane

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Haiku Lane

To my lovely readers and readers to come,

I am starting this blog mostly to document my adventures in my vintage jewelry creations, my travels to countries around the world, pretty little things that I see here and there, DIY ideas, my love for food and of course my everyday life. I am not sure where this blog will lead me but I am very excited where it has started.

Just a little about me so that you can understand the ideas (or obsessions...) behind some of my posts.
My name is Lindsay. I have always been the creative type. I love crafting, home decor, travel and fashion. I recently graduated from the University of Alberta with my Bachelor of Education degree. I currently work at an Out of School Care and love it. Last year in July 2012 I got engaged on the Eiffel Tower in Paris... so needless to say I am a wee bit obsessed with anything Paris right now. 

Animals are a big part of my life. I have a cat named Leroy and a rabbit named Pancakes. I am sure that we will have more pets to add to the mix in years (...or months??) to come.

That is all for now.

Haiku Lane