Christie’s Antique Show & Sale Part II

Twice every year, at the end of May and the beginning of September, Christie Conservation Area in Greensville, Ontario becomes the site to Canada’s largest Antique Show & Sale.

Two weekends ago my sister and I filled our pockets with cash and headed up there.   My sister’s pockets were filled with actual bills, my pockets were only filled with change.   Which made me look like I had suspicious growths all around the front area of my thighs and on my bum.

That’s lesson number one in antique show shopping.  Don’t carry a purse.  Don’t carry anything.  You’ll need both hands for grabbing, picking and poking all the boys at the show.  Plus, there’s the added bonus that your hands will be free to check out all the antiques, too.

To give you an idea of just how huge the Christie show is, here’s a map of the show layout. It was also scrunched up in the pocket of my jeans along with my change, some gum, my driver’s license, an iPhone, some napkins, a few Advil and a multitude of business cards  picked up along the way.   By the end of the day I looked like I had a mild case of Elephantitis.

My last post on the Christie’s brought us up to the middle of the show.  Here for your viewing pleasure, is the second half of the Christie Antique Show as seen through my eyes.

I bought two things at this year’s show. Both of which are shown in the above pictures.

And I’ve given you a pretttyyyyy large clue as to what they are.

In Friday’s post I’ll reveal the 2 things I bought and exactly what I’m going to do with them. And in case you are swayed by the fact that my pockets were only filled with change and napkins, keep in mind … stuck smack dab in the middle of that conservation field, was a bank machine.


  1. Nicole says:

    Well, I was at Christie’s fall show today, and the pink furniture, the bear and that expensive burl wood bowl were still there…!

    • Karen says:

      Nicole – Hah! Can’t believe someone hasn’t snapped up the multi-thousand dollar bowl. :) I didn’t make it this year. I opted for the Locke Street Festival instead, where I got a really great chicken feeder for $5. ~ karen!

  2. Maggie says:

    haha, your old pale wood joke made me laugh out loud. It made me think of my two favourite sayings… toeier than a Roman sandal, and hornier that a Viking’s hat rack ;)

  3. janet @ordinary mom says:

    My guess is rope & candlestick (cause you like old and light wood) ?

    Or maybe the bed frame. Hmmmm….

  4. Samantha says:

    I’ve walked those ‘roads’ many years and this year had to miss it. :( Stinkin wedding…who gets married on Christie’s weekend?

  5. marilyn says:

    karen great post! so funny, loved the keith richards reference! i couldnt go this year but am definitely not missing september.i’m guessing the christmas balls, the greige holders,something red and white.loved that pink set pinkalicious!! it was so cool! and those retro chairs were pretty great too.glad you had so much fun and thanks for sharing. i personally di not like the mannequins eyes they were really creepy!

  6. amy walters, aDESIGNdock says:

    Great finds ;)

  7. Marti says:

    Great pictures and write-up, Karen! The mannequin’s weird eyeballs creeped me out. You bought him, right?

    And the Keith Richards comment made me burst out laughing! Thanks again for the free eyeball fun!

  8. Cleme says:

    why is it that I have a feeling it’s the rope and the multicoloured glass Christmas balls? I guess as most people did, the rope is kinda obvious, and the balls because you mentioned the whole box was for $10, which sounds cheap… so, those two are my guesses…
    although I do hope you bought something from that red and white kitchenware because it’s just lovely… great pictures!!

  9. Sara says:

    LOVE this post! This event looks like so much fun. I’m jealous of your sisters loot!

    Why would your children beat any sort of bowl with a spoon on New Year’s eve? Is that a Canadian tradition?

    Also, for the readers who don’t enjoy the purple ad page, simply hit refresh on the browser. The update to the page takes it away.

    • Karen says:

      Ooo good suggestion Sara! You’re right. The ad only shows up once per IP address per day, I believe.

      • Katherine says:

        It showed up several times for me today, but I was catching up on several days worth of posts. It is pretty obnoxious…

  10. That mechanical cow is so AWESOME beyond words! I hope that’s what you got! ;)

  11. Christina says:

    I really really really wish I knew of any sales like this in my area (West Michigan). I’m always reading about bloggers’ adventures at antique and flea markets and it makes me so jealous. I’ve tried searching on the internet with no luck. Do you have any tips on how to locate good antique shows or flea markets?

    I bet you are being tricky and didn’t really buy the rope. Beyond that I’m not going to venture a guess because I don’t like being wrong. Ha.

  12. Lisa in IL says:

    I’m guessing a pedicure is what you bought once your toes came out of the boots and into your sisters flip-flops.

  13. shari says:

    I’m going old pale wood. How old is that boyfriend of your’s?

  14. kristin says:

    Awww. I wish we had one of those sales in this province. Everything is so new and from IKEA here.

  15. Jamieson says:

    I’m voting for the rope and the weird old trannyquin (beard + boobs??) because you showed herm twice. I’m considering the fries a red herring.

  16. Marie says:

    I hope you bought a dough bowl and will teach us how to properly clean it up so it can be used. Have to agree with you on the mannequin and Viola, just lovely.

  17. Barry says:

    “My sister found it annoying. I find the way she phones me while she’s loudly crunching her way through a bag of potato chips annoying. So we’re even.” hahahahaha I hate the way my brother mumbles on the phone so I’m always like, “WHAT?!”

    Awesome pics, btw.

  18. Diane says:

    I’m betting you bought some of the ‘red and white’ and the stair/step thing.

  19. brie says:

    the bowls. a bowl. something round-shaped and able to hold items or food?

  20. Christina says:

    I’m also voting rope and french fries!

  21. Wendy says:

    Great pictures Karen! I enjoyed the show but felt many things were overpriced. I have this thing for cake stands and sadly left all of them behind.

    I’m guessing the rope will be worked into a DIY project for our chicken friends :)

    • Karen says:

      Wendy – There are very few “deals” at Christie’s. I figured that out years ago. It’s a place to go if you’re desperate to find something in particular or something so unique you couldn’t find it anywhere else. There were some “average” priced items, but yes, a lot is expensive! Fun to look though. ~ karen

  22. Liz S. says:

    First, that mannequin is creepy as can be! It has a man’s head and a woman’s body!

    I’m guessing you bought some red and white kitchen stuff and the steps. I love the red and white kitchen stuff. I’m working on doing my kitchen in blue and white. I need more blue and white accessories to set out to go with my blue and white checkered curtains.

  23. Celia says:

    Oh I miss the Christie’s Antique Shows. I used to go all the time when I was living in Toronto. One of the things I really miss about that city. Oh well. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Alexandra says:

    I’m not a man, but I want that model boat.

    And I have no idea why.

    Also, Karen, this:

    if (typeof ord==’undefined’) {ord=Math.random()*10000000000000000;} document.write(”);

    …was under your “Home and Garden directory” button. Just FYI. Might just be my computer, I don’t know :)

    • Karen says:

      Alexandra – Thanks! I know about the script error. It’s from a wonky ad that’s running on my site. I just took it down until I can fix it. ~ karen

  25. Charlene says:

    “this show has more pale old wood than date night at the Swedish retirement home”

    After a line like that how can I not have just a wee bit of a creepy fan-girl thing going on? Brilliantly written.

  26. Jeanne says:

    I opt for the cruddy old steps for some plants or a retro chair. Close second was that beautiful blue bowl–couldn’t decide. All depends what mood you were in that day! Looked like you had a lot of fun!

  27. In your shot, the Fitflops outnumber the Hunter boots!

    • Karen says:

      Laurel – I tried my sister’s Fitflops on the next day and HOLY CRAP, I can’t believe how comfortable they are! I want a pair! ~ karen

  28. sue says:

    You bought the rope and some red and white items…though, maybe a wooden bowl. The fries looked delish. It breaks my heart to see so many 78’s just getting tossed away when I go to auctions, but I don’t have the money or space to rescue them. If I had a gramaphone, that would be super, what a fantastic touch for what sounds like a just perfect setting and day.

  29. liz says:

    I would be staring at the mannequin for entirely a different reason….hoping it didn’t come alive and get me in the night :(

  30. Vicki says:

    Hi, loved the pics, but the text on a purple background was virtually impossible to read with these old eyes!

  31. Shauna Rudy says:

    Just curious — was there something special about the rope? It wouldn’t have caught my eye, but I’m sure I’ll see it in some future post and think, “D’oh! Why didn’t I think to use rope like that!” I would have bought the banister posts and doughbowls. Beautiful.

  32. Sk Farm Girl says:

    Firstly, your ma ‘n pa must so proud to have two such good looking girls! Must say my fav’rit item is the pale, old wooden man – love his “patina”! I have an ol’ pale man myself, so I’m a litte partial to them – LOL! My fav’rit photos would be the “self” reflection in the mirror – love the rope as your prop! And my other is the “shoe shot” – I always love shoe shots! Can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with your acquasitions! Cheers my friend!

  33. Alison says:

    I just snorted and laughed so hard! “…this show has more pale old wood than date night at the Swedish retirement home” Oh my god! You are so funny!

  34. Michelle says:

    Given there is one picture of your hand holding yummy french fries, and another picture of you with rope slung over your shoulder those are my votes for the two things you bought.
    You should have sprung for the bear though – who doesn’t need a giant teddy bear? ;)

  35. Angela says:

    rope and a bowl. although i wish one of the items was viola.

  36. Jenn says:

    Also, the site amuses me with the actual board walk. Pretty cool, that.

  37. Jenn says:

    Rope, for sure.

    I think your mannequin might be a saint. I see him dressed in robes looking at a penitent with that mild eye.

    I’m betting you bought the crappy old steps. I would have. Plant pots and heaven.

    • Karen says:

      Jenn – Yup! Bought the rope. Or maybe I’m just screwing with you. Or maybe I bought the rope. Hmm. So hard to tell with me. ~ karen

      • Bill Grigg says:

        It could just be the rope she likes to walk around with. Not that she has ever said she walks around with rope, but it wouldn’t surprise me. You can do a lot of stuff with rope and gum boots. Some of it is even legal!

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