This time of year without fail I go to Canada's largest antique show, the Christie Antique & Vintage Show. Held outside covering acres of fields the show is how I've kicked off summer for at least 20 years. Also they have good french fries. The show has been cancelled since the start of the Ick. :(
It won't be reopening until 2022. So today we're going to take a look back at what I bought on my last trip to Christie's in 2019. The same way old beer bellied jocks retell the story of some play they made 40 years ago.
I'm also going to update you on whether it was a GOOD purchase or a BAD one.
Way back, I posted about my day long trip to the Christie Antique Show and asked you to have a look around the photos for what you think I picked up. This egg scale is now in my house. The clipboard and sofa are not. Those are the two things I intended to look for and buy at the Christie Show this year. But a soon as my feet landed on the field grounds, both of those things flew right out of my brain and made their way home, leaving me there, overwhelmed with all the other options.
vintage egg scale - $20
Any of you who are regular readers with a good eye, noticed the egg scale in my post on organizing my cabinets drawers.
I still like and have my egg scale, but it's in the basement and I'm not using it. So maybe a bad purchase?
So that was an easy one. But did you guess that I also picked up sticks?
Sticks - $1 each ($10 for 10 sticks)
That's right. I was peer pressured by Pink Tool Belt to buy a bundle of sticks. She walked out with beautiful white cast iron urns that were a fraction of the price they should have been, yet she encouraged me to pick up sticks. I have a plan for them. I'm either going to build an onion/garlic drying rack with them for my front porch, or a hanging herb dryer for my kitchen.
Those sticks were a GREAT purchase. I did indeed end up making an herb drying rack you can see it here.
And then there's this photo. I could very well have bought ANYTHING in this photo and in fact almost bought the black cast iron urn (it came as a pair of urns). But I didn't get the urns, I let my sister Pink Tool Belt have them. I got the ....
Candelabras - $???
... brass candelabras. Which both of my sisters didn't like. And were quite vocal about not liking. I think they hated them. Which is weird because they're everything all of us normally love. I, on the other hand do in fact love them.
I especially like them with my farmhouse table and the white mid-century things in my dining room. The candelabras were $65 each, but now that I have them at home, I took another look at the tag and they were supposed to be $65 for the pair! So I'm going to have to email the vendor. Luckily I grabbed one of her cards before I left. Otherwise I wouldn't have any idea who I got them from.
I still love my candelabras and they move around the house as I see fit. One is currently in the foyer, and one in the kitchen.
This is another shot that could go either way. Did I get the cutlery pouches or the bug book?
Bug book - $5
The bug book for the win. I was sold on it from the cover and subject matter but when I opened it and found it's also filled with these great illustrations I decided I'd pay anything they wanted for it.
I reference this bug book ALL the time!
The rugs ...
This is the rug guy that's at the show every year. For the past couple of years I've bought a rug from him every time I visit the show. I use them as a long row of scatter rugs from my front door to the back of the house.
Turkish rug - $90
Well, yes the rug is still down and looking great with the rest of my Turkish scatter rugs.
And this next photo. What do you think I got from here?
Egg crate - $40
I bought the egg crate. Because as I fully explained in this post, I very desperately needed an egg holder.
I did NOT need another egg holder. It sits in the basement. Probably a bad purchase but I knew that.
And now a couple of things that weren't in the photos from the Christie post. I also bought a bench. But not just any bench. I've been looking for a bench for a couple of years now but they were either too much money or the style wasn't just right. Not that I knew what the right style was, I just knew what wasn't the right style.
The bench I bought is a Canadian Armed Forces bench from their training facility.
Armed Forces bench - $120
I love this bench. It's painted and a little different than every natural wood bench you see in the way it looks because the legs are foldable. You can just fold them up and the bench turns into a flat piece you can store or carry anywhere.
I just like the way the hardware looks on it with the metal braces and the chains underneath.
This bench is one of my most favourite Christie Antique show purchases. I didn't know it at the time but I really, REALLY love this bench.
Ironstone crock - $25
Finally, as I often do, I bought a piece of ironstone. This is just an inexpensive jug (some of them are hundreds of dollars) for keeping flowers in throughout the summer. In the winter, it might graduate to a pot for a tiny countertop Christmas tree.
And finally (I bought a LOT this sale) ...
I got a bread box! A cream enamel bread box with a small glass knob.
I gave the bread box to my sister to sell in her store, lol. It was a beautiful bread box, but I couldn't justify the space it took up in the kitchen.
And there you have it. I won't have another chance to make bad decisions at Christie's until June of 2022.
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Ooh the candelabras are fantastic Karen, the garden book is my close second though.
Those wire baskets are great to guard yummy tender young shoots from hungry rabbits and deer. The cages used for tree roots work too, wrapped with chicken wire. Pin them down until the leaves are darker green and not as tasty. I rescued my heuchera from those savage deer chewing them down to the ground. By the time they were 12" tall, dark red and hairy and deer had moved on to greener pastures...
But I still need help with voles, those little bulb-eating monsters! Any suggestions?
The art of doing stuff? The sticks you bought, you could’ve built the egg crate and saved money you think? One lady had the right idea on the baskets to protect young plants. I really like the that egg scale I really like, if it’s just getting dusty in the basement, ship it to me lol. The bug book was a Great find! Keep having fun
I loved this update post!
My mom has that very same egg scale and I love it!
I have it too, Julie, and 5 others that make it a collection!
There’s always Aberfoyle 🥰
Awwww I wuz gonna say that! 😕
Aberfoyle is equally dangerous. I went on Sunday and I came home with two of the largest, most questionably upholstered chairs in existence. ~ karen!
Wire chicken basket- make a chandelier for the outdoor or coop area....
What is your sisters stores name? Does she have a website?
Wow y'all have the coolest stuff at that Christie's sale--I love reading about all the wonderful stuff you've found there. Really sad they didn't have the sale this year, y'know...being that it's held outside and all. 🙄
So you didn't keep the bread box as a measurement device, so you'd know--while explaining to someone--which particular items are bigger 'n a breadbox?
Soooo, scanning through all the replies, I found one from me almost exactly 2 years ago when I wrote that I’d love to hear the result of the candelabra price “mistake”. Did you ever get any money back or just chalk it up to experience?
I think you should have bought the mannequin instead of the egg basket that way you could have had company during the ICK year! LOL!
Oh, I so wish I were nearer to this "yard sale" I just love things like this. I do spend the summers in Vermont and go to every "junk" place I can find they are nothing like this. Here in California we don't have anything like this. I an so envious.