My Catch #1

Hey there, as some of you may know I had a pretty huge adventure on Saturday! While Bud was at the car show in Toronto (boring), I went hunting! And yes my eyes were WAY bigger than my budget (of course-I wanted everything) and even the amount of time in the day wasn’t enough! It’s not speed dating right? I had to take my time… I made it to 4 out of the 8 shops I had mapped out, let me just say I was not disappointed in the least, the opposite of that actually. I will be breaking up my shopping trip into 4 parts as the places I visited deserve their very own spot light…

My first stop, The Salvage Shop!

The salvage-shopI have linked their facebook page to this picture if you are interested in checking them out further, I highly recommend you do!

Looks ARE deceiving! Honestly when I was stopping at this spot I didn’t think I was going to get much, I ended up being at this place the longest of my whole day and had the most fun here! I walked in and a gentleman was sitting behind the counter with a bomber hat on, he looked a little intimidating, again looks are very deceiving…

I took my initial tour around the very large store, packed (but not crowded) with fabulous architectural salvaged pieces, old radios, cast iron piano legs, balustrades (from a castle), wooden printing blocks, channel letters from old building signage, so many spectacular things that I was completely blown away with the beauty and potential of it all!!!

Each time I toured around, each lap I took ( many, many laps) I couldn’t help but notice the banter and friendly chatter between the staff, it encouraged me to start asking questions. I started talking to the gentleman in the bomber hat, Roy the owner. He has a very serious way about him, but he is a very sweet man who knows his stuff!!! He’s old school, honour and a hand shake mean a great deal to him! He has the wonderfully amazing shop I first saw, but then he also has the warehouse!!!! That is where he keeps his personal collections and items that he rents out to movie sets! HOW COOL IS THAT?

As you might be able to gather, I had a very hard time hiding my enthusiasm! I was like a kid in a candy store, except more excited! πŸ™‚

Kid in a candy store
photo credit: .imelda via photopin cc

Geordie, the store manager took me over to the warehouse. I found him to be a very cool person, he had GREAT stories and I learned he’s is the author of two screenplays… He shared both stories with me, one spoke volumes to me personally, a pursue what you love to do type of story and the other, was just hilarious! I won’t share this as it’s not mine to, but I nearly busted a gut laughing!Β  I can’t wait to see it on film! He gave me great inspiration that day, I’m sure he didn’t even know that, but he reaffirmed for me that I am doing what I should be!

As you guys can see, I can go on and on… Lets take a break and look at some pictures! I apologize for the quality, I took everything with my phone… I have to learn to calm down and use my camera! I asked at each place if I could take pictures, they all graciously said yes. Happy girl!

Rusty Bits WoodenPrintLetters


Butterflies1This is Roy’s personal butterfly collection, this is only one sheet of his many beautiful treasures.




SalvageShop1 SalvageShop3 SalvageShop2 SalvageShop4 SalvageShop5

Because I fell in love with this place and all the charm it has, I offered them when they expand to come and style their windows, no charge! I would be very honoured if they took me up on that offer!

Wondering what my haul was from here, I am now the very proud owner of my very own Judy! A balustrade from Dundern Castle and Vintage letterpress printing blocks! I left that place on cloud nine! Thanks so much Roy and Geordie! I will be back!!!!! πŸ™‚

My HaulTheShopsRescuedCatMiss Rescue Kitty, she napped in the sun my whole 2.5 hour stay!











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  • Reply Melissa February 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Awesome haul Laurie! Love Judy! Weirdly enough I have always wanted a dress form, I just think they are so cool! If she was my Judy I would dress her up for holidays… haha.

    • Reply Laurie February 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I wanted to say, Judy, Judy, Judy… πŸ˜‰ love her, can’t believe she’s mine! did you know that the male forms have a name too? But I don’t know what that is?

  • Reply Dani @ lifeovereasy February 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    what great finds! i live close by, i will have to drop in a little more often.

    • Reply Laurie February 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      You totally should check this place out!!! You live close by, so jealous!

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