Although recently my interest in antiquing has waned, back in the 80’s, I was a fanatic. My weekends were filled with searching out country markets and antique fairs for the perfect finds. I was into anything from the art deco or art nouveau era. Anything that reflected the glamorous decadence or that was shiny would do – from flatware, cigarette holders or lighters, salt and pepper shakers, fine linens and my most favourite – my martini shakers.
When Daina from Continuum Modern Vintage and I attended the Christie Antiques Show in the spring, we wondered how we could bring this experience to my readers. So we decided to have a little contest.
Here’s how it works:
Starting now – Just send in a picture of your favourite antique find with a little description and why it’s your favourite to my email, located in the Contact Us box to the right. The last day to enter will be on September 2nd.
On September 3rd a winner will be announced. The winner will be our guest for the day at the Christie Antiques Show on Saturday September 11, where we will have fun discovering treasures. And lunch will be provided.
That’s it! Simple.
Conditions – Participants must be 18 or older, love antiques and live in the Toronto area proper. If the winner lives outside of the city, you will be asked to meet us at the show. Be prepared to be picked up at 7am, on Saturday Sept. 11 and spend most of the day at the show unless we all decide to leave earlier. If the winner is looking for a particular piece, please keep in mind that space in my Honda CRV is limited to small pieces only. Lunch will be provided from the show vendors, so if there are any dietary restrictions please let us know.
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Not to be confused with Christie’s Auction House, Christie Antiques Show is the largest one in Canada! And it was time I’d been to this one.
The rule for success for any kind of antique show is to be there early. So Daina from Continuum Modern Vintage and I woke up at 6 am to leave by 7am to get there by opening, which was 8am. Even though there weren’t hoards of people that early we still had to rush through the show to cover as much ground as possible within 2 hours, because Daina had to get back to open the store. Over 300 dealers on about 10 acres of land. A real challenge.
My focus: Find a vintage Lotte Lamp with carvings.
There was tons of really great finds, but I had to keep focussed. I knew I would wander so I brought only my budgetted amount of cash and left my cards at home.
Here are some of the things that caught my eye:
1940’s Lawn Furniture
Cast iron outdoor table.
Finally found vintage Lotte Lamps with original shades, but the dealer wouldn’t split the pair and I only wanted one. If we had more time, I could’ve haggled with him and got one. Next time!
Daina scored a beautiful pair of side tables!
By 9:30 it was starting to get busy. And down the highway there were cars lined up to get in for about 5 km’s!
The next Christie Antiques Show will be on Sept. 11.
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