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Thursday, May 27, 2010


Do you love some good bargain shopping like I do? This past weekend was the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada and sister Pammie and myself had for weeks planned an outdoor photo shoot somewhere. Cemeteries? City parks? We weren't sure but were going to play it by ear when the weekend came. And the timing would have been lovely, because all over the city the fruit trees were in full flowering goodness.

Well it came, and it was cold, rainy and windy as hell all weekend. Until the last day of course. So, instead we decided to do something indoors, and headed to a large flea market here in the city. Uncharacteristically for us both, we left there without any purchases though. We went for "lunch" at the Cheesecake Cafe by our house and had good strong coffee and a "Rustic Apple Tart", YUM. After that sustenance, we then hit up 3 thrift shops nearby for a browse around the household sections. I found this pretty chrome folding dessert tray for $2.00, and brass cone incense holder for $1.00. Oh and I also got a bag full of used paperbacks for my nightly reading material.

Not a bad day's browsing for a Toonie and a Loonie huh? We both really enjoy this kind of shopping, and most of all we LOVE browsing around in Antique Shops. The furniture, the old kitchen gadgets..... love it!

Unfortunately all 3 of the Antique Shops here in our end of the city have closed down over the last several years, they were our favourite haunts. There are still many here in our city but they are waaaaaay hell and gone on the South side and too far to make the trek most days. Still, maybe one of these days we'll head to that area and make an entire day of it.

As for the thrift shops we visited here, one was small but two of them some of you may have in your areas too: Goodwill and Value Village. Their kitchen and household areas are quite extensive and fun to browse through. And we often find something for a dollar or two that we can certainly use and will grab it up.

I burn a lot of candles and incense, but for years I've been using the stick incense. Way back in the early 70's in my hippie chick days I burned cone incense in a little brass holder much like this one. Now I'll have to get myself some cone incense too! :-)

For my American buddies, I hope you all have a great Memorial Day long weekend coming up!

Love Jude


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had fun!! I remember doing that browsing at antique stores with you guys when I was up one summer (I think the summer Brenda and I went to visit Myrt). Loads of fun!! We have a great antique store here in Airdrie. It's in the old Canadian Tire Location and is just huge!! I must go back there if I ever get any time off!! Take care, Sis and I Love You.
Linda Lou

11:06 AM, May 27, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Yeah the Antique Store would be fun! I love old things, the older the better. :-)

Love ya sis! xoxox

1:15 PM, May 27, 2010  
Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

Wow, bargains are always a great thing. Mix that with food and you have a winning combonation!

The weather has been filled with too much rain I think for everyone this year. Hopefully, we can mix in a few more sunny days for everyone!

I hope you have a great weekend!

8:58 PM, May 27, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Well after the long weekend (of course)the weather decided to change to warm and sunny. However, we needed the rain and now the sun has brought out more greenery and flowers, so Yay! Hope your Memorial Day weekend is fabulous Jer, sending hugs!

9:14 PM, May 27, 2010  
Blogger Bobbie said...

That's the Tuesday routine with my sister - touring the antique shops and thrift shops, and hoping to find treasures we just can't live without...lol. I love a bargain!!

Our weather can be summed up in one word - wet! Send some of your sunshine out my way.

Take care and hope you have a great weekend.

10:40 PM, May 27, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Oh man I'm jealous that you and your sister get to do this every week, Bobbie! It is fun isn't it?

We're in for some rain apparently tomorrow too. Hope you get your sunshine, have a great weekend!

11:14 PM, May 27, 2010  
Blogger Janna said...

I love browsing through those sorts of places too, and your vintage purchases are very groovy, Sista! I used to find lots of interesting, charming and inexpensive trinkets at thrift shops in NYC, which I still use all the time.

Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

5:57 PM, May 28, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

I remember you also have a penchant for vintage clothing too, I believe. I love old things, even old photographs fascinate me. Hell, I'M old! hahaha

Love you Sista J.! xox

6:54 PM, May 28, 2010  
Blogger Tracey said...

Love going through the thrift shops and antique shops! It's always fun when you find that "thing you just can't live without but never knew existed until just now" item! LOL

8:06 PM, May 28, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

What's even more fun is finding items that your Mom had in the house when you were growing up, and you haven't seen since!

Have a great long weekend Tracers! xox

8:41 PM, May 28, 2010  
Blogger Janna said...

Oh yes! I love love love vintage threads! Thanks for remembering that, Sista <3 xoxo

7:44 PM, May 30, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

I don't have many working memory cells left in my mentalpausedness (yes that's MY word, LOL) but I did remember that. :-)

8:35 PM, May 30, 2010  

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