A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

It was a beautiful day today, the birds were chirping, the sun was shining and I was in the mood for a Sunday drive.

Sewing box

It took me only a moment to decide that I was heading out to McHaffie Flea Market which is less than 30 minutes from my home and not far from downtown Ottawa. If you haven’t been, there are tons of antique & vintage vendors all under one roof. This time of year they also start setting up outside and there are quite a few new item vendors. Trust me, it is well worth the drive!

Scotch decanter

Last week at a sale I picked up a sewing machine so today it only made sense to grab this $10 eclectic sewing box from a booth called “Just Shut Up and Paint” – this seller has some amazing things & taste. “A stitch in time saves nine” it says on it, which essentially means deal with the sewing problem before it gets bigger – literally. I highly recommend you visit her booth if you go to the market, she is very artistic.

Shortly after, I laid eyes on this magnificent Scotch Decanter made by Royal Victoria Wade Pottery in England -W & A. Gilbey Limited Wine Shippers and Distillers Since 1857. The pour spout still worked but I noticed it was missing the screw top lid. This piece is so charming either way and so vibrant that it hurts! These decanters usually sell online for $15 dollars in good condition. I purchased for $10 knowing its fault.

So the other day I was using my hands to take crumbs and other random pieces of stuff off my kitchen counter when I thought to myself there must be a better way to do this. Turns out there is and it was invented a long time ago! Give a warm welcome to the elegant Table IMG_6825Sweeper/Crumb Sweeper/Crumb Tray, this wooden silent butler is one of the  most practical things I ever have come across. I also paid $10 for this but these items can fetch anywhere between $30-$150 depending on what they are made of and their age. Definitely an interesting find I wanted to share in case you see one in your travels.

I hope you have an amazing rest of Sunday and my adventures today encourage you to hit the road real soon.


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