Friday, March 26, 2021

Spring Has Begun

Crocus and Daffodils sharing spring colours.


  

I went to add to/tidy my booths this week. I found several lovely items there which belonged to other dealers so I moved them all to a 'gathering place' for others to reclaim.



The back doors were open and the bright sunlight reflected on the addition of the vintage framed Copper Relief hand tinted Last Supper.


Played around with framing a photo using PicMonkey. Frame - shape cutouts. I added more My Little Ponies and several early reader paper backs when I dropped in on Wednesday as well as little cars and trucks.


Grouped several collectibles together. My favourite this week was the Northern Electric Company Fire Alarm plus Easter decorations, gardening books, a mixture of small toys and a brass Rooster letter holder.


There was some tidying needed, fresh stock was added and as the first shoppers entered front door of the Village Antiques Mall I exited through the back doors and closed them behind me. Safety first.


Keep safe

Joy

Thursday, March 4, 2021

A bit of cleaning and organizing in my booths

Started in mid-February making a few changes in my booth as weeks progressed. A piece of furniture sold, there was space ... so I moved a table to that space and added a few old wooden boxes into new empty space, used various baskets to hold the many cardboard mounted plastic sleeved early magazine advertising, pages from books, postcards, maps ... from the 1940-70's.




 and ... March arrived with more vintage additions, vintage homemade treasures - kitchen aprons,




moved the 'guy' shelves and added some great rusty pieces - a very old butter churn, a clamp I had forgotten about, an oak floor vent ....




... two old seats from farm equipment - well rusted - they brought back childhood memories.



(first try with overlay using PicMonkey) - the mugs and toy figures picture overlays the Dalmatians picture




2 books here (from the very large and wonderful collection of books for early readers, elementary students, history buffs, relaxation reading, cook books, how-to books ... filling many shelves).




Gardening books, a lovely dense yellow teapot and a soft lamb, green glass (thinking of St. Patrick's Day), a few Occupied Japan girl and boy figurines.




I continue to work one hour (before mall opens) each trip to my booths - continue to work safely (distance, mask, sanitize hands).  

A treat this week - I had four individual distance visits with friends this week (we used 12 feet and masks) to catch up on each other's current lives plus a lovely phone call catch up visit from another dear friend. 


Treasures

Dear Friends

Keep safe

Hugs

Joy

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Happy Birthday Son

February had rain, snow, rain, sort of snow, a bit of hail and sunshine. Snowdrops. The first crocus. Coastal green grass and the poking tips of the spring the flowers to come.



February 27th.  Remembering back to birth of Dear Son. Remembering second hand maternity clothes and working until the day before he was born. Remembering all the years that have passed.

So, February 27th - and Son's 42nd birthday has arrived. A gift was chosen by him and kept out of sight when it arrived (as per his request).  Menu picked, dessert ordered. Bubble family gathering.


A year ago on his birthday he was in ICU and recovering.


and then ... Covid -19 became a word and worry and by March 17th non essential stores closed down and the store shelves were becoming bare. So many changes in the past year. Different ways to shop, businesses figuring out how to make things work. On line doctor appointments.  

This year, January was a month we will not forget.  

We can go forward keeping the guidelines to be safe, be kind, isolate as much as possible, wear a mask when out of our homes and do not gather at this time.  

Orange tulips and yellow daffodils from my favourite grocery store, went well with the birthday cake.




I find that people who return my hello or hi or wave as they walk by bring quick tears. We all keep our distance and wear our masks. After getting permission I pet their dogs that are out leash-walking with their owners.  Quick visits outside, keeping careful distance is becoming almost normal.

Hugs Friends

Joy


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Another Visit to My Booths

I enjoyed visiting Granny Sue's mall posts on her updates this month and decided to share another booth update too. 

Front area of my booths



 ... mixture of collectibles cupboards




collage from various shelves




a peek on the left side, upper booth



a collage of four other areas




I am grateful that blogger friends share how they have been getting through each day during the pandemic. It helps.

Hugs and Keep Safe

Joy


Saturday, January 9, 2021

A Visit to My Booths

Today - Sunshine after the fog lifted. When I left for the mall the fog was thick and visibility was about 2 car lengths. As I drove over the bridge I could see a panorama of the tops of evergreen trees resting on an immense soft dense pillow of fog. I would have loved to have taken a picture.

Memories of ...




Books changed ...



Adding ...



Vintage hen on a basket and a corked jug




Still more to learn about using the replacement for PicMonkey (old) for the new PicMonkey. Keeping practicing.


My thoughts are with you.

Joy

Friday, January 1, 2021

Welcome 2021

Welcome 2021



2020 was ...

A year we could not have imagined

A year that will not be forgotten

Changes for all

Finding ways to change our way of doing, of thinking, of cooperating, of keeping safe, following rules that keep others safe.

Keep Safe

Thank you to the many, many, many thousands of workers who helped us get through 2020


2021 begins with HOPE

Vaccines have begun, those who care and listen DO wear masks, DO wash their hands and sanitize frequently, DO stay home and NOT gather in groups, DO keep in their bubble, DO their part to keep others SAFE to help curb the pandemic,

Hugs and Love
Joy

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