I just made my wish through Intuit to hopefully buy a van for our business. At the moment, we are having to rent vehicles or call on friends if we want to bring furniture into our shop. This often means missed opportunities and/or a large expense for the company.
It is our hope that we can get some votes and perhaps get the $5000 prize.
We are kind of late to the table, so our chances are pretty slim, but we’re still going to give it a try.
If you would like to help our cause you can post a vote for our wish here. Your support is very much appreciated.
Like I said, we’ve just signed up and there are only 6 more days to wish, so if you’re going to vote, vote now!
We don’t want to miss the boat!
53 new tops and summer dresses for your shopping glory at 407 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
I will be putting the bulk of the new stock out tomorrow, throughout the day, so come on down and say hello!
I’ve got great secretary tops and dresses, sun dresses, fully lined dresses (for those colder nights) and much, much more.
You don’t want to miss it!
A morning person, I am not.
It is especially difficult when you live in a one room abode with 4 dogs and 2 cats and 1 boyfriend that you don’t want to disturb.
This is Beau and he’s my bed buddy. If I’m asleep, then he’s asleep. If I’m awake, then he’s awake… so disturbing him was really not an option.
He woke up, all bright eyed and beautiful and so I thought that I would snap this picture of him to share with you.
That’s Ben by his bum, still sound asleep.
I love my boys!
I’ve been crawling the internet all week for inspiration and ideas for the direction we should be taking our place and I find myself gravitating towards images reflecting life in the 70s.
It is an era that I have always been attracted to. It’s music, it’s art, it’s television (see ‘Rhoda‘ post in the style icon section).
I find myself drawn to the more minimalistic style verses the large and busy prints, as pictured here.
Our apartment is white walled and I’m not into painting or papering, except to possibly refresh the existing paint. We have one brick wall and bright red piping along our ceilings, with birch cabinets in our kitchen.
I wouldn’t be opposed to cushions/pillows, curtains and other accent pieces to bare the larger prints.
I found these swatches, as an example.
I happen to have some similar fabrics in my inventory, so I guess I will be sewing some stuff up in the very near future!
Since we live in a one room warehouse apartment, there needs to be some consistently throughout our home, colour and pattern-wise.
I wish our cabinets were a darker tone to be truer to the era. I believe that they’re laminate, so there isn’t much that we can do.
I do, however, plan to furnish with darker toned, wooden furniture. Unfortunately, the kitchen just won’t match.
I will update with pictures of our space, before and after, once the mess of spring cleaning has been taken care of.
I am also anticipating a lot of D.I.Y. articles to come out of this project, so stay tuned!
You may have noticed a new icon running along the left sidebar, (it’s about halfway down), called Project Restyle.
Essentially, the deal is, you must use unwanted, damaged, unusable vintage or used items to restyle.
It’s that simple!
I am planning to participate and I think you should too!
You will always be able to find my restyles here, in my D.I.Y. section, in addition to the flickr group.
If you like to post your restyles on the blog, you can do so in the comments section below.
We’d love to see what you’ve got!
3 cups (750 mL) macaroni or small pasta shells
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
3 cups (750 mL) milk, heated
1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
2 cups (500 mL) shredded Canadian old Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup (60 mL) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes, drained
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well.
Meanwhile, in heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion until softened. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 min without browning. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth; whisk in mustard. Cook, stirring often, for 10 to 12 min or until thickened (do not boil).
Remove from heat; stir in Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses until melted. Drain tomatoes again and stir into sauce along with salt and pepper. Pour over macaroni and toss to coat.
Makes 4 servings.
*borrowed from canadianliving.com*
Well this time, I was away for a whole 2 weeks while I was away in Regina. When I came back, I could hardly recognize the place!
It looks fantastic!
We have a new section for prom/grad gowns/dresses, new bags/purses, sun dresses galour, new books, tons of new records and much, much more.
The store did great while I was away. Heather did a sweet job of keeping things under control and, in spite of not so awesome weather, sales were good.
This first picture is taken from behind the counter. You can see our jewelry rack, prom/grad dress section and in the far back ground, you can get a taste of our amazing windows.
The lighting isn’t the best, but you get the idea.
You can see all of our dressers that contain aprons, scarves, tights, belts, caps and etc.
Our round rack at the front, which holds all of our spring and winter coats, and the beginning of the dress rack on the right.
Hanging from the ceiling, we have stained glass panels, lighting fixtures and game boards.
I wish there were better pictures of the art that we have hanging around the store. The majority of it has been done but Heather, who is an amazing talent.
We have to deal with florescent lighting, but with all of the extra lights that we have around the store, I think that it isn’t as obvious.
Many people in the neighbourhood thought that we should keep it for nostalgic reasons. The ‘Holy Land’ had been in the community for 25 years, before the owner retired.
While the weather was freezing, we just put our signage on the front windows in a chalk marker.
Now that things are warming up, we’ve finally had the chance to make a move on the awning. This picture is after one coat of paint. Two more to go.
Once the red has settled, the sign will read ‘Maggie’s Farm Vintage and Secondhand Curio Emporium’, with a rocking cowgirl pictured above the shop title.
The Tickety Boutique will have signage in vinyl in the window.
Neither of us could have afforded the space on our own and so we are using each other and our similar goals as a way to get ahead.
Eventually Heather will be able to afford 407 Roncesvalles on her own and eventually I will be able to afford to move out onto my own.
I plan to stay in the neighbourhood. I love it here.
I would probably go for smaller square footage and therefore, hopefully, a lower rent. Not to mention, I would be horrified by the pressure of filling such a big spot with inventory, week after week, month after month.
It’s something that I hope to accomplish by sometime next year.
She knows everyone is in the ‘hood and seems to meet new and exciting people everyday. I don’t know if I have that kind of people power.
That isn’t the type of thing you learn, it’s something you’re born with.. or maybe it’s something that you eventually become accustomed to?
I will certainly miss her when our time together is over and I, personally, hope that I can open somewhere reasonably close so that we can continue the vintage uprising of Roncesvalles Village.
Until then, I am continuing work on my own line (to debut this spring) and am expecting a slew of new inventory any day now.
I had to rename the category because there’s just so much going on to only pick one feature a week.
Now I can do an Etsy pick whenever the heck I want!
This pick is an ear muff/arm warmer set from futska.
It might not be ear muff/arm warmer weather anymore, but that’s not all you can find at Futska. She also specializes in feather hair extensions, tools and kits and loose feathers.
*borrowed from cookingnook.com*
Some might call it an apple bread, as in quick bread, but whatever you call it, it is absolutely delicious.
The applesauce in the recipe adds sweetness while cutting down on the amount of sugar in the recipe and keeps the cake nice and moist.
1 cup sugar
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup oil
3 tablespoons milk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each salt and nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Mix the first 5 ingredients together. Mix the next 5 ingredients together separately. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Lightly grease a loaf pan. Place the mixture in the pan and bake for 1 hour.
Topping (if desired):
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix together and sprinkle on top of the loaf before baking.
Makes 1 loaf.
We have been opened since in our location at 407 Roncesvalles since February 2013. Heather had been opened for a year prior, just up the street past Howard Park.
Now together, we make up one of the best locations for vintage on Roncesvalles Avenue.
Heather is down at the shop today, throughout the week waiting for you to come down and say hello!
If she isn’t out on the floor with the customers, she is in the back refinishing furniture, sewing on buttons, painting and steaming clothes.
I will be at the store tomorrow and throughout the weekend, I will be there, ready to serve you.
I am not the furniture refinisher or painter that Heather is, but I have sewn on my fair share of buttons and you can always hear the steaming machine running while I’m in the shop.
Lately in the shop, we have been getting in lots of cowboy boots, hats, books, dresses, cowboy shirts, skirts, curio and everything in between.
You can come in on a Tuesday and return on a Wednesday to a whole new environment.
We strive to rotate our inventory on a daily basis to give the shopper a new experience on a daily basis.
Since we offer all of our product right beside each other, we hope to offer a satisfying shopping experience for Mothers and daughters alike. Where else can you get that!?
We even have a special ‘boyfriend’ chair, for those men who do not wish to participate.. even though they’re missing out on our great men’s section!
So, we hope that you’ll come by and say hello, if you are in the Toronto area, or find Maggie’s Farm on Shopcaster here.
If you are familiar with the Tickety Boutique, then you will know that we got our start online. For the time being, all online sales have been suspended while we reconstruct our website and wait for a whole new slew of inventory to come in.
The Tickety Boutique is hoping to resume online operations in early to mid May with all new stock and a whole new look. We look forward to seeing you there for the launch!
Until then, please come down to 407 Roncesvalles or visit us on Shopcaster!