Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Antique shopping and an unexpected surprise

Last weekend (and I use the term loosely since I work Wednesday to Sunday) I went antique shopping in Orono. Living so close to the GTA (greater Toronto area) I find there is quite a lack of good antique stores. Most of the antique stores are actually in Toronto but I always find them a little overpriced. Orono is a cute little town that, despite its size, has several great antique stores downtown.

I bought this lovely Jonathan Logan dress (1950's perhaps?), which looked terrible on the hanger but fits me perfectly.

I also bought a collection of Victorian paper bits. Basically it was a selection of labels and bits of cards. Some of them I have already put in a frame and I am still deciding what to do with the remaining bits.

The last item I bought was this great Bing Crosby record. Why don't people listen to vinyl anymore? It sounds so great (scratches and all).

Here is where the unexpected surprise comes in:
As I was putting away my record, I happened to glance at some of the records my parents had downstairs. Now I knew they had a lot of 70's and 80's records so I never really bothered to have a closer inspection. But while I was putting Bing away I found a bunch of records I had never seen before. There was several Glen Miller records, a Benny Goodman record, a 1940's big band record, not to mention a whole set of 1930's swing music! I was in shock! I also found several more jazz records from the 1930's and 1940's I have never heard of before. My parents thought it was a little sad how excited I was....

Behind these records I also found this postcard. It was never been used but looks quite old. No one in my family has any idea where it came from.

Sometimes the best surprises come when you least expect them. What treasures have you ladies discovered lately?


  1. I love unexpected finds, love those Victorian lovelies, just so sweet!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  2. these types of surprises are the best! dress looks great on you :) just reminded me of how sad i was when i discovered my dad had thrown out all of our old records =*( I swear I thought we still had them and nope all gone.

  3. Love the dress! A few months ago our neighbors had a garage sale and had tons of old vinyl records that were similar to yours, compilations of 30's and 40's music and such. I wanted to buy the whole kit and kaboodle but couldn't afford it, so I had to be satisfied with a couple of records of old radio programs.

  4. lovely finds! love the dress too!

  5. Lucky! I love Jonathan Logan! :D


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