September 21st, 2010


I have a confession to make. My house is currently a pigsty (I can hear my mother and sister’s collective “HA!” all the way from Nova Scotia). I am realizing that if I want to proudly display my home to all the world via the internet, I am quickly going to have to get in the habit of keeping things at least somewhat tidy.

So, to that account, today I did a bit of a gut. Drawers were emptied, cupboards explored, and the front of my house now looks like a Sunday flea yard sale

There are a certain breed of people in Toronto that LOVE finding new treasure on the side of the road. I am one of those people. I am even contemplating hosting a weekly column on here documenting my roadside scores. So, to give back to my ‘people’ , I offered up all my trash in hopes that someone would perhaps find their treasure.stuff!

If you offer it, they will come. Before I was even out the front door with the last load, I had a couple of gents browsing my wares. We got to chatting on how we love finding little gems that might only need a quick clean up or a slap of paint to make just like new again. We also lamented on how our mini yard sales are becoming harder to come by, and hypothesized that it is just due to the influx of creative, like-minded people who are now inhabiting the friends

I guess we’ll just have to chalk it up to it now being a survival of the fittest in the fight for roadside relics.

Judging by what I picked up today, I’d say I’ll do just frame

(Those lovely ladies having a looksie at my give-aways are two of those like-minded people I spoke of, Karen and Victoria. They came after I had already penned this post, and were kind enough to be my models. Thank you gals!)

6 comments on “confession”

  1. welcome to blogland! enjoy the ride


  2. SO true! I’ve lived in a lot of cities across Canada and none are like Toronto in terms of putting stuff on your front lawn. It just disappears in a matter of minutes some time. I’ve also taken my fair share of things. My last score was 3 dozen mason jars which I made dill pickles in!

  3. Thank you Sarah! Eep! To get a comment from the BC lady herself is such an honor!

    And thank you as well Emma! So great to meet up with a fellow BYW’er! I swear, it’s kind of a running joke with my family back in Nova Scotia how much of my home is made up of roadside finds! But I’m with you; I’d take 3 dozen mason jars anyday :P just going to check out the marion house book now; looking forward to it! xo

  4. Oh my mother would have been all over your yard. She is the Sydney yard sale queen! There is nothing she enjoys more then spending her Saturdays with my grandmother scowering the city for hidden treasures..which she then hands on to me and other members of the family. I swear she has at least 3 of EVERYTHING you could ever possibly need! All I have to say is she will be very proud to see you carrying on the CB tradition all the way in Toronto! Lots of love from me :)

  5. I love finding treasures on the side of the road…it’s so gratifying!

    I just found your blog via a comment you left on….it’s lovely!

  6. Thank you Gina! Ohh, Tara Gentile, talk about a blogger’s best resource! Just found her last night, and she quickly went into the Blogging Bookmarks!

    Oh! Just popped over to your blog and i LOVE your chandelier post! The chandelier in my kitchen is actually another road side find, and I’m likely going to be featuring it next week, as I want to start a weekly/monthly column on my found treasures. I’ll take a closer look at your post when I’m photographing mine as for inspiration!

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