Friday, March 26, 2010

ginger's canadian craig, eh?

hello peeps. i present another craigslist challenge for you. this one was not easy. a) it was in canada and apparently canadians view craigslist as their own antiques shop. and b) they don't use it very much. anyway, here is what canada(dry) ginger(ale)i'm awesome wrote us:


I'm Ginger of and want to take you up on your craigslist challenge. I'm a huge art deco enthusiast and have been hunting for a buffet/hutch to complete my dining room FOREVER. That said, I love anything art deco. It seems like the other thing that ever comes up is bedroom sets, blah. I'm more than willing to drive two hours for the right piece, so I figure that opens up my craigslist options to:

Kingston, ON (Canada, of course!):
Ottawa, ON:
Peterborough, ON:


Montreal, PQ: (one would think that vintage shopping in Montreal would be fantastic but no - seems like garbage picking is the way to get shit done there).

I realize you are probably limiting your scope to the US of A but thought you might find some Canadian flavor interesting ;) I think it's the ultimate challenge - less people means less stuff. You have to do more with less!

so i grabbed a few inspiration pics from the 'netz..
so these were the longest buffet/credenza type pieces in the art deco style i came across. the majority are rather short and stocky with those trademark rounded edges. and craigslist canada came up short across the board...but i thought with some art deco hardware...
a few of these pieces could transform...

ok, so not necessarily this one but it's so beautiful as's also $1,288. which is fucking r'tarded. but i would offer half and tell them that they are eternal fartknockers for using the craig as their own personal antiques shop. no really the best thing to do here is say, is my number, i am offering half so if you change your mind let me know. and then i would strip the shit out of it. show off that gorgeous hardware.

and i about shit my pants when i saw this mirror...$350 i LOVE IT!!!!! not art deco, and not what you asked for but i had to alert canada to its're welcome canada.

vintage credenza- $125 great price. fair. paint this any color and you have success.

1940's hutch- $375 (this price includes a table and chairs- they are willing to sell the pieces sep. i would offer 175 for this piece. but if you click the link you will see another pic of the table and chairs and in that pic in the background is a long deco looking buffet. ask about it) that said, this piece was the deco-y-ist thing i found. i think it's great and would look awesome either stripped to it's original wood or painted a different color. and maybe new hardware. hard to tell what's going on here.

solid oak cabinet- $200. could be good with some paint (black and shiny) and some of those fancy deco pulls. good price (although half first please).

ok, not deco at all but i LOOOVe it. this is a gorgeous piece. you could paint it but i think it's perfect the way it is. $425 but that's negotiable. offer half of course. i would punch babies for this.

danish teak sideboard- $560 ridiculous price again. not on craigslist. i mean what are these people thinking? if they want these prices they need to sell this through a dealer. said you had a mid century piece in the dining room and this is cool. i think a piece like this would look so cool with a bunch of girly granny mix-matched china on it.

so ginger to deco hutches that are long are pretty much non existent, the style was just so stocky. and those that are somewhat long like the insp. pics are like 23589713701839matillion dollars. so if art deco is truly what you want find a dealer in ottowa or montreal and tell them what you are looking for, what you are willing to pay and have them start looking for you.
hopefully i found something you like! nothing would make me happier.
oh..and those pulls and other art deco shit can be found at robinson's antiques.



Anonymous said...

wow. pricey. I don't suppose the exchange rate jumped to 2-1 overnight -- bcs then it would all make a lot more sense.

ginger said...

hahaha ;) we are almost on par right now! I think anon just hit the nail on the head, I forgot to mention the tendency in the Great White North to over-estimate value. My hub always says, "It's amazing how much people want for stuff they don't want in their own homes anymore..."

Thanks lady, LOVE that mirror! I thought it was funny that the only local hit was plain ;) I should keep a better eye on that Montreal list...

Naomi said...

think your spot on with the mid-century sideboard mixed with granny china!

The Famous Home said...

Try It's more popular than craigslist up here and has pics next to the listing so you can scan through much faster.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I actually prefer that least-expensive sideboard the best. I think she could rock it. Is so strange how the Craigs dynamic (i.e. to find stuff on the cheap) doesn't seem to translate...

boops said...

i remember there being a vast antique market in toronto on the harborfront if she can make the trek. also, there are (were?) plenty of antique and second hand shops in Montreal (old montreal, rue st denis, st. laurent) that had neat stuff. I still have some pieces i bought in mtl.

and yeah, things are more expensive in canada. no bargains compared to what you'd find in the u.s.

Allison said...

I have to agree with the comment above. Kijiji is way more popular than craigslist up here. Anything posted on craigslist is likely also on kijiji.

Stuff in general is more expensive in Canada (smaller market + greater shipping costs) but you can still find some good deals. I've found lots of stuff on kijiji and never paid the full asking price.

Tatieva art said...

Oh, la "pièce à transformer" est superbe ! Délicieusement rétro et art déco... J'aime ces lignes entre droites et courbes et l'or éblouissant !

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