Vintage is in the media spotlight. Everything is coming up vintage from The Globe and Mail's feature last Wednesday discussing vintage clothing retailers along Dundas Street West to Tommy Smythe, who writes in House and Home Magazine's August issue about his favorite architectural salvage dealers.
Whatever treasure you need or desire its not hard to find if you know where to look. I needed to replace an old radiator in my home and wanted to purchase another of similar age – restored unlike the one I currently have with years of paint over paint.
My research brought me to a warehouse filled with treasures. Among the old plumbing supplies (which I came to see) I was surprised to find so many other demolition rescues – an entire hair salon set-up in 1950's pink complete with those wheeled trolleys filled with curlers, retail signage from an old downtown Toronto diner and a rad with a compartment for warming dishes – vintage dishes. Apparently it was salvaged during the demolition of a Rosedale home.
Out back in the land of misfit radiators, I discovered exactly what I came to find. Among the rows and rows of cast iron was a beauty with a lovely ornate pattern – I'll take it!
It wasn't vintage china. But I came home from my vintage hunt with the prize.