Saturday, November 6, 2010

Still the Best Bazaar Ever

I've been patiently waiting for the the bazaar at the Japanese congregation of St. Andrew's Anglican Church. If you remember my post from last November, I boldly pronounced it the Best Bazaar Ever. Well, it still is.
As soon as you walk in the church, all you can smell is the savoury goodness of the food being sold down in the basement: sushi, baked goods, pickled goods and sandwiches. I love that there are so many Japanese odds and ends for sale. These little paper Japanese Christmas tree decorations were .25 each.
Japanese Christmas tree mouse which jingles.
This beautiful shell cost ten cents. Look what I discovered inside...
Paintings of Japanese royalty?
More hand-crafted Christmas decorations.
Duncan selected the Christmas teddy and the handmade cone ornament.
Below, find pretty Japanese postcard sets. I think these were .25 a pack.

Vintage technicolour treasures.
These cards were a little kitschy, but I still had to have them.
The cards feature snow sculptures from the Sapporo Snow Festival.
This vintage glass snack tray cost a quarter. Can you believe it? If you want cool deals in Toronto, you have to really hunt around.
Vintage souvenir plate from BC which cost .25 as well. The man working there asked me if I was from BC. I told him I wasn't, but I just liked the quaintness. He said "It's vintage." Right then and there, I knew he understood me.
Another rug hooking kit for my class.
Heavenly Tupperware bowls. I think I paid about $1.00 for the lot.
Pretty pottery from England. Again, I think I paid no more than .50 for it.

I found this cute trio of Fire King shallow bowls. I'd love to make creme brulé in them.

Cost? Three for $2.00. Take that Value Village!
Kids cookbook for Duncan. It was a quarter.
Duncan wanted the DVD and video. They were .50 each.
Japanese puzzle for kids. The .10 price sticker made it impossible to say no.
Another pretty piece of pottery that cost .25.
This chip cutter caught Duncan's eye. The man who understood my vintage ways saw Duncan holding it and just asked for a quarter.
Duncan insisted we get potatoes on the way home. The cutter was covered in an inch of dust, but we still checked to make sure the spuds would fit in it.
This picture turned out fuzzy, but let me say that this is the prettiest tray I've ever seen. It looks like Melmac, but it wasn't stamped with that name on the bottom. The shape says Art Deco, but I suspect it's Art Moderne from the fifties. It cost me one dollar. Wow!
This funky card table tablecloth cost .50. It's made by French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac.
Lastly, we bought mango jam, spicy Japanese pickled cucumbers, and homemade sweet and spicy pretzels. Am I the luckiest girl in Toronto today or what?


  1. Yes you are! I love all your finds and you so scored on EVERYTHING. I am in love, love, love with those Japanese kimono ornaments in the first photo! I have to find some of those! Love them. Yes you are the luckiest girl in Toronto today!!

  2. Great finds, Erin! I like the Tupperware bowls and of course, the BC plate the best. :)

  3. Fab finds, Erin! Hey, that snack tray looks like it could be Georges Briard. Is there a signature on it? He worked with gold leaf and geometric patterns a lot, and it looks similar in shape to the one I found this summer. I wouldn't put that one in the dishwasher, in any case. It's beautiful!

  4. Totally fab finds girl! The tray might be Georges Briard or Fred Press, I love them both!

    will you take pics of your cremes brulées in the fireking?

  5. Thanks for all the great comments. The tray has "ora" painted on it. I looked up Ora and could not connect it to the tray. If anyone has any leads, please let me know. I'd really be interested.
    Thanks a lot,

  6. Great finds Erin! I love that glass snack tray
    (only 25 cents! Wow) and the pottery bowl from England!


  7. ooooh i have a similar chip cutter! you know, i'm the type of person who thinks the only tools you need in a kitchen are a stirring spoon, a cutting board and a good knife. but this thing makes making homemade fries SO simple. swooooosh. so all you really need is a stirring spoon, cutting board, good knife and a chip cutter. and pyrex. lots of it.

  8. Tons of great finds! I'm loving that card tablecloth the most.


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