this is what nightmares are made of

someone get me some xanax please.  and a sleeping pill.  and maybe hit me over the head and make me forget i ever saw this.  some sweet soul, bless their heart has this lovely chair listed on craigslist under the title "vintage chair" and describes it as an "open grid chair in black iron".  kill me now please.  the seller is in brooklyn, and i am not.  and it's $40.  why don't you just leave it on the curb.  i want to die.  that'll teach me to peruse classified listings that are more than 100 miles away.  


vintage mart: printemps!

smart design mart's sister event vintage mart will be having a spring sale april 27 & 28th!  carefully curated vintage clothing & accessories & home decor by local vintage sellers broundoor vintage, caesar ponycheap opulencelily & ruby,  supayana vintage and vintage headquarters.   there will also be a studio sample sale with broundoornorwegian wood and supayana.  here's the vintage mart facebook group, it's the best way to stay up to date with our events.  


from coast to coast adopt a toast!!

i'm doing a flash sale with fab.de!  they're the german fab.com!!  umm, so i didn't really need google translate to see that i was being called a crazy cat lady.  at first i was kind of shocked.  how did they know?  they're all the way in germany!  then i realized that perhaps it was the official photo i supplied for my profile, and all the cat jewelry i make.  i mean i always joke about being a crazy cat lady, but there's just something so real about it when you see it in print.  and in german.  here's the full and official goolgle translation:

"A mini-zoo kind of eccentric Montreal artist poured the silver. The so-called lost-wax technique Elaine Ho processed the material into tiny gems of quality craftsmanship. The "Crazy Cat Lady" of the jewelry business produces magical counterparts with a vintage look."

this piqued my interest, so i went through my listings, and the copy is extra fun when you run it through google translate.  take the sad tiny toast for example:  

"What other woman is wearing quite a sad piece of toast on the chain ? The young designer Elaine Ho knows no bounds in their creativity and thus a miniature slice of bread into a visual highlight is the neckline. Cause for sorrow, there is at least according to the wearer of this humorous ornaments not: From coast to coast - adopt a toast!"

"Since time immemorial, man is a hunter-gatherer and prides itself with the spoils of a successful hunt. Even though this is less in this age of forest and wilderness, but more to do with shopping centers and shopping arcade, the idea behind the jewelry remains the same. This deer antlers in miniature decorates the female neck with hand-crafted art design . Highly polished jewelry to honor female carriers."

"All cat lovers and owners come to the house cat jewelry by Elaine Ho at their expense. The hand-cast sterling silver cat's head is made ​​with loving precision work. The sculpture was created by an elaborate security procedures, particularly the detailed structure allows. This feline head makes your cleavage a playground for modern art."

"When Nature Calls. Ever since the Broadway musical is probably not a carnival party around a life-sized house cat. Elaine Ho creates out of their preference for the four-legged velvet paws simply a piece of jewelry - a tribute to the fascinating, bright eyes, you can wear every day. The silver ring with Katzenöhrchen also allows people with allergies or phobias fur a pet that eats a truly out of hand."

"This futuristic necklace carries the idea of progress in itself literally. A hand-crafted in miniature robot graces the feminine neckline in almost playful manner. What man does not like to look back there twice? The solid sterling silver is oxidized to all rivets and screws to give a worn look, a high-gloss finish provides the finishing touch of the small, sugary avant-garde."

"The divining rod to you has not only the right way to mysterious water veins, but also an extraordinary good style. The pendant is hand cast in solid sterling silver , for details, he was carefully oxidized and polished at the end. An exclusive jewelry, which will allow a mysterious aura. Enjoy it!"

"A woman is not always timid, shy and harmless. Elaine Ho assisted with this necklace all young individualists, Rebel Linen and all who stand in sharp projectiles. The little pistol-shaped pendant is a handmade piece of jewelry that is only oxidized and then polished to create a shiny surface with fine details. Dangerously sharp!"

i wish i had could have all my thoughts and everything i'm about to say automatically translated into german, and then run through google translate into english.  so cool.  


lost vintage & montreal's biggest garage sale!!!

bright turquoise drafting stool. 

metal cage lights
industrial cage pendant lamp

white tulip table
lotus chairs, stackable, good for indoors & outdoors.
eames arm shell

industrial stools
bent ply bar stool

lounge chair

commercial seating

this is a lamp!

giant slice of tree.  would make a beautiful coffee table base
steel bullet garbage can
some curvy ladies 
this came from an old pinball game 
vintage orange lockers
montreal's BIGGEST GARAGE SALE is taking place this weekend and next weekend.  four full shipping containers, one full garage and one full warehouse worth of amazing vintage and antiques will be for sale on the corner of de gladstone and de angers in verdun.  the four shipping containers alone have over 800 items.  great deals & really really good prices!  usually, i like to keep this stuff secret, because i'm selfish and i plan to buy all the good stuff for myself, but this time, there's more than enough stuff to go around.  

bernard from lostvintage.ca has been collecting for over 20 years, and he has some of the best vintage furniture & decorator items i've ever seen.  you might also remember him from last year's smart design mart.  this garage sale is the perfect place if you need to furnish your apartment, he has tons of chairs, lighting, tables, multiples of everything, including mid century, industrial salvage, institutional, commercial, eames, teak and deadstock clothing & accessories as well.  really, he has just about anything you can think of, and then some other fascinating things that you never knew even existed on top of that.

make sure to check out lostvintage.ca for more photos.  bernard or "bernie the junkie" as he identified himself over the phone this morning, said no reasonable offers will be refused.  he has a huge warehouse to clear out people!  spread the word, and save me from buying more chairs.  

we visited his four shipping containers this past weekend on a bike ride.  it's definitely not to be missed.  we plan on going back next weekend as well when he's bringing out the inventory from the garage and warehouse.  i can't wait!!  i scored this incredible old handmade funeral home sign, it's one of a kind and it's absolutely perfect.  

vintage funeral home sign from lost vintage,
retractable light purchased many years ago from stephane st-arnaud

la plus grosse big vente de garage à montréal, beau temps, mauvais temps ... rain or shine

samedi le 21 avril & dimanche le 22 avril 2012
9h30-1600 no early birds please

and also the following weekend, so come to our vintage mart spring launch for pretty clothing on friday or saturday & hit up lost vintage on sunday, it works out perfectly!  

samedi le 28 avril & dimanche le 29 avril 2012
9h30-1600 no early birds please

1621 rue de gladstone au coin de angers (via rue de l'église) dans le secteur côte saint-paul, 10 minutes from métro jolicoeur 
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cats being cats

pepito, unimpressed that i'm not downstairs feeding him.  yes, that's dried gravy stuck on the side of his face.  he is long overdue for a bath, i've been waiting for it to get warmer because he prefers to air dry over getting hairdryered.  

beef, my borrowed cat rolling around.  sometimes, when he's laying in the middle of the floor, i call him a cat island.  he's really big and the sweetest, quietest, lowest maintenance cat you'll ever meet with a funny squeak instead of a meow.  and also painfully shy.  he's made it 3/4 of the way down the stairs in two weeks, maybe he'll be hanging out downstairs by the end of the week.  poof & pepito are getting along great with beef, but ponyo still insists on hissing & growling at him.  she doesn't even really mean it and i think she's just trying to scare him, because she's doing it from her cat bed, she growls at him when he walks by, just to be a jerk.  she doesn't even bother getting up.  lazy cat.  

poof likes to hang out in beef's cat carrier.  last week, i nearly bought a vintage child's bertoia side chair for my cats.  i say almost, because thank goodness the auction had a reserve price because i was the highest bidder.  and also after the auction ended i discovered that the chair had been spray painted.  you know, that's something worth mentioning in your listing, like "good condition" except that it's BEEN SPRAY PAINTED, NOT THE ORIGINAL FINISH.  geez.