Thursday, April 4, 2013

It's My Business.....


As some of you may know, I am a 'collector'. Notice I said
'collector' and not hoarder! I have been doing so for over
20 years. Our basement is FULL! And I mean FULL!


A couple of weeks ago I heard of a place in Halifax in which one
could lease a small (or large) area and set up your business.
For the past couple of years I have been looking for a viable
place in which to sell all the stuff I have bought over the years.


And this place looked like a good place to give it all a try. And I did.
It's called Plan B Halifax Merchants Co-op. And there are about 60 
other 'retailers' set up there. It is very eclectic from taxidermy to
mid-century collectibles/furniture which is my main 'theme'.
Thus our name: Mid-Century Maniac


So a week ago I began to unpack the cases in the basement.
It took a week to unpack half of it. And I was really surprised,
if not a little intimidated at all the things I have gotten over the years.
I had forgotten about a lot of it.


So here is our tiny 'set up' (for now) with mostly 50's kitchen
paraphernalia. A good start. Now to get to the other half
of the basement! It was my plan to do something like this
after I had retired....that was the whole point on the collecting.
And since it is 'retirement' in which we find ourselves, 
this has given us a good focus after a few years of
dealing with 'health concerns'.

Excuse me, as I have another box to unpack.......



39 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun! And I love how colourful all your stuff is. Too bad you are so far away or I'd stop by to take a look. Enjoy!

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    1. So Ms. Martha, when you and hubby take that trip east, you can do that!! And we will be glad to show you around.

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  2. I do love the pyrex bowls. I use them and the covered butter dishes all the time. Good luck with your new venture.

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    1. Thanks so much Chania! You certainly know a thing or two about ventures. I really like the line of jewelry you presently have....very classic.
      These pyrex bowls are so usable and handy to have. I have been using them for years.

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  3. What a fun project, I know it is hard work too-but always fun to see your treasures again-I love that yellow bowl, and I collect those glass containers with glass lids. a fews years ago I threw away or gave away all of my plastic food storage containers-and went to those glass containers instead, I also have the porcelein storage ones too.
    Hope you do well

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    1. You collect refrigerator jars? Don't you love them! That was all they used back in the day when I was but a wee laddy!! lol
      It is fun Kathy to see what we have and see if it sells or not.

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  4. Good luck with MCM! I hope you sell lots!

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    1. I hope so too Debra! Thanks. We'll give this a try and see where it takes us.

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  5. Hey Dads ~~~ Does that mean I'll see less of you? Better not!!

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    1. You know Sophie, they are so easy going in this place I really don't think they would care if you came in. I will check next time me and your other Daddy are there for a while.

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  6. I have been to co-ops like that and they are so much fun. Good luck with this, Jim. I know you will do really well.

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    1. Thanks Inger. It has been 'fun' already for us. A good change, they say, is as good as a rest!! But that was the plan after we were retired. I wanted my own place but that is very costly and requires a lot of time. This place we pay the rent, stock our shelves and leave. Easy enough. All else is 'looked after' by the owners.
      Now I hear your 'D' post is very good! A 'little bird' told me so!!

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  7. Another place to go during our visit to Hallifax!!! So far we've got the pizza place, vegan sandwiches, and shopping!!! Now if you know of a good yarn shop my trip will be complete :-)

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    1. There is and I mentioned it on your last 'wrap' post Terri. We are small herebut have a little of everything.

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  8. I know of a couple of co-op places around where I live. Nice places to browse but I refuse to buy anything... as much as I want it.

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    1. Hello 'Coop'! Good to see you. Good idea....there comes a time when 'we' just have to STOP buying and lusting after these things!!! You are a strong man to resist.

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  9. These places can be a lot of fun.
    Is this a weekend market or more full time?
    I'm sure you'll make a ton of new friends while you're there.

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    1. This place is open 7 days a week Stew from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. There is one cash at the door and that is looked after by the 7 original founders. They opened in November 2011.
      We are there to re-stock the shelves only. And that started today when someone bought most of the jadite. So we really don't get a chance to meet people other than the person on cash, who is the same guy it seems.

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  10. Oh my goodness I love that globe and that collection of goodies!! I also love the picture of the dogs playing cards :)

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    1. Hey Keith! Remember when those globes were very popular? No you wouldn't come to think of it....you are much younger. But I do and they were great fun. Teachers had them in class as well.
      My grandfather had a picture of dogs playing cards similar to this one.

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  11. Oh, I'm so glad I don't live nearby. I'd have too much fun buying everything in your little shop-- all the glass bowls, the framed art, that globe! And then I'd have to get myself a basement.

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    1. Mitch! You don't need a basement, trust me! Admire from a distance.
      That globe was Ron's back in the 50's. A few new countries are not there as well as some countries that no longer exist as such.

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  12. I'm about to retire, and have a house full of things, mostly cameras, enlargers, books, photographs, and a number of antiques. I need a place like this!

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    1. Yes you do Jim! There must be something around where you live. You could always try e-bay. Good luck.

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  13. I love your stuff! I have the same green bowl, the pyrex one on the second shelf. That thing is old!

    I love old/vintage things. I go directly to all those little shops and there are tons of them down here in the south.

    As a matter of fact this Saturday I'm going back to the same country auction where I got those vintage 1940 lawn chairs/table that bill and I got last year. You'll hear me screaming up in Canada if I find more of maybe even a glider!

    Good luck with your sale, and have fun!

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    1. I have a set of these bowls that I use all the time for various things in the kitchen. They are so durable and easy to use/clean.

      Good luck this Saturday Jen...hope you find more of those great chairs...I remember them. I'll be keeping my ears perked!!!lol

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  14. Are you selling your Pyrex Primary bowls as a set? or seperatly? I am in Desperate need of a red bowl to finish a set for a wedding present!

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    1. It's going as a set, Mick. What size do you need? The one above small? I think it's the 402? I could be wrong. Let me know. I have two red 402's. Email me Mick.

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  15. That makes me feel "old". Had so much of it in my first kitchen...
    :D
    Neat set-up!

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    1. Thanks Sharon. That makes two of us!! Actually I remember my mom used a lot of the same stuff too.

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  16. Mid-Century Maniac! Great name! I like the sail boat photo and the little blue tea pot.

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    1. I couldn't think of a better one to describe my fondness for this time period. That small boat is the Bluenose a working/sailing schooner here in Nova Scotia. It is quite a famous schooner and is on our Canadian dime (10 cent piece).

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  17. What a fantastic idea, something I've thought of off and on but....you know, the health. Love the name, best wishes!

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    1. Thanks Joanne! Actually I had to `wait and see` too due health things. Between the two of us here, it should go well.

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  18. Hi Jim,
    What a good idea and fun to set up also. Good luck, though I am sure it will do well, they will be pleased you have back up stock!
    Ivan

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    1. LOL! That`s for sure! We have lots of stock!! It is fun actually Ivan....going over everyday to re-stock the shelves....and discovering what is and is not selling.

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  19. I like your set up. Mid century modern is very in so I imagine (hope) that you'll do well. Do you live in a mid century house? We had a 1973 house when we lived in California. Lovely lines but not very well built but once we upgraded it for modern living I loved the combination of mid century and modern comfort. Here we have a 1930's home.

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    1. Our house was built in the mid 1950`s. I discovered this while renovating the bathroom....inside a wall someone wrote the date of construction. It is a very well made and solid bungalow......suits us fine.
      We both smiled when we saw 1973 in your comment....this date is always popping up for us....always! The year we met. lol

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