According to Wikipedia, "Antiquing is the act of shopping, identifying, negotiating, or bargaining for antiques. Items can be bought for personal use, gifts, and in the case of brokers and dealers, profit. Antiquing is performed at garage sales, estate sales, resort towns, antiques districts, collectives, and international auction houses."
Whew. Now go wash your grimy, dusty hands.
I hit our Antique Mall Downtown on Erie Street yesterday juuuuust to see if I could find a serving platter that was not $30 like the ones I found at the Libby Glass Factory Outlet next door. Note: they were all boring and one color. I would pay for a really cool serving dish but not a giant COLORLESS one. Dull.
Regardless, I entered the Antique mall and it felt like I hit a pirate ship of sunken treasure! This place was crazy loaded with all kinds of miscellaneous items - you know - antiques! However, there were not just antiques, nope, there were perfectly new Crabtree & Evelynn items..don't start a stampede...
It was fun to peruse the booths of OPS (other peoples' stuff) and I felt like I was snooping, which made it even more fun. I kept opening drawers to credenzas, peeking behind pictures, and lifting up things to look at the bottom of it and NOBODY cared. The carnival of randomness was totally empty too so I really owned the joint.
I would like to go back there to hit the jewelry section because I saw some beauts in there just calling my name. There was also a section displaying purses that did NOT look like knock-offs and if I can't tell, then no one will know. I can already hear the lie coming out of my mouth..."Thanks! I got it in Toronto...I just felt like I deserved it...it was Canadian money it, felt like Monopoly money!"
Check out your local Antique Mall for some good clean (well, not really) fun, after all, it is supporting local business and technically it's recycling too.