Fueling the creativity: junkin’ on my lunch break

Hello friends! One more day and it is the weekend! Yeah! I am so looking forward to it!

How about you? What do you have planned for this weekend?


When it starts getting closer to the weekend, I find that it is really hard for me to concentrate on my work during the day when all I can think about is heading on over to our local antique mall to check out the new arrivals. What’s a girl to do but sneak over to the said antique mall on her one hour lunch break to get in her “junkin’ fix” for the week.

Shhhhh… please don’t tell my husband. Haha!

Actually, he knows that I sometimes spend time there. He just tells me “don’t bring anything else home!” In reply, I tell him that I am only going there for some inspiration. This is true for the most part, unless I find something that just has to come home with me!

Does your husband or wife say the same thing to you?

I do know that I usually only buy something if it is a great price. I will only go above my budget when I find something that is so incredibly awesome that I just have to have it and if I pass it up I will regret it. So most of the time when I go shopping I come home empty-handed.

I recently made a guideline for myself that I won’t bring anything into my house unless I absolutely love it or I have a use for it. Otherwise if I went crazy shopping everyday and brought all of the things home that caught my attention, my house might be scheduled in for an episode of Hoarders!



Old Strathcona Antique Mall


This is the Antique Mall that I visited yesterday. The Old Strathcona Antique Mall has over 300 booths on two levels and it is filled to the brim with everything vintage and antique including a large assortment of antique furniture. Sometimes there are deals to be had here but most of the time I just go to look around. Unfortunately, some things are way overpriced because the vendors know that people here love to shop for vintage items and they think that people should have to pay extra for it.




There are quite a few booths there displaying Shabby chic and cottage style decor like this one. Do you see the bookcase in the middle of the photo? I like the idea of lining the inside of a bookcase with sheet music! It updates a plain bookcase from boring to fabulous for very little money.




I would of snapped up these transferware dishes in a second but they were a little out of my budget. That’s ok. I will keep an eye out in the thrift stores and at garage sales for some other pieces to add to my collection.




I also loved this bubble milk glass cream and sugar set.  Very unique!




What about this beautiful white cottage night stand?




Or the gorgeous Gothic-style display cabinet on the far left?






There are a lot of these vintage kitchen scales to be found…




and large collections of vintage tins and jars. Do some of these bring back memories or what?




I thought this large framed world map was really cool. If I were to buy it I would paint out the frame white and then distress it before hanging it on my wall in my office.




I really liked this bottle because of its time-worn finish. I think it would be very easy to replicate. All you would need is an empty liquor bottle, a color copy of a vintage label and some Modge Podge and you would have your own distressed bottle.




These vintage books really caught my eye too. I love the raised scrolled design on the spines.






This lamp almost looks like alabaster to me. I think that you could easily replicate this look with a ceramic lamp, some creamy satin spray paint and some modeling clay.






Loads and loads of inspiration around every corner in this place!




I especially loved this picture frame. I want to paint one of my frames in this finish one day.




I see another tutorial in the near future!




Almost the entire top level of this antique mall is filled with antique furniture.




This display just reads “garden style” decor to me. I love the white enamel buckets and the galvanized bins. Wouldn’t everything look wonderful in a potting shed?



There is another important reason why I like to head out to the antique mall every once and a while. They have quite a selection of vintage candy that can be purchased. It brings back great memories from when I was kid.




My husband would be so proud of me this time! I didn’t come home with anything except some great inspiration to fuel my creativity and some of my all-time favorite candies!

I love these things! Once I open the package, 10 minutes later I have eaten the entire thing without even realizing it! They are so yummy!




What are your favorite places to go for inspiration where you live? What vintage items have you found lately? I would love to hear about them.


I hope you enjoyed my little tour of one of our local antique malls. I would have liked to have stayed longer so I could have taken more photos to share with you but there is only so much that can be done in an hour on my lunch break! It’s ok because I am sure I will feel the need to head to the antique mall one day soon when the mood strikes again and I will have more to share.


For those of you that live in the Edmonton, Alberta area I want to pass on a promotion that Leanne over at Apple Box Boutique has going on this Sunday during the Highlands Street Festival. She will be demonstrating the technique of applying Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, answering questions etc. and she is also offering ASCP at $50 per can. Please stop by her blog for more information.


Apple Box Boutique


Well, I am off to bed after a very long day. I injured my back today while helping my husband lift my Mom’s old buffet out of the back of his truck. Oops! I know, I should be more careful! I am fine, just a little sore. I am hoping some good rest will help.


Have a great evening!






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  1. Audrey Zumwalt

    good morning Carrie … Enjoyed going with you on your “lunch break” … but I have to stay out of places like that … I want too much. My husband is like yours … no more junk. I loved all the garden stuff. Take care of your back.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

    1. Carrie

      Hello Audrey! My back is feeling much better today, thanks! I am happy to know that I am not alone when it comes to our husbands telling us to only to window shop!
      Thanks for stopping by.
      I hope you have a great weekend.

  2. Janet

    I could easily go crazy in a place like that! I’m in a power wheelchair which limits my ability to get into tight spaces, which can be a good thing! I can’t even get close enough to inspect stuff a lot of the time, if I find an A/C mall like you have to go through. I was very good yesterday when hubs and I were out. He loves to do this too. We started at Salvation Army and ended at an upscale consignment shop. Actually, my mahogany triple dresser came from that shop a few years ago to match the antique highboy hubs got and refinished decades ago and the bedside table he did to match that. But his back had had enough so we left without even a little thing that we might have looked at more closely had we felt better.

    1. Carrie

      Janet, I can understand your frustration with trying to get around in a wheelchair. It is really difficult to move around in those places. There is so much stuff packed into a tiny space. Your husband sounds like a wonderful guy and it is great that he shares your love of thrifting. It is not my husbands thing so I usually end up going on my own which is still a lot of fun.
      Thanks for stopping by to say hi.
      Have a great night!
      All the best,

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