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This Just In: Art Deco sophistication for your home

Two butterflies mounted in a circular frame
1930s medical office tongue depressor canister, glass with metal lid
1930s ashtray, black glass with silver trim, JP (John Player) monogram
1940s Brownie box camera, made in Canada

I have no idea whether the camera works, but The Brownie Camera Guy has a page about this model that includes the original manual for download. And if it doesn’t work, you can always use it as a secret hiding place (it really is a “box” camera)!

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Fire King jadeite mugs are a must-have in the vintage kitchen, and I’ve just brought in another half dozen 1950s D-handle mugs. Also a pair of hard-to-find ivory Fire King mugs with 1940s bottom stamps. $30 each.

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My Fisher Price Children’s Hospital sold at the Doll & Toy show on the 15th - it went home with an adorable little girl named Ella. I’m always glad when toys are bought to be played with, rather than put on a shelf, especially Fisher Price toys, which have so much play value. Still have the vintage Sesame Street Playset and a 1976 FP Dollhouse with furniture!

Speaking of dollhouse furniture, I stocked up the booth with vintage miniatures for the Doll & Toy show, and several pieces went home with a couple from England as well as a Saskatchewan collector. We’re going to stay in touch as they have specific pieces they’re looking for. I’m in the process of setting up a Ruby Lane shop for online sales, but in the meantime, you can e-mail me at if you’re looking for particular vintage household items or dollhouse miniatures.

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Another reason to shop at the flea market!

A Virginia woman who paid $7 for a Renoir painting at a flea market - and ignored it until a recent cleaning spree - will sell the piece this month for what should be a tidy profit.

Try $75,000 to $100,000, according to auctioneer Potomack Co., which will handle the sale of “Paysage Bords de Seine” by impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

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Doll & Toy Show at the Flea Market Today!

Antique & vintage dolls & toys in addition to the usual flea market goodies, 8:30 to 5:00 today only.

And in honour of the occasion, I’ve brought in my dream kitchen for the Barbies to cook in.

Deluxe Reading Toy Corp produced this wonderfully detailed, ice cream-coloured Deluxe Dream Kitchen in 1963. 

Included here are all four original appliances — refrigerator, sink, stove, and dishwasher — and the table with four chairs. The cabinet doors open, the refrigerator has pull out shelves and a hinged door on the butter compartment, the dishwasher has a pull out dish rack, and the sink has a moveable faucet. Perfect size for Barbie, Tammy, Blythe, or other 11” fashion dolls.

Like most of these play kitchens, there are some cracks in the plastic that have been glued, and the oven rotisserie and one of the water reservoirs are missing, so it’s priced accordingly at $95, including the food & dishes shown (dolls not included).

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How to get to Sesame Street

The Fisher Price replica of the Sesame Street brownstone and Mr. Hooper’s store came out in 1975 and has become one of the hottest playsets for collectors. This set is in excellent condition, with handle, doors, chalkboard, and lithos intact. It comes with 4 characters - Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, and Mr. Hooper - plus 9 other accessories, including the hard-to-find street light and fire hydrant. $75.

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Love those 60s graphics. 

Thermos brand metal thermos with red plastic stopper and cup, glass liner intact. $45.