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40 Seconds With .... Flora Ellen Photography

Ashley of Flora Ellen Photography has graciously offered to host a photo booth for our shopping guests!

What was your first job?  Harvey's in Stoney Creek off Grey's Road. I bought onion rings at the end of almost every shift! HA!

Ashley of Flora Ellen Photography has graciously offered to host a photo booth for our shopping guests!

Your favourite item that you will be bringing to VAT40  Obviously my camera! It's my third baby.

Ashley of Flora Ellen Photography has graciously offered to host a photo booth for our shopping guests!

What is your fave vacation spot?  I'm not much of a traveller so I'd say Collingwood or Grand Bend. I like to be able to sit on a beach but get up and look through shops or get ice cream as well.

Ashley of Flora Ellen Photography has graciously offered to host a photo booth for our shopping guests!

Guilty pleasures... Food? tv?  Oh gosh.... wear to start. lol I'm a beer and pizza kind of gal. I'm almost to afraid to admit this but I actually still watch Survivor - and love it! 

Ashley of Flora Ellen Photography has graciously offered to host a photo booth for our shopping guests!

What do you collect? I collect camera lenses and lip glosses! 

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Make sure you stop by Ashley's Photo booth to show off all your purchases! 

Mark your calendars July 14th, 18 Murray St, Grimsby

40 Seconds With .... Vintage 30

Hey I'm Jenny from Vintage 30 and I am the organizer of Vintage at the 40. 

What does your business name mean?  My first booth at the St. Catharines Flea Market was Booth 30, so i was just known as Booth 30, then it became Shop 30 then finally Vintage 30 in 2015

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Do you have any pets? Archie and Reggie 

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Your favourite item that you will be bringing to VAT40? Im so excited about VAT40, I literally have a shop full of furniture, and there will be 14 other vendors.... so bring a truck 

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What was my first job? I  have had a million jobs, but I think my first one was working for a neighbour. Back when computers just started becoming popular to have in your house, my elderly neighbour didn't know how to use one so she hired me to type recipes as she dictated. (saved on floppy disks!)  She had the computer in its own garden shed because she wasn't sure how she felt about having it in her home

Please follow me @shop30vintage

I can't wait for July 14th to see all of YOU! 

Mark your calendars July 14th, 18 Murray St, Grimsby

40 Seconds With .... Selector Records

We sat down with Steve to discuss some important matters, and he is still talking ;)

What was your first job? Gas station attendant so I could huff spilled gas on my coveralls

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What does your business name mean? I am the Selector of Records

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Your favourite item that you will be bringing to VAT40  My lucky hat, and a few thousand records

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What is your fave vacation spot?  My backyard is pretty set up these days

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Do you have any pets?  2 dogs, Norman + Betty and we were recently adopted by a local feral cat Bella who sleeps here almost every night. And hopefully many more to come

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What item did you sell that you wish you kept? my soul, and maybe a couple of leather jackets

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Guilty pleasures... Um yes. and now that its almost legal I guess I can say it: weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed

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What do you collect?   Dust, empties and dollar bills baby

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Do you have a nickname?  Not that I can say in public lol. But most people know my as the guy who rarely shuts up, apologies to everyone

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We can't wait for July 14th to see Steve again, we missed him!

Mark your calendars July 14th, 18 Murray St, Grimsby

40 Secconds With .... Corner Shop Decors

We sat down with Katherine to discuss some important matters, and she gave us all the deets

What was your first job? My first job was at the Smithville arena – A summer job cutting lawns, gardening and maintenance

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What does your business name mean? Cornershop was developed because our booth at the St. Catharines Flea market was a corner booth. Cornershop to me also means – A variety of things – there is no limited to what I can offer the public

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Your favourite item that you will be bringing to VAT40?  My Bluestone paint, knobs and my painted dressers

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What is your fave vacation spot?  I enjoy all vacations, but My best and memorable vacation is Amsterdam. The place was amazing and the company was even better ;)

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Do you have any pets?  Yes I have three amazing, adorable kitties – Kitty, Brooklyn and Arlin

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We can't wait for July 14th to see what bright coloured designs Katherine will bring to the market

Mark your calendars July 14th, 18 Murray St, Grimsby

40 Seconds with... Kozy Kat Vintage

We sat down with Katherine to discuss some important matters, and she showed us the way.

What was your first job?   Humber Bay Library when I was 15. I loved it!


What is your fave vacation spot?  Nevada! It’s like my second home!

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Do you have any pets?  Yes! I have 4 cats!

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What item did you sell that you wish you kept?  A mint in box Pyrex Promo Crazy Quilt one-quart Cinderella Casserole! It’s the only item I regret selling. 

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What do you collect?

It might be easier to list what I don’t collect but here is goes!  Pyrex, Fire King, Hazel Atlas, Glasses, Bowls, Skeleton Keys, Dice, Marbles, Buttons (the sewing kind), Hat Pins, Kokeshi Dolls, Cobalt Blue Glass, Milk Glass, Empoli Glass, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Egg Cups, Glass Birds, Deer, Miniature Animals, Perfume Bottles, Glass Paperweights, Photographs, Books, Printing Block Letters, Wooden Advertising Hangers, Woven Trivets, And I’m sure I’m forgotten some!  All vintage of course

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We can't wait for July 14th to see if Katherine will share of her amazing collections with us!

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40 Seconds with... bettiecouture

We sat down with Corry to discuss some important matters, and she was a chatterbox

What item did you sell that you wish you kept?  I regret shipping a pristine white Swedfurn pod chair to California WHERE IT WENT UNCLAIMED

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Do you have any pets?  I have two black cats Bubba and Tyree

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What does your business name mean?  bettiecouture: “Bettie” as in quintessential vintage pin up model Bettie Page (sassy/risqué)and “couture” as in anything fabric/fashion/stylish of the same era...

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Your favourite item that you will be bringing to VAT40?   I am bringing to VAT40 are my Dansk Copco and Flammfest cookware and my insane collection of vintage belts

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We can't wait for July 14th to see what surprises Corry will have for us!

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40 Seconds with .... Shabby Tabby Vintage

We sat down with Kim to discuss some important matters, and she revealed it all

What was your first job? Mother’s helper (aka babysitter)

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What does your business name mean? My favourite cats are tabbies, I wanted vintage in the name and shabby brought it all together!

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Your favourite item that you will be bringing to VAT40?  Everything! If I don’t love it, it doesn’t make the cut. (except unicorns - I’m not a unicorn person but customers love them)

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Do you have any pets? (see above!) Burly and Miss Maggie

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What item did you sell that you wish you kept?  Anything turquoise and that shell chandelier

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Guilty pleasure? Trying new restaurants ! ..cheese, the kind that bites you back.

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What do you collect? If I have more than 3, it’s a collection so.....I have lots of collections!

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We can't wait for July 14th to see what Kim has in store for us!

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40 Seconds with  ....  West Village Vintage

We sat down with Katherine to discuss some important matters, and she let the cat out of the bag

What was your first job?

My very first job was busting tables at a local restaurant in Westdale!

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What does your business name mean?

The name "West Village Vintage", was something that I came up with myself! I wanted to stay true to where I live, which is in "Westdale village". Being a vintage seller, I combined the two together to create this online Instagram shop! 

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Guilty pleasures... Food? tv?

One major guilty pleasure is going on a vintage antique road trip! For those who Follow, you all have seen how packed we can fill a tiny Toyota Yaris with goodies! Such fun!

ALSO watching "Yardsale Showdown" on Netflix is always fun! 

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What do you collect?

I collect Tonala Mexican pottery! Lots of fellow Instagram shops know this as well, as I always snag the latest Tonala finds right away!! To me, I think of each piece as a true piece of artwork! My favorite ones are the ADORABLE pottery owls! 

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Your favourite item that you will be bringing to VAT40

SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!! Though, I have to say that I wish I had enough room to keep the large amount of vintage Brass that I am bringing! 

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Do you have any pets?

YES! I have two amazing pets at home... both seniors! I have a beautiful 19 (yes nineteen) year old kitten at home named Cassie. She is the kindest cat in the whole wide world! - Fun Fact, she can say "Hello!"

I Also have a very old Shipoo puppy named Willie! We think he's 14, though no one really knows for sure as he was adopted. 

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What is your fave vacation spot?

My Favourite Vacation spot is in MEXICO!!! For those who follow me... and my fellow Instagram shop peeps know that I love collecting Mexican Tonala pottery!!!!

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What item did you sell that you wish you kept?

Right before I started collecting Tonala, I sold a few pieces! Now I have more than I can count but I still wish I kept more!!

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Do you have a nickname?

My Mother has always called me "Smudge" ever since I was a baby! I honestly have no clue why haha!

- yes, she still calls me Smudge today! 

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We can't wait for July 14th to see what Katherine has in her Yaris for us

Mark your calendars July 14th, 18 Murray St, Grimsby

40 Seconds with .... With a Little Curl

We sat down with Mary Anne to discuss some important matters, and she gave us the lowdown

What does your business name mean?

With a Little Curl is part of a poem my grandmother used to say to me as I shared her trait of curly hair. 

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What is your fave vacation spot? Sauble Beach...we have had a family cottage there all my life. Walking on the beach early in the morning is so calming and summer thunderstorms bring back a l​ot of memories.

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Do you have any pets?

Ava a roti-shepherd cross, totally ad​orable and chill

George our puppy large breed m​ix with 350% energy and the absolute best sideways glance

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What do you collect? Vintage fabric, patterns and sewing books; midcentury magazines; small furniture (can we say I will never run out of places to sit!); anything aqua or mint green; small wood salvage; anything that catches my eye in the moment really.

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We can't wait for July 14th to see what Mary Anne is creating for our Vintage Market

Mark your calendars July 14th, 18 Murray St, Grimsby

40 Seconds with .... Red Hill Vintage

We sat down with Mary to discuss some important matters, and she told us all the dirt!

Do you have any pets?  I have 3 cats, Toby, Pepper and Finny and they are such lovely fur babies. I must include our dear Edward - aka Eddie. sadly we had to say good bye but we enjoyed his love and company for an 19 amazing years ❤️

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What was your first Job?  My first job was at Tim Hortons- it didn’t last long....I can’t bake! I still can’t :)

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What do you collect? EVERYTHING !!!! Lol I’ve been collecting for around 25 yrs and my tastes have changed many times. I do tend to gravitate to pottery, woven items and art.

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What does your business name mean? My insta name is the area I grew up in and where I have stayed for over 45 yrs. I’m now raising two happy and healthy teens and my husband is a very active member in our community and we’ve been together for nearly 26 yrs. Proud East Enders we are ✌️

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We can't wait for July 14th to see what Mary has found from all over Ontario, Quebec and the Maritiimes

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40 Seconds with .... Spare Change Furnishings

We sat down with Dana to discuss some important matters, and she told us all juicy details

What does your business name mean?

Spare = extra, leftover, secondhand

Change = low prices (AKA pocket change) and most furniture pieces we breathe new life into them and CHANGE them up using Fusion Mineral Paint so they are ready for their next life 🖌👍!

Furnishings = all things to accessorize and outfit your home 

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What is your fave vacation spot?

Hitting the road in my 1973 Coleman Valley Forge camper to visit my family in beautiful, peaceful Prince Edward Island 🚙❤

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Do you have any pets?

Wiser -- 3 year old yellow lab

Isabella -- 10 year old orange tabby

Spud -- 1 year old buff tabby (our lil piece of PEI)

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What do you collect?

What don't I collect! Currently though...

- Vintage Fisher Price toys

- Vintage Tupperware

- Vintage bedding...sheets, quilts, pillow cases, blankets...the bolder and brighter, the better🌼🌷

- NEEDLEPOINTS!!! My collection is currently looming around 100 🙃

- anything Holly Hobbie 💗

- dust bunnies...🤣🤣🤣!!!

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We can't wait for July 14th to see if Dana will share some of her collections with us!!

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40 Seconds with .... Bala Girl Vintage

We sat down with Lori to discuss some important matters, and she spilled the Beans

What was your first job?

My first real job was working at a kids summer camp, in the kitchen.

I made $300.00, for the entire summer.

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What does your business name mean? My grandparents had a cottage in Bala, Muskoka. I still love Bala, and did not consider any name other than Balagirl Vintage, when it came to naming my business.

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Your favourite item you will be bringing to VAT40? No idea yet, but it's going to be good!

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What is your favourite vacation spot? The Netherlands

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Do you have any pets? No, my sweet black lab, Summer, passed in December.

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Guilty pleasures... Food? I have a popcorn "problem"

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What item did you sell that you wish you kept? Many moons ago, I sold a set of Mid-Century lounge chairs, not really realizing their true worth!

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What do you collect? I collect Muskoka/Bala items.

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Do you have a nickname? Mom? lol

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We can't wait for July 14th to see what Lori has put on the truck for us!

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40 Seconds with .... Hammer and the Twist

We sat down with Zee to discuss some important matters, and she spilled her guts..

What was your first job?   I was a Gulf girl! Pumping gas​


What does your business name mean?

It's my love and connection to Hamilton (Hammer) and putting my spin (twist) on things

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Your favourite item that you will be bringing to VAT40?

I love everything I bring but I am excited about a 1960's wedding dress!

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What is your fave vacation spot?

Any place that has a beach😎

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Do you have any pets?

Yes, 2 dogs 2 cats

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What item did you sell that you wish you kept?

1950's hutch

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Guilty pleasures... Food? 

Cheese, cheese and more cheese!

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What do you collect?

Brass and milk glass and purses

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Do you have a nickname?

I did! I don't anymore😜

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We can't wait for July 14th to see what Zee has in store for us! 

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