Best of Both Worlds, now at Fan Tan Alley

“When we enlarge our view of the world, we deepen our understanding of our own lives.” — Yo-Yo Ma

Linda and I visited Best of Both Worlds at the Quadra Street location in the fall of 2015.  http://www.victoriassecretgems.ca/best-of-both-worlds-imports/
However, this new location in popular Fan Tan Alley is proving to be a good move, due to the enhanced foot traffic.

 

The first thing that caught my eye upon

entering the store was this silk lamp

from Thailand.  Striking!

 

 

Then there was the collection of  small

lidded boxes — a weakness of mine! —

made of mango wood.

Of course, there were Thai silk scarves……………

………………….beautiful hand crafted paper parasols………..

………………..picnic baskets from China………….an elephant table from Thailand……..
   

……………..Thai silk cushions……………….

……………..carved statues and figures………….

……………wall carvings…………………bamboo ladders for climbing or for displaying throws, etc.
  

And then there was the furniture, such as this 12-drawer teak cabinet from Thailand,
or this 30″ saddle stool from China,
        
or this reclaimed teak cabinet from Thailand,
or this substantial warrior chair made of monkey wood from Thailand, or this armoire from China.
         

There were several styles of carts from India.

There were unique shelf units or bar storage units from India made of reclaimed wood and iron.
          

Reclaimed wood items from India seemed to be particularly popular.

Perhaps because I’m a newly minted grandma, I was drawn to this child’s rocker from Thailand,
     

and this, my favourite piece, a unique chest from India made of reclaimed wood.

Do visit this charming store in Fan Tan Alley or the warehouse on Quadra St and let your senses experience some of the unique products from the Far Eastern world.  Your sense of smell will let you know when you’ve crossed the threshold!

 

Best of Both Worlds

19 Fan Tan Alley
250-590-0695

2713 Quadra Street 
250-386-8365

www.bestofbothworldsimports.com

Mon – Sat 10 – 5,  Sun Noon – 5

Impressa Home-Antique Store

“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Impressa Home is a building of love and beauty; lovingly decorated on the outside….. and full to the brim with beautiful antiques and vintage wares on the inside. Come and take a peek.

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 The combination of vibrant colours, patterns of stripes and checks and the vividness of floral scenes delighted our senses.
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This was a store to explore; it spoke to our imagination. What would it be like inside??
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 Antique chandeliers hung from the rafters, bureaus, dressers, mirrors, tables, and chairs were parked around the perimeter, fur coats, hats, and stuffed animals were placed on mannequins, tea cups and delicate crystals perched on counters and there was still more….
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 It was a room of delight and wonder with a mixture of antique and vintage. Venture into Impressa Home!
Impressa Home
530 Craigflower Rd.
Victoria, BC
250-294-0406
impressa.antiques@gmail.com
M-Tues. 11:30-5:30
Th-Sun. 11:30-5:30
 

The Old Attic, Saanichton

“Our culture’s obsession with vintage objects has rendered us unable to separate history from nostalgia. People want heart. They want a chaser of emotion with their aesthetics.”  —  Sloane Crosley

The Old Attic, Saanichton                

Maybe it’s my age, but as we browsed through The Old Attic in Saanichton, I experienced a significant chaser of emotion, looking at so many items from various time periods of my own life.

The owner, Lynne Parker, had so many anecdotes about items, and clearly she knows each one individually.  She’s constantly bringing in items to replace sold pieces, always searching for good quality pieces to supplement her collections.

“Past to present” is their tagline, and the pieces reflect the various periods.    There’s furniture, linen, decor, jewellery, books & records, games, lamps and artwork, and all items are in very good condition.

                   

In addition to selling quality vintage items, The Old Attic also offers classes in refinishing furniture.
They sell Cottage Paints which you can take with you or use in their shop to work on a project.

                     

A unique collection of vintage tools caught my eye, reminding me of my Grampa’s workbench.
And then in another area, I spotted this most unusual rocking chair with a leather seat inset.

                      

But the items that made my eyes open widest were all the copper pieces, from various periods.
It’s really like a museum, ever-changing in its offerings — plus you can take your favourites home!

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The Old Attic
7925 E Saanich Rd, Saanichton
778-426-1660
www.theoldattic.ca
Sun – Sat 10 am – 5 pm

 

Good Things Consignments

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”  — Le Corbusier

Love a great find?  Come to Good Things Consignments in a stroll-friendly part of Oak Bay Avenue.

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Three rooms of eclectic items — plus items outdoors on a pleasant day — make this a browsing treat!
Wares are well organized and include both vintage and  and nearly new items.  And LOTS of good finds!

There’s furniture, artwork, china & crystal, kitchen wares, jewellery, household appliances, carpets, toys……..really, it’s a treasure chest for living!

 

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The shelf with copper items caught Lili’s attention.

We noticed folks dropping off items for consignment.  We noticed people browsing and buying.
And we noticed a lot of intent looks — and smiles.
With the steady influx of items, we found that it’s worthwhile to browse the shelves every few weeks or so to catch any new additions.
Items are not dirt-cheap, but they’re priced fairly.  And things are in good shape and working order, where appropriate.

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Linda found a classic, useful silver serving plate.  One more person leaving with a parcel and a smile!
A sterling gem!


Good Things Consignments

1841 Oak Bay Avenue, #104
Victoria
250-598-9393
Mon – Sun 10 am – 5:30 pm

Calla Design

“If you love something, it will work.  That’s the only real [design] rule.”  — Bunny Williams

Newly opened in fall of 2015, Calla Design is a longtime dream of designer Janice Long.

Janice says, “People walk in and say that this is the kind of shop/studio they’d expect to find in Los Angeles or maybe Vancouver, but Victoria?”   Yes, in Estevan Village in Victoria!

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The shop features original paintings by local artists,
decor and furniture by Martha Sturdy in Vancouver, solid and custom made furniture by Whittingdon  & Co from Mississauga, Lafco lotions and soaps from New York, and
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luxury home fragrances by Antica Farmacistica from Seattle.

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Calla Design also features unique items found by Janice Long, such
as this chair from the Ken Shore estate in Portland.
Throughout the store Janice has created vignettes showcasing pieces of the fine furniture lines, along with a variety of the decor items and accessories she offers.

The Egyptian cotton towels are sumptuous.
The furniture throws are fine pieces well-crafted from natural fibres.


But the jaw-dropping items for me were the Kinzig lamps made as future collectors’ items using solid brass and copper, with shades of fine silk and other elegant fabrics and inset with
coloured blown-glass features.  Kinzig Lamps are made by Susan Kinzig in San Francisco and the shades are made by Susan’s sister-in-law in Philadelphia.  The colours and shapes of the shades and blown glass in the lamps can be custom ordered through Calla Design and are available as table lamps or floor lamps.  These are undeniably unique and as much pieces of art as they are functional.

 

Calla Design
2541 Estevan Ave, Victoria
778-265-8002

Open Tues – Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sun

Best of Both Worlds Imports

Best of Both Worlds accent tablesI look at every piece of furniture and every object as an individual sculpture.
Kelly Wearstler

Best of Both Worlds Imports is an Asian imports emporium full of such individual sculptures.IMG_3891

Set back from the street, we nearly overlooked the building, but were attracted by the rickshaw parked outside the door.  What drew us inside was a glimpse of the beautifully crafted pieces from Thailand, Bali, and China.
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Stunning pieces of furniture and home décor stand shoulder to shoulder, making us not want to miss a thing as we wind through the aisles of ponderous wooden furniture, fabric art and décor and household items, from useful to whimsical.IMG_3896

The handmade furniture, the large artwork pieces and the unique lamps are only a start to the large number of fascinating items we discovered as we explored both floors of this showroom.

IMG_3899From brightly coloured and embellished table coverings, pillows and rugs to imposing wooden storage chests and tables, we felt as if we were in another world.

What a complete delight to find this true treasure!

 

Best of Both Worlds Imports
2713 Quadra Street,  Victoria   V8T 4E5
250-386-8325
www.bestofbothworldsimports.com

Mon – Sat     10 am – 5 pm
Sun         noon – 5 pm

Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods

“I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture. “ ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods is a “big little” store filled with vintage finds.

Furniture, décor items, books – it’s an inviting display of goods from various bygone periods and not much from the current one! Continue reading “Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods”