Memories of Yesteryear

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 1, 2010

I think I figured out why I like antique markets so much- for the memories! We saw so many cool things today that made us reminisce about our past.


We went to the Aberfoyle antique market today. Eric and I hadn’t been since we were in 1st year university. It is located near our old undergraduate university- University of Guelph.




I don’t know why but I am DRAWN to old, worn furniture! I love the boat house style. With a little love they could be brought back to life!


FYI- your baby should have fashion! lol.


I resisted every urge to have tea with the Queen.





The Crazy Dish Lady was here!


Eric said he was ‘so proud’ of me for not buying anything today. ;)



I love old keys. I wonder what they open?


Oh dear.


Those Barbie’s need a stylist!



Classic B & V!!!


I LOVE old, old worn books. You are transported into another era when you open one.


I bought a mannequin leg to hide under the bed for a ‘burglar bat’…


Just kidding. ;) but that would be all kinds of epic.

I’ve always wanted one of these…


I imagine myself sewing all my clothing and being a total fashionista.


An old rowing machine?! That was our guess…


LOVE old doors.

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Little known fact about me: When I was a child I used to have an obsession with COWS. Yes, cows. I had a huge collection of cow paraphernalia. I’m sure it was no surprise to OSGMOM when I became a vegan…! I have always been a huge lover of all kinds of animals.


I used to have this cash register!!!!!


GOSH I loved it- especially the plastic coins inside!

I debated buying it for our future children…but I was distracted by this…


I’m pretty sure I had this too (or something like it). Maybe OSGMOM can verify? :)




I love snowshoeing!



She be chillin’.


Eric and I saw this white & very ‘rough’ china cabinet that would have been PERFECT to refinish and fix-up for our kitchen dining area, but it wouldn’t fit in our car. =( It was marked down to just $50! We were so sad because we wanted it so badly and we were excited about having a piece of furniture to work on and bring back to life. It was gorgeous! I guess it wasn’t meant to be though.

Afterwards, we drove by our old university!

Sorry the shots are so poor, I was in the passenger side of the moving car and had my macro lens on!


The thing I loved best about U of G is the beautiful campus, trees, and buildings.



Then we drove downtown to go out for lunch.



We tried out a vegetarian restaurant in Guelph called The Cornerstone. It was here the entire 5 years we lived in Guelph and we never once went to it! We both thought it was a coffee shop from the outside so we never bothered to go inside (we aren’t coffee drinkers).


The inside decor was pretty cool. High industrial ceilings with an open kitchen and lots of bar tables and stools. The downside to this place was no air conditioning. With the open-kitchen, it must have been over 100 degrees in there today. We were very uncomfortable and sweating at our table.


We guzzled this to stay cool…


Poor Eric was so hot he said ‘I’m sticking to my chair’.


We got the Garlic costini along with sun-dried tomato, hummus, and artichoke spreads for an appetizer. It took about 45 minutes for our appetizers to arrive. It was already 2:30pm at this point and we were starving.


It was delicious and we ate 90% of it.


For my main, I had a spinach, hummus, carrot, cuke, and roasted red pepper aioli whole wheat wrap.  By the time our main courses arrived we had been waiting for 1 hour 20 minutes. It was clearly an issue of understaffing as all the servers seemed very flustered and rushed.

The wrap was pretty good (but I think anything would taste good after 1 hour 20 mins).


Eric got the veggie pizza and he enjoyed it too.


All in all The Cornerstone had good tasting food in a nicely presented manner. They also had several vegan options on the menu clearly indicated with a ‘v’ (loved that!). On the downside, we probably would not go back due to the long wait time and the uncomfortable & hot atmosphere.

Well, it is almost time to eat again. We are going to do a huge BBQ tonight! I am even BBQing a special dessert that I can’t wait to show you. I hope it turns out.

Have a wonderful evening whatever you are up to!

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OSGMOM August 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm

The Doll house looks very familiar and I’m almost certain that you and your sister had one that was very similar. The Cow Collection — oh yes, I remember that phase too :) I laughed at the photo of the Bad Hair Day Barbies — they look just like the Barbies I have put away upstairs that you played with along with the many Trolls, stuffed animals and crafting items. Glad you had fun today.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I’m a college student who likes antiques. I swear I’m not a granny.


Camille August 2, 2010 at 12:26 am

Gorgeous photos today!
I loved every last one of them :)


anne August 2, 2010 at 3:22 am

There is NO way I would have gotten away from those cups and bowls without buying something, hahaha…great pics and I can see why Eric is proud of you :-)


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 2, 2010 at 6:26 am

I’m not really a fan on antiques, but I also get that way around the antiques of my family members. I love the memories!


Roselie August 2, 2010 at 6:41 am

I love antique shopping, there are so many interesting things to be found! There’s something about the old and forgotten things that I really love! And ooh that dollhouse, what memories….


Jessica @ Jessica Balances August 2, 2010 at 7:25 am

Oh man, someone would have had to drag me away from those tea cups and dishes!!! I have a really strange obsession with cute dishes… It’s really dangerous for me to go to Anthropologie for that very reason. :) I love this post! The photos are all so beautiful.


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 2, 2010 at 7:27 am

Your day reminds me of my mom. She loves going to antique stores. I like finding old books and furniture. It takes a lot of looking, but you can find some great (cheap) home goods there.


Laura (B Foxy Fitness) August 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

What a cool antique market! I love antiques because they just have this mature energy, history, and nostalgia attached to them. It makes me wonder what kind of people these items belonged to and what things these items witnessed. I love all of your photography too! Absolutely stunning photos!


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 2, 2010 at 7:45 am

every photo here is AWESOME, but i have to say i laughed out loud at the naked barbies! hilarious!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 2, 2010 at 7:45 am

That looks like an amazing antique market! I had no idea we had something like that in this area. I used to go antiquing last summer with my friend and I ended up starting a collection of china tea cups + saucers. They’re just so cute!

I’ve been to visit my friends at U of Guelph a few times and I agree it’s a gorgeous campus. Nothing compared to Western though. ;)


LisaG August 2, 2010 at 7:50 am

I love antiquing. I’m jealous.


Adeline August 2, 2010 at 8:04 am

I’ll step out of my lurking for a second to say: those thin China tea cups make *gorgeous* tealight holders! A quirky restaurant here started doing that about a year ago and now a few places do it too, it looks soo pretty! The China has to be thin enough so you’ll see the flame in the dark, and it looks even better with mismatched cups and saucers. :)


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies August 2, 2010 at 8:10 am

Loved Archie comics when I was little!! haha


Lynn @ The Next Chapter August 2, 2010 at 9:54 am

I loved this post! Your pictures are gorgeous, now you have me looking up antique markets in Nova Scotia! :)


maria August 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

What fun weekend pic’s! Just wanted to tell you that I look forward to checking your site each day for inspiration and a pick me up :) I am battling demons of emotional/stress eating & trying to get back to a healthy place and this site really motivates me. Keep up the good work!


Jen August 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

The photos are lovely – a lot of them look like paintings!


Julie @SavvyEats August 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I used to have that cash register too! :)


Amber K August 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Looks like really yummy food, but I probably would have left if I had to wait that long to eat! When I’m hungry, I need food, STAT!


Caroline August 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Aaahh! Angela, I’ve been a reader for a while but have never commented, but today I had to – Guelph is my hometown! My parents’ house is literally a 5 minute walk from downtown, and about 10 minutes from the university. You’re right, it is beautiful and when I’m away at school, I miss it (I go to Queen’s…bit more beautiful than U of G – just sayin’ ;]). Thanks for reppin’ my hometown to the blogworld!


Fueling for Fitness August 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I did my undergrad at UoG too so those pictures brought back sooo many memories! I think I only ate the the Cornerstone once and had the same experience (time-wise). It’s too bad that hasn’t changed! I think my favourite restaurants in Guelph were Carden St. Cafe and the Boathouse (ooh, and this other place whose name escapes me now). I wonder if anything’s changed much since I’ve been there!



Michelle August 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Oh man, I had that EXACT Barbie house growing up just mine had a lot more furniture. I also had that cash register as well. This post is bringing back major memories haha.


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