Every time I sold an antique or collectible item, I felt like I saved a treasure from destruction.  I found a home for an item that might otherwise be forgotten and unappreciated, thrown in the garbage and lost forever.

Collecting antiques is the high end of recycling and going green.  There are antiques that have survived hundreds of years and have been passed down from generation to generation.

A recent English study conducted by carbon-clear.com was commissioned by antiquesaregreen.org and other members of The Antiques Trade. It began with the h ypothesis that a new piece of furniture would last 15 years and an antique piece would be resold every 30 years. Based on this pattern of consumption, the study concluded that the ecological impact of antique furniture is nearly 6 times less than new furniture.  Over the course of 15 years, the antique furniture produced an average of 57kg of CO2 for transportation and restoration. Compare this to 340kg of CO2 for new furniture

Antiques are Green was launched by Nigel Worboys in September 2009-“ The first website to promote the green credentials of antiques”. Through the not-for-profit project antiques will be recognised for their genuine green hallmark-“ sustainable, re-usable and re-saleable ”. As consumers become aware of this, the trade will have access to new markets, for example, people who may have not considered buying antiques before, it will also strengthen existing markets. There has never been a better time for his initiative. – Let’s give a new reason to buy our wonderful unique product!

Check it out at http://www.antiquesaregreen.org

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Collecting Tea Cups and Saucers

We would like to invite you to our new venture – The Downtown Toronto Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale, featuring over 40 vendors.  You’ll be able to find a treasure – perhaps a pretty cup and saucer to add to your collection.

I love vintage tea cups and saucers! They are so romantic and take us back to a time of hand-embroidered tablecloths, fine bone china floral tea cups, dainty sandwiches and pastries, dressing up in pretty dresses with stunning hats.

There are countless different styles from England, Germany, France, Japan, etc.  Art deco, Victorian, 50s, you name it.  Some are floral, some are souvenir, scenic, abstract, hand painted or transferware.

Collecting tea cups and saucers is affordable, with price ranges starting at less than $10.  You can serve tea in them and use them for special occasions or even every day.  Rare antique cups and saucers can reach prices in the hundreds of dollars or higher and can be displayed in china cabinets. Each one is a work of art!

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Welcome everyone!

Welcome to Toronto Antique Shows.  Our mission is to bring innovative ideas and excitement back into antiques and collectibles in Toronto.

Our theme is FIND A TREASURE!

Why collect antiques or collectibles?

  • It is like a treasure hunt! Searching is an adventure!  It can take you to quaint antique shops, interesting shows, different places out of town, or even out of the country! Antiques are everywhere, just waiting to be found!
  • It is a passion! When you find what you are looking for, your treasure will touch your soul and bring you joy!
  • Uniqueness! Treasures from the past display designs, craftsmanship and quality that you might not be able to find in contemporary items!
  • Bargains! Many treasures from the past are discovered at very reasonable prices!  They are also a good investment since they are becoming more scarce as time passes.
  • Meet interesting people! Be part of a community of collectors and dealers who share your enthusiasm and interest!

We would also like to invite you to our new venture – The Downtown Toronto Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale, featuring over 40 vendors.

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