Antiquing at the ARC next weekend!
Guest Blog Post by Antiques by Design:
Smart Tips for Antique & Vintage Shopping!
Shopping shows & markets can be a great experience with bargain prices, unique finds and the thrill of the hunt all making for a perfect weekend excursion. In the moment, however, they can also be a bit overwhelming as it can be tough to know what to buy and what to pass up. Before heading out, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Do your homework. Especially if you are looking to make a big ticket purchase, it’s important to go into the show, or market knowing the price range of an item you like. Having comparison shopped will save you headaches and some hemming and hawing. The usual internet suspects of Ebay and Craigslist can quickly give you an idea what an item should cost.
- Check the item’s materials and their condition. Price should correlate to quality. See if the item has original tags to help date it and let you know if you’ve got the “real thing” or a knock-off. Also, notice what it’s made of: is it leather or nagahide, glass or plastic, oak or pine? Whatever the materials, expect some age-appropriate wear and tear, but make sure there aren’t any substantial flaws. That $50 antique dinner table won’t seem like a bargain when you realize it has a giant, hard-to-mask gash. Politely mention this kind of thing to the seller, and you’ll have ammunition for bargaining.
- Size up the seller. If you’re unsure, you can get hints as to whether the price is fair by looking around and talking to the owner/vendor. Notice if there are other pieces whose price range you’re more familiar with, and see if they’re reasonable. If you’re at a flea market, take your time and comparison shop between booths (and know that prices will be more negotiable by the end of the day). As for the vendors themselves, don’t be afraid to ask questions. I know I feel more comfortable shelling out cash when the seller proves he really knows his stuff. Also, an item feels more valuable to me when I know its history.
- Go with your gut. Maybe those chairs you’ve found are a little more expensive than similar ones you’ve seen, but they have an extra detail you love. It’s your wallet, and the bottom line is whether a price feels fair and worth it to you. If it doesn’t, haggle or walk away. If something is not exorbitantly expensive, my final test for deciding if I “have to have it” is deciding if I would really regret not buying it if I knew someone else had snatched it.
- Bring a tape measure. It helps to know ahead what the dimensions of your space are and what you have room for. Toss a tape measure in your bag to avoid purchasing things that won’t fit your space properly.
- Look for a label. If you know your designers, a label will help you distinguish a real vintage find from a knockoff. Checking for original details will also help you make the distinction. This is where the ability to Google an item on your smartphone can be a game changer.
- Check the craftsmanship. Dovetailed joints, hand-stitched seams, and solid hard wood are all markers of quality and craftsmanship that can help determine an item’s value and let you know if a piece is an heirloom worth investing in or really just “vintage Ikea.”
- Think outside the box. Plenty of quirky vintage pieces can be repurposed as decor if you think outside of the box. I’ve seen vintage wire egg baskets used as pendant lighting, Mexican sugar molds as candle holders and vintage typeface used to spell out words. Get creative and the options will open up.
- Look for good bones. Don’t be turned off by ugly upholstery or a bad paint job. As long as a piece has great bones it will really shine when refinished.
- Consider the cost of refinishing. That said, be sure to calculate the time and cost of sanding down and refinishing or replacing foam and reupholstering before deciding that something is really a bargain. If the initial cost plus labor and materials add up to a good deal and you’re sure you want to take on a project, go for it.
- Be aware of timing. The serious shoppers tend to come out early so things tend to be picked over by the afternoon. On the upside once it gets close to time to wrap things up sellers tend to slash prices or be more open to bargaining in an effort to move a bit more inventory.
Live Music and Family Entertainment
Wear your western gear and enjoy the Stampede Hoedown!
Free admission for Acadia CA membership holders!
From the City of Calgary:
The City is looking at changing some of the Land Use Bylaw rules and developing guidelines to help make new backyard suites more acceptable and fitting in communities. (Click here to be taken to the online survey.)
Backyard Suites Guidelines
On March 12, 2018 City Council approved amendments to the Land Use Bylaw that allow secondary suites as a discretionary use within the R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L land use districts. They also approved adding backyard suites to these districts, but asked City staff to develop standards relating to the design of backyard suites before finalizing this approval. These approvals are part of a process reform for secondary suites.
The standards for backyard suites under development will apply across all districts and are intended to improve the fit of backyard suites in built out communities.
City staff have been reviewing feedback from citizens from previous engagement on backyard suites, discussions at Council, and feedback from neighbouring land owners on past backyard suite applications. This background has given city staff a preliminary overview of the major concerns that neighbours have about backyard suites.
Targeted discussions and workshops with representatives from a number of Calgary’s community associations were held to review these concerns, to discuss concerns that may not have been captured and to explore options to address these concerns.
These discussions, with the feedback from this survey, will form the basis for proposed rule changes and design standards for backyard suites.
Provide your comments on the City of Calgary website to share your feedback with the project team. The survey will be open until July 3, 2018.
Calgary and Area Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan Update Project
Engagement phase two – May 15 – June 8, 2018
The City is updating the Calgary and Area Pathway and Bikeway Plan. It was originally approved in 2000 and is now out-of-date as our city has changed over the years. Many of the pathways and bikeways proposed in the original plan have been built, or are now obsolete because of new developments.
We’re looking for your help in determining how we should prioritize the build out of our network. You can share your feedback by participating in our online survey from May 14 until June 8. The survey and details can be found at Calgary.ca/pathwaybikeway.
The Acadia Community Association is teaming up once again with McDougall United Church to celebrate Neighbour Day 2018 – what better way to do so than with a block party?
Our goal is to unite all our Acadia community groups such as the Acadia Networking and Action Group, the Acadia Friendship Circle, and the Acadia Community Garden and Art Society. The people at McDougall and we, at the community association, agree that connecting with one another should be a priority for community builders. We will serve hot dogs and refreshments and it will be a great opportunity to meet some neighbours and find out what some of these groups have been up to. Last year, about 200 people of all ages joined us to celebrate and get to know some local businesses. This year, the bouncy castle returns, along with some of our favourite community groups and businesses such as Cornerstone Chapel, the Alberta Tennis Centre, and Rucas Bakery. Come meet and say hi to Mayor Nenshi at 11:30am! Please, join us, neighbours! We look forward to celebrating Neighbour Day with you.
McDougall United Church
8516 Athabasca ST SE
11:30am – 3:30pm
Neighbour Day 2018
Transit Service Review Survey (Closes Friday May 18)
The City of Calgary is building new and improved Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes that will shape the way the broader transit network operates. As part of this project, Calgary Transit is reviewing dozens of existing bus routes to develop a more effective and efficient bus network in Calgary.
The goal of this review is to implement a revised bus network linking into the following new BRT routes:
- 17 Avenue S.E. BRT
- North Crosstown BRT
- South Crosstown BRT
The existing bus network is being revised based on the following objectives:
- Make efficient use of the BRT infrastructure (e.g. stations, queue jumps, separate lanes)
- Provide routes that are more direct and easier to understand
- Reduce travel time
- Operate more frequently with a longer span of service on some routes (e.g. start earlier, end later)
- Provide better service to key destinations
- Reduce duplication of service
- Increase ridership
We will be collecting stakeholder and citizen feedback online and at open houses throughout the city. We will report back in the early summer 2018.
Transit Service Review Survey
This Saturday, May 12, at the ARC from 9am – 2pm.
• Paper Shredding
• Electronics Recycling
• Car Batteries
• Reusables table
See poster for full details!
Acadia Clean Up
From the Anderson to Heritage Coalition:
Do you live in
Acadia, Fairview, Haysboro, Kingsland, Southwood, or Willowridge?
The Planning and Development Directors of 6 communities have come together to form the Anderson to Heritage Coalition. Our goal is to advocate for community improvements as developers re-invest in Macleod Trail.
How do you move through the communities?
By Car, Bike, or Foot, we want to know your favourite routes.
RSVP to Kim
Acadia Recreation Complex
Read the Anderson to Heritage Coalition Community Proposal
Anderson to Heritage Coalition
A reminder that we’re holding a spring community meeting to update the community, and watch a 30 minute documentary on community-building in Calgary.
7:00-7:45 Community update
7:45-8:15 Our City Our Soul: Five Neighbourhood Stories (Documentary)
8:15-9:00 Social time and Networking
Snacks, juice and water are provided.
Cash Bar for wine and beer.
ARC Lounge – April 18