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.
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
Exhibition Game Information
Blackfoot Exhibition Game on March 15 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Acadia Rec Complex – Honoring Fairview Arena Heroes!
Let’s Pack the ARC! Everyone is invited to enjoy some action packed minor hockey.
What: Novice 1 Blackfoot Exhibition Game honoring Calgary Safety Codes Officer, Rob Trotta & Fairview Arena Manager Bruce Falconer.
When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Acadia Recreation Complex – 240 90 AV SE
On February 20, 2018, Novice 1A Blue and 1B Gold from Blackfoot Hockey Association were scheduled to practice from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Fairview Arena. At approximately 4:50pm that same day, the arena roof collapsed crushing the stands and ice surface.
To show our appreciation to Calgary Safety Codes Officer, Rob Trotta & Fairview Arena Manager Bruce Falconer for making the right call to shut down the arena and put safety first, the teams are hosting an exhibition game in their honor. Prior to puck drop, there will be a ceremony at center ice.
Calgary Aging in Place Cooperative (CAIP)
presents a FREE session:
You are invited to an interactive, educational session offering
proven methods to prevent falls & injury.
Techniques will be demonstrated & you get to try them yourself.
- You can instantly reduce your chance of falling by up to 70%
- Techniques to reduce other injuries
- Guidance on better body positioning, posture and movement
Ian McCabe CHSC, has been presenting injury preventative strategies for more than 15 years.
No need to register; it’s a drop-in session.
For more information, contact Ian
Supported by the Acadia Strong Neighbourhood Initiative and Acadia Community Association
Personal Injury Prevention for Seniors
Ever wanted to curl but didn’t know where to start?
Have you curled before but want to hone your skills?
The Acadia Recreation Complex is hosting two curling clinics on Saturday, October 1st.
LEARN TO CURL and INTERMEDIATE
Register at the ARC today!
Wyldewood Estates Land Use Redesignation (Rezoning) Application
From the City of Calgary:
The City of Calgary received a proposal (file number LOC2016-0064) from B&A Planning Group, representing Morguard Residential Properties Inc., to redesignate (rezone) a portion of the Wyldewood Estates apartment complex at 9700 Bonaventure Drive SE to allow for a mixed-use development.
Landuse districts determines, among other things, heights, density, and allowable uses. Put simply, land use determines an imaginary box in which a building can fit, along with the types of homes, offices, businesses, that can operate in that building.
If the land use redesignation is approved by Council the overall distribution of buildings, building design, mix and size of uses, and site layout details such as parking, landscaping, and site access will be determined later at the development permit stage.
City staff is seeking public input throughout the application process, and will incorporate feedback where possible. The plan for the site must adhere to policies, guidelines, and bylaws adopted and or approved by Council.
You have the opportunity to provide input online or at the open house.
The Acadia Community Association is teaming up with Sustainable Calgary and Acadia residents for discussion, walks, and tasty food, ending the day at the pub.
We’re checking out Acadia’s streets – are they safe, walkable, bikeable, vibrant?
Resident feedback will go towards designing a safer, more walkable Acadia. We hope to see you there!
Acadia Recreation Complex, 240 90 Ave SE.
RSVP: walkacadia.eventbrite.ca It’s Free!
This Saturday, November 14, 2015. 9am – 3pm.
Tomorrow (Tuesday Nov 10) the City of Calgary is hosting an information session at the ARC.
Should skateboard or sports ramps (bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates, etc.) be allowed on residential properties? Currently, sports ramps are allowed in parks and on residential property with an approved development permit.
Click here to view the event on our calendar.
Click here to read more info on the City’s website.
Join the Calgary Fire Department at the Fire Prevention Week Kick-off Fire and Safety Expo. Meet Calgary firefighters and learn about fire and safety in your home and community.
Community Safety Fair
Sunday Oct. 4, 2015
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Acadia Recreation Complex
240 90 Ave SE
Look for us in your neighbourhood, or contact us through 311 to find out more about how you can be fire safe!
For more info, visit the Fire Prevention Week website.
Fire Prevention Week 2015
Fire Prevention Week Selfie Contest! Ever wondered what you and your smoke alarm look like together? Got a little one at home that would love to be a firefighter for Halloween? Enter the Calgary Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week Smoke Alarm Selfie Contest and find out how fire-safe your home is, practice your two ways out with a crew from the Calgary Fire Department and receive a CFD swag bag.
How to enter:
Send us a photo of you and your working smoke alarm, either as a comment on our Facebook event, and you will be entered in a draw to win a visit from the Calgary Fire Department. The draw will take place on October 1, 2015, and the winner will be announced on our Facebook event on October 2, 2015 to confirm a date a time for your prize-winning visit! See here for contest details.
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Sat Aug. 8 – Emergency Services Appreciation Day
Next Saturday August 8 will be Emergency Services Appreciation Day & BBQ generously hosted by Co-op Calgary! This will be your opportunity to meet Police Officers, Fire Fighters & Paramedics. Say thanks to these first responders who put others safety ahead of their own! This is another volunteer-driven event by the Acadia Community Association held at the ARC!
Sun Aug 9 – Community Orchard
Our friends at the Acadia Community Garden & Art Society are getting an orchard! They are still in need of volunteers. To learn more about the community initiative and to find out how you can help, visit their event page below.
Sat Aug 15 – Acadia CA Parade of Garage Sales
The Acadia CA is organizing a Parade of Garage Sales in Acadia. On Saturday Aug 15 you can visit the ARC to pick up a map of all the participating neighbours, or find it online. If you’d like your garage sale to be listed among those participating, please register at the page below by Thursday Aug 6.
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Blair – Web Director
Emergency Services Appreciation Day