Summer Holiday Hunting

I finally have two weeks of summer holiday!  I vow to never wait so long during the summer to take time off again.  I was burnt out from work, and ready for some R&R, so I went to my parents’ cottage at the Shuswap for a couple of nights to relax, read, and enjoy the beach.  But after a day of that, I got bored so I decided to drive to Vernon, and visit some antique stores and thrift shops in between and see if I could find anything to add to my collection.  This is something that I do every year, and it usually turns out fruitless, but I don’t want to give up!  After all, luck was on my side because I already found a plain piece of restaurant ware at the Value Village in Chilliwack, where I stopped on my way to Anglemont, BC.

$4.99 is way more that I would like to pay for a plain piece of restaurantware, especially one that was coated in nicotine, but I was riding high from finding some jeans to resell on Ebay. But this was from the day before. The first find of my treasure hunt was a pink, floral restaurant platter that I found at a church thrift store in Salmon Arm for $0.25. It was practically free!

The other thrift stores in Salmon Arm yielded nothing, so I went non-stop down to Vernon to the Value Village there. I really lucked out because I found four more bowls. They’re plain but a great usable size.

At this point, I was getting pretty tired, and I took the extra scenic route back to the cabin, over the Chase-Falkland road. It has a portion of which that is still packed dirt and gravel, but the condition of the road was fine. I ended up going to bed early, and set my alarm for 5:30 AM to get an early start to head back home the next day.

Well I ended up waking at 4:00 AM, and finally gave up getting back to sleep and got up at 4:30, and was on the road shortly after five. By the time I got to Kamloops I was super tired, so I stopped at Tim Horton’s for breakfast and a coffee to keep me alert. The coffee didn’t help when I drove past Merritt without looking at my gas gauge and realized that an eighth of a tank wouldn’t get me to Hope, about 90 km distant, so I turned around at the Coldstream exit and went back to Merritt to fill my tank. By the time I got back to Chilliwack, it was well past ten, and that meant that thrift stores were open again! I visited about six of them, plus the Value Village once again, and I the only thing I found was an ironstone platter.

I ended up getting back to my apartment around 12:30, and right away jumped back in to the car with two parcels that I needed to mail at the US Post Office in Sumas. After the post office, I visited a friend, ran some errands in town and just before I headed home, I stopped at the Value Village about 300 meters away from home, and found the find of the trip!


This platter is from the Terminal City Club, which still operates in downtown Vancouver!