Located at 327 Queen St East (just W of Parliament) in Toronto, ETHEL – 20th Century Living will be closing its doors at the end of this month so I encourage fans of mid-century modern, kitsch and vintage chachkas & nic-naks to hurry on down to score some great deals like these lovely kitchenwares and decorative ceramics (below) And I just love this pair of decorative “bongo baby” wall plaques (below)….very 50’s tiki-style. I think I must go back and buy these as a Christmas pressie to myself.Any hockey fans out there? Betcha you’ll love this authentic 1957 tabletop hockey game. All the pieces are in tact and it works perfectly.Do you have a rock-n-roller or pop music fan in the family? This is such a “Patty Duke” 45rpm record carrier. Yeah yeah yeah!There are lots of vintage Christmas decorations, too, like these cute tree baubles.If you’re looking for some unique home furnishings, you gotta check out the vast selection of teak dining room & living room pieces as well as great lamps…including this pole lamp that any would-be burlesque dancer would appreciate! Any avid vintage collector knows that the Witco company created some of the best tiki and “atomic” wall art – their unique pieces can be found on eBay, Etsy and other sales websites from $500 to over several thousands. Ethel has this spectacular Viking wooden carving that’s about 5ft x 2ft going for just $350. If you love the “Vikings” TV show, you MUST have this hanging over your couch! There are pictures and kitsch art for everyone – remember the “big eyes” fad? Here are just 3 from which to choose….and who doesn’t love a cute little ballerina?Owner Shauntelle Leblanc is happy to show you around her store…she has lots more stuff, as the sign says.After she closes Ethel on Dec. 31st, Shauntelle will be selling online via the website www.ethel20thcenturyliving.com until a new bricks-n-mortar location is found.
I did pick up a special little somethin’ for myself – this brand new tea towel from England showing the East Anglia region of the county of Essex from where my family hails. See, there’s the historic Roman town of Colchester as well as the seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea …. both fun places where I once lived. Happy Christmas and good luck, Shauntelle – we’ll see you soon!