One of my new favourite places to visit in Abbotsford is Marketplace by MCC CE (which stands for Mennonite Central Committee Community Enterprises. We’ll just call it Marketplace.)
This is a new-ish venture for MCC, which tends to be known for its thrift shops. I’ve blogged about Marketplace before but just to refresh your memory – this is NOT a thrift shop. It sells new, consigned and vintage goods and supports local/Canadian artisans and makers. They also have a great café and bakery/deli. One of the really great things about Marketplace is that it employs people who live with developmental disabilities, like my friend Carly. You can read her story here.
So today, I went for lunch and intended to buy a Valentine’s Day chocolate bar, which would then qualify me to enter a contest to win some earrings. I came home with several birthday presents and the fantastic vintage dresser (pictured above), the happy “victim” of their great winter sales.
Bakelite products get their name from their inventor, Leo Baekeland, who invented the phenolic resin in 1907. It was first used as insulators against heat and electricity but as ways were discovered to colour it, it became a popular material for all kinds of things, especially jewelry – and drawer pulls. My dresser is missing pulls on the bottom drawer but I’m not too fussed about that – I’m sure I’ll find something suitable in a thrift shop or antique mall.
And here’s some bonus eye-candy: my beautiful Underwood manual typewriter that I bought years and years ago at a garage sale in Kelowna for $5. It’s still works and it’s just one of my favourite things ever.