Friday, October 7, 2011

Treasures in unexpected places

Yesterday was a gorgeous Indian Summer day so I decided to walk back to the office from my doctor's appointment.

I had no idea what mini (and maxi) delights were in store for me - like this miniature alteration and repair shop in a Dry Cleaner's window.

I love the detail of shop. the customer is waiting patiently, holding his briefcase and his jacket. Obviously it was as nice a day in his miniworld as it was in my full sized world.
 Can you see the mini shop in the window? It is just to the right of the door.
A view from the top. I wonder if he is picking up the shirts on the counter. They look like they are ready to go.
It was a really sunny day. You can see the reflection of my camera in this shot.

I had such fun looking at everything in the room box that I almost forgot to go back to work.

But eventually I continued on.
 I know this isn't a mini anything, but it tickled my fancy. "Some things aren't meant to last forever." One of life's valuable lessons.
 A little further along I spotted this brick man. Yes, I know he won't fit in a traditional dollhouse, but think how much fun to would be to have a dollhouse his size. Then we would be the tiny people. I suppose we couldn't call it a dollhouse though.
 Brickman is an ...

As I got closer to the office I passed one of my favourite stores. You wouldn't believe the great dollhouse books (both mini and my size) that I find here. The owner knows me now and saves things for me. I have purchased several out-of print reference and coffee table books from him - all on our favourite subject of miniatures and dollhouse design.
My office is in the design area of Toronto. That is, furniture design, not clothes. I took a picture of this store's logo because it reminded me of the Reac furniture boxes.
Then came the biggest surprise of all. As I was passing the store directly across the street from my office building (Klaus, at 300 King Street East, Toronto), I noticed a display case just inside the door.

It held a number of 1:6 scale miniature chairs and sofas.

I pass this store everyday and I have never noticed this display before.

I asked permission to take pictures for my blog and was granted it.
Apparently these are the collection of the store owner and are not for sale. I asked if they were Vitra designs and was told that some were.

 I have one of these chairs in blue. I found it at a garage sale for 25¢. It had the Vitra design label on the bottom. I was quite pleased.

I love these chairs. I apologise for the reflection. The chairs were in a glass case and the sun was directly on them.
So, I had a lovely walk and I found lovely miniatures in places I would have never thought to look. What fun!

I hope you enjoyed taking a stroll with me.

See you soon,



  1. Wow! Amazing! This was a Really FUN walk with you! Thanks for sharing!

  2. wow, what a great and rich posting - thank you very much for sharing.

  3. The mini shop is fantastic.
    Bye Faby

  4. Love it! What delightful scenes, CM

  5. Toronto is such a wonderful city. What a great collection of things to see! My mother's name was Inge and I love the Inges Idee. Made me think of her.

  6. Thank you for this lovely post. Your nice and sunny attitude is contagious. It made my day.

  7. That is one heck of day!!! What a great mini filled stroll. Thanks for taking us with you. :)