A mother-daughter team of vintage collectors renovating a camper in mid-century style

Back at the Leslieville Flea!

Photo from Ontario Heritage Trust.

Photo from Ontario Heritage Trust.

This Sunday we’ll be doing an outdoor Leslieville Flea for the first time. They always find the loveliest venues and this time it’s at the beautiful Ashbridge Estate (1444 Queen East). Come stroll the grounds and check out all of the fantastic vendors! (Tip: Sudsatorium’s hair products are amazing.) The Flea runs from 10am-5pm – see you there!

July 17, 2014 Events

Bebe’s Cupboard at the Leslieville Flea – March 16th

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With Spring around the corner, Bebe’s Cupboard is coming out of hibernation! We’ll be at the Leslieville Flea on March 16th from 10am-5pm. This edition is taking place in the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane) in Toronto’s gorgeous Distillery District. I don’t think you could find a more perfect place for a flea market.

We’ll have all kinds of awesome vintage housewares, priced to move! Check out some of the other amazing vendors who will be there.

March 9, 2014 Events

A renovation update

We’ve been working away on the BBRV all summer. Now that it’s almost time to put the tarp on for the winter, we thought it would be a good time for an update.

We discovered a small leak that needed patching and a section of ceiling panel that needed to be replaced as a result. A roof patching kit and a thin sheet of mahogany from the local lumber store will take care of that.

Painting in progress - old purple beige where the backsplash will go. White with black accents everywhere else!

Painting in progress – old purple beige where the backsplash will go. White with black accents everywhere else!

In the meantime, we’ve been painting, painting, painting. I’ve really enjoyed sunny weekend mornings spent painting, with the breeze coming through the windows and Harold Budd/Brian Eno on the iPod. Four coats of white paint on the walls and two coats of black on the accent spots. The contrast is quite nice and the unfussy colours will let the items we’re selling pop rather than getting lost in the background. So now painting is essentially done – just a few little touch ups to do in the spring.

We also took our fabric out to a man who usually makes boat cushions – I love to sew, but my sewing machine can’t handle upholstery vinyl. They came out really well. We were worried that the cushion fabric wouldn’t match the curtain fabric, which was ordered online, but they’re a perfect fit! We set up a little test corner as a sneak peek of what things will look like when everything is finished and we’re pretty pleased with the result. It’s come a long way – here’s where we started from.

A taste of what the finished product will look like.

A taste of what the finished product will look like.

October 25, 2013 BBRV, Renos

The BBRV: Before

We made a quick little video to show you what our camper/future mobile shop looked like before we started renovating. This past week, we spent a bunch of time painting and it’s looking brighter already. The curtains are being sewn, flooring is cut, cushions are at the seamster and the countertop laminate is on order – can’t wait ’til it all comes together. Stay tuned!

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Scenes from the Gladstone Flea

We had a great time at the Gladstone Flea and lots of our items found new homes. All of the vendors had amazing handmade or vintage items – it was hard not to spend all of our profits!

 

June 10, 2013 Events

Gladstone Flea

We’ll be at the Gladstone Flea on June 8th – hope to see you there!


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May 21, 2013 Events

Bebe’s Cupboard at 101 Markets

We won’t have the camper with us, but we’ll be selling some great items at tomorrow’s 101 Markets at 3030 Dundas West in Toronto. Come say hi!

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April 20, 2013 Events

Sneak Peek: Fabrics and Flooring

With the arrival of our Michael Miller Atomic in Turquoise fabric, we now have most of the fabrics we’ll need for the camper’s makeover. We also already have the checkered flooring we’ll be using, which was left over from a kitchen reno. Stay tuned for tutorials, coming when winter finally decides to leave Ontario!

The checkered flooring we'll be using, as well as the seafoam upholstery vinyl that will be one of two used to create new cushion covers.

The checkered flooring we’ll be using, as well as the seafoam upholstery vinyl that will be one of two used to create new cushion covers. It was a steal at $5/m. Shout out to the Fabricland employee who confirmed it was on sale, which we hadn’t noticed.

 

Top: the outside of the camper.  Bottom: our second upholstery vinyl to be used for cushion covers. We took the last 3m the store had left, on sale for $7/yard!

Top: the outside of the camper.
Bottom: our second upholstery vinyl to be used for cushion covers. We took the last 3m the store had left, on sale for $7/m!

Michael Miller's Atomic in Turquoise - this will be our curtain fabric. It's so fun!

Michael Miller’s Atomic in Turquoise – this will be our curtain fabric. It’s so fun!

 

 

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Coming soon!

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Bebe’s Cupboard is a mother-daughter team who collect vintage housewares (and other assorted things). This summer, we’ll be renovating a 1960s camper back to its original mid-century glory. Eventually it will become a mobile shop, heading to a town near you!

 

March 24, 2013 BBRV, Renos