I’ve been had.
You might have seen this minty green tray around the townhouse. Normally my best finds comes from thrifting or yard saling, but I actually bought this tray at my favorite, upscale mid-century shop, right here in Ottawa, over a year ago. I loved the colour and the shape. I thought it had an unusual glaze for a vintage piece (kind of matte), but that made me love it more. I paid $20 or $25 bucks for it. I know, I know. Steep. But so minty! I love mint.
It hangs around the kitchen mostly, corralling tomatoes and kiwis.
Imagine my excitement when I found the exact same tray at Value Village!! Imagine my disappointment when I flipped it over and saw this:
That’s right! It’s a flippin’ Martha Stewart tray, made in CHINA. I’m sure the antique dealer didn’t know and I doubt this was a malicious “get the customer” scam (which is why I’m not naming the shop). I still like the tray, but I bet dollars to donuts I paid more for my used one than it originally sold for.
This is why I will sometimes spend hours researching items that go into our shop. I’m so nervous about accidentally selling something newer, because so many newer items have such a vintage aesthetic. Have you ever bought a faux-vintage something, thinking it’s the real deal?
P.S. We ran out of internet – for our billing period – with Rogers yesterday (I’ve been playing too many Mother Mother songs on YouTube), so I am going to take a long weekend from blogging. See you all Monday!
P.P.S. Yes, I bought the second tray at Value Village. It may not be vintage, but the Value Village find was a sweet price ($2.00) and I love having a pair.