Marg Strauss - Antique Collector
I was born and raised in: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
How I make a buck: I am a high school arts teacher.
My favorite activities include: antique shopping; collecting crafts; cooking.
3 things I love about the Stratford Area:
There are countless antique shops in the immediate area, particularly in the hamlet of Shakespeare on the drive into Stratford; great places to shop; and wonderful restaurants.
3 Favorite local hidden treasures you shouldn't miss:
Costume Warehouse tours Open during the theatre season, thousands of costumes and hundreds of props are catalogued and housed at one of the largest costume warehouse in the world. These 45 minute tours uncover the detail and care that goes into designing and creating the costumes seen in amazing stage productions. They even offer you a chance to try on costumes at the end of the tour. Don't forget your camera!
Stratford Antique Warehouse Housing a large and different range of local dealers offering Canadian pressed glass, majolica, art glass, depression and cornflower glass, nostalgia, furniture, art deco, jewelry, painted Canadian furniture, art wood, period dishware, cameras and clocks from early Ontario homes. A wonderful place to spend a few hours wandering the eclectic stalls discovering all sorts one-of-a-kind curios. It's well worth the time to see the enormous display of collections.
Discover Historic Stratford and Perth County Check out our short video to give you an idea of what we mean. Our town is perfect for walking and gazing. We offer garden walking tours [audio]. or consider one of four tours of our historic district filled with some of the finest authentically conserved 19th architectural Canadiana in the country.
My perfect day spent in the Stratford Area:
My perfect day would begin as I pass through the town of Shakespeare to visit the many antique shops that line the main street leading to Stratford. Jonny's Antiques has an eye-popping collection of furniture, glass and porcelain, ranging from depression glass tumblers to a Canadian pine painted corner cupboard. It's Grey Room (by appointment only) contains one of the largest collections of early glass and porcelain in Canada. Glen Manor Galleries specializes in antique English and North American silver, glass, and paintings; china; brass light fixtures; and 18th and 19th century furniture. Land & Ross houses over 5,000 square feet of refinished antique and custom-designed farm furniture, and accessories. They also sell quite convincing reproductions.
Before heading back to Stratford I would stop in at The Best Little Pork Shoppe for fresh scones and, of course, to choose from a vast selection of sausages, local pork and lamb. Just past the intersection en route to Stratford is Shakespeare Pies where you can find homemade and homegrown products from freshly baked pies, to meats, and jams.
Once in Stratford I would make my way to Watson's Chelsea Bazaar a great place to hunt for the quaint, quirky and slightly eccentric - from china to curios and kitchenware. Before I get ready for lunch, it's time for a full body massage and some tender loving care courtesy of Relish Day Spa. Now to The Revival House for lunch. This former church is now an elegant dining room with a superb menu highlighting local ingredients and a sophisticated cuisine developing, in part, due to the influence of the renowned Stratford Chefs School.
I would then walk along Ontario Street and browse unique shops like Bradshaws who has a wide selection of gifts and product lines for home décor or body care. Their kitchen department is one of the best in all of Canada. Stop into Treasures for local hand-made gifts, including quilts, pottery, folk art and photography. Distinctly Tea Inc. is just a little stroll to a tea lover's paradise. Offering a panoply of quality loose teas from around the world, plus a charming selection of porcelain tea accessories. Try an exotic cup to go! Following a light dinner at the Annex Room or a little Italian at Fellini's, I would head to the Stratford Festival for a world class theatre production before heading home satisfied!