[images by Micah Lenahan]
We're super keen to have Micah Lenahan, another member of the Russet and Empire team, contributing to the Covet Garden blog. You should also know that the shop is holding a Russet & Empire ♥ Sweden Pop Up tonight, Thursday, March 15 from 6 until 9. You should totally go!
I recently flew to Sweden to buy vintage Scandinavian pieces for my shop, Russet and Empire. Since I was only there for a few days I didn't have time to take in all of the beautiful sights, I did however spend four straight days in thrift store basements and grimy antique markets scouting quintessentially Swedish pieces to bring back to Canada, and drank lots and lots of coffee with cinnamon buns.
One of the nicest things that I've come to realize while vintage shopping in other countries is if you tell dealers that you are from abroad they are willing to part with all of their best kept picking secrets (and even bring up directions on your iphone for you!). Everyone in Sweden speaks English fluently with a beautiful accent and seems to have a kinship with Canadians, because of our similar northern climates. There were lots of hockey references (which I didn't get) and lots of people are all too proud to announce they have a friend or family member who has moved to Toronto. Sadly there was a lot of great stuff that had to be left behind because of weight or size, so instead I focused on small pieces that could be easily shipped.
Come and see all of our great finds at Russet and Empire X Sweden starting March 15.