Once upon a time (Sunday to be exact) in a condo unit in heart of downtown Toronto.
AJ while staring at the table- “We should do that again…”
SD – “Yes, let’s do it. But where …..”
AJ – “How about we look outside the city?”
And kids, that is how an impromptu day trip to Oshawa was born. While retelling our house guests the story behind our table centrepiece – a 1940s Miner’s Lamp purchased from a flea market in the south of France, we realized we wanted to recreate the experience. Craving bringing home collectibles and antiques without breaking the bank, we were faced with the challenge of where to go? A Torontonian knows to work in the city, live in the city but not go antique shopping in the city (cause $$$$).
With a bounty of small towns a few hours’ drive from Toronto, we did our research and set our sails for the town of Oshawa in hopes for a good find and a day trip. An hour and a half drive from downtown Toronto, Oshawa’s quite streets are laden with the Canadian small town charm. Having thoroughly enjoyed this escape from the city, here is our list of 3 things to do when in Oshawa:
1. Drink local lattes
After braving the winter wind, and having our ears almost fall off due to the cold (p.s- bloggers don’t need a hat), we stumbled upon this local gem. The perfect little local café for a mid-day caffeine fix – Isabella’s chocolate café. The barista was extremely nice, and whipped up some nice hot brews to calm our freezing nerves and spoiled us with their namesake chocolate treats.
2. Buy collectables
Next stop, the reason for our trip: Courtice Flea Market. Divided into five large barn-like structures this flea market has it all. From fine china to the chest of drawers of your dreams to a section purely devoted to junk with VHS tapes and dirt. If you are looking to add quirky home décor pieces to your urban living, ditch the look-alikes at H&M Home or Zara Home and get something authentic that has a story to tell. Love the rustic restoration hardware look, well then grab some pieces for your DIY. We found many items that tugged at our heart string and eventually gave away and brought home some lovely fine china tea cups to feed our high tea addiction.
But the moment that took our breath away was the moment we saw a painting with the plaque indicating the artist’s name as A. N. Wyeth. Wyeth… Wyeth…. SD thought, Andrew Wyeth? That very moment our collective hearts stopped. Could this be happening, have we stumbled upon a forgotten original Andrew Wyeth painting? We asked to see the painting up close. With stumbling hands, mind swirling with life changing thoughts, we investigated its back.
To our disappointment mingled with some strange relief, we found it to be a reproduction and that the original is safely hosted at The Indianapolis Museum of Art. Phew what an afternoon!
3. Satisfy the munchies & Do some good
All this excitement can leave one famished. So we made our way back to the city centre, and thanks to our sheer luck (Or sheer insistence on finding something local) we stepped into Justice Burger. Portraits of famous con-artists adorn the walls at Justice Burger and the chefs know how to whip up one mean meal. This right here is one of the best burgers we have ever had and we don’t make this claim lightly.
And before you say goodbye, pay it forward by buying a burger for someone in need that goes on this wall.
And with satisfied tummies and hearts, we left Oshawa with fine memories of a cold winter Sunday well spent.
AJ & SD