This afternoon while Addie naps, I have been finishing up assembling another edition of my Pocket and Journey books. I am now sticking some little treasures throughout the pages of each of the books, for their new owners to find and hopefully be inspired by. For example, I am adding some vintage stamps to each book. I love my little box of vintage postage stamps and thought you might, too.
One of my very favourite things to do is to visit old stamp collecting shops. My very favourite is Chantou International on Fraser street in Vancouver - pretty much right smack dab in the middle of the Punjabi Market. The shop is stacked high and low with all sorts of tidbits, and I can always find some neat and inexpensive little treasures there not to be found anywhere else. Each visit always leaves me feeling happy and satisfied.
Unfortunately, most of these little shops seem to be dying off - a victim of the internet and of changing times, I suppose. Every time I go to visit Chantou International I hold my breath to see if it is still there.
If you'd like to find a similar little shop in your town, I've found the best way to find them is to look in the yellow pages under "stamp collecting". Quick, before they are all gone!