It’s Vintage Vicki Time!





From time to time we post our “found” second hand treasures on Facebook so others can see you just don’t need to spend a lot of money to look fabulous. I like to find the beauty in something that was tossed and no longer loved. I furnished my loft for practically free after finding everything I needed in salvage shops and consider myself a part-time freegan. One woman’s donation is my fashion find and joy– and more importantly – money for charities like Lanark County Interval House. By shopping at As Good As New and the other charity run shops we have in Carleton Place you make a difference!

So why should I write about a woman who lives out of town? Well in January, Vicki Racey decided she would bring her wares to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum, and sell stuff to raise money.

She could have picked Almonte, she could have gone to Ottawa, but no, she believed in our Museum and also has been a constant volunteer. This was the very first time that a vintage clothing sale was held inside a small town museum. Most of the time we have to head to Ottawa to search for vintage treasures.

Vicki Racey, who is also a vintage clothing collector, is going to open a summer pop-up store in nearby Almonte. When I was there there, construction was still going on, but Vicki was a lot calmer than I would be. She had racks and racks of clothes ready to be sold in a few weeks.

Of course those few weeks might turn into a teeny bit longer. But, if you are heading through the Main Street arch on your way to Barley Mow, check out the green door (63 Mill Street) on your right, and give her a Carleton Place Hi!

The vintage kitchen wear and the canisters she has reminded me of my Grandmother. I thought I would include a recipe for Molasses Cookies. Enjoy!

Vicki Racey

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Original recipe — MOLASSES COOKIES
3/4 cup margarine, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup white sugar

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted margarine, 1 cup sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in the molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; blend into the molasses mixture. Cover, and chill dough for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until tops are cracked. Cool on wire racks.

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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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