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

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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