"Before you drop the cake, check out a crib that's jake!" -- Mark Taaffe Greetings, folks. Before you ask the inevitable question, "When's the next auction?", please take a minute or two to read the following. Mark and Trout (Michael to some of you) are pleased to announce the opening of an entirely new enterprise, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PARKING LOT. Those of you who dog-sledded it through the snow to attend our last two auctions will already know how to find the old parish hall at 524 Wellington St. W., south-east of King and Bathurst and just a stone's throw from Mark's old Fort York Auctions premises. After a couple of months of careful preparation, we are now headquartered there permanently. We have already made significant progress in assembling a diverse selection of antiques, collectibles, home furnishings and other curious items for sale or rental. We have recently purchased a larger truck and, having furnished it with new brakes and passed an emissions test, have been out scouring and scoring fine merchandise from a wide variety of sources. Please come check out our approximately 2000 square feet of showroom space during our regularly scheduled hours, Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., or by appointment. The new business number for all inquiries is 416-595-1115. We offer realistic, affordable prices not only to dealers but to collectors, decorators, renovators, and the merely curious alike. Yes, there will be future auctions, but you will not typically see our regular offerings on the auction floor. Here's a short list of some of the stuff that's up for grabs right now: Solid oak dining room table (lion's head motif) and six chairs Selection of flat-to-the-walls Hoosier, original paint Large 1910 barbershop work station -- excellent back bar for parties, etc. (rental only) 3 course oak stacker Pattern velvet Queen Anne wing chair Selection of Persian rugs, various styles and sizes 1798 Gazetteer, 2 vols., ref. to Toronto Unusual vaudeville photograph c. 1900 Original oil paintings and advertising signs Motorola 1940s television Beautiful spelter spill vase, hand-painted farmer and wife German porcelain piggies in slippers Pair Edwardian hand decorated amphorae Beautiful mock Imari baluster vase Cold war radiation detector Groovy 70s flickering Uncola light Quilts and all sorts of other stuff -- please come see us soon, it's always a work in progress, and new gear is arriving almost every day! Future plans call for regular gallery shows and art installations, as well as other cultural and quasi-cultural events. We are actively interested in artists, new or established, with work to exhibit. The hall is also available, on a restricted basis, for classes, meetings, and special events. Finally, we are planning a major auction for Monday, July 9, with preview Sunday afternoon, July 8. (Sorry, the hall will be closed Saturday the 7th for set up.) The sale will feature partial contents of an established Moore Park home (really nice stuff, folks!), plus a whole bunch of other great merchandise. More details to follow soon. We've still got some room for quality consignments, so call us if you've got the gear! Hope to see all of you soon, and thanks for reading this shameless promotional bulletin. (Should you, for any reason, wish to be removed from this mailing list, just let us know and we'll zotz you permanently.) Mark and Trout