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In an age of dis­pos­able home fur­nish­ings and flimsy fun­gi­bles, Jeanne Beker’s homage [“A Cer­tain Vin­tage,” July/Au­gust] to the home­spun em­blems of our Cana­dian past makes for an up­lift­ing and prac­ti­cal read. It was an era in which al­most ev­ery­one was a craftsper­son, and Jeanne Beker gives it due re­spect.

The won­der­ful 6,000-square­foot multi-dealer mar­ket on Hwy. 7 east of Peter­bor­ough Beker men­tions de­serves a name, how­ever: Nos­tal­gic Jour­ney has been around for 19 years, and the owner, Gail, won’t give her age but prob­a­bly re­mem­bers when the Sec­ond World War ended. As the en­er­getic, youth­ful and knowl­edge­able owner, Gail has been known to treat her 25-plus ven­dors to a sit-down din­ner at the end of a par­tic­u­larly pros­per­ous year.

Like Jeanne, I revel in a great bar­gain and love the artis­tic dura­bil­ity of handwork. An un­abashed plug: Nos­tal­gic Jour­ney is my own best source for find­ing such trea­sures. —Peter Cur­rier, Peter­bor­ough, Ont.

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