Barb Martin's Profile
Welcome to Behind The Picket Fence!
Behind the Picket Fence started off in 1993 in Toronto when my boyfriend and I decided we wanted to open a shop and sell handmade and vintage items. We found a small vacant lot between 2 buildings (full of weeds and garbage), put a roof on, made a floor out of bricks and wood we collected from the garbage , added a propane heater and voila!, a store was born. We invited local craftspeople to bring their items in to sell and due to our low overhead, we were able to give most of the selling cost to the artist. Sounds a bit like Etsy, doesn't it? It was a great environment and people would come by with their coffees and sit and chat with each other on benches that my boyfriend made out of reclaimed wood. How wonderful to have created a spot where people felt that they could relax with no pressure to buy. Unfortunately, the lot was sold and turned into a parking space. That's…
- Born on February 13
- Joined June 23, 2007