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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…

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  • Born on February 13
  • Joined June 23, 2007

Favorite materials

paper, fabric

About

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 why I was so excited to discover Etsy. I can now continue to do what I love!
As most Etsians, I love to collect. Buttons, paper, fabric and vintage items are like riches to me. I can spend hours just looking at my vintage buttons! However, I am starting to outgrow my space and need to start purging. I hope to be able to list items weekly but due to the fact that I spend 4-5 hours a day commuting to my full-time job, it may be more sporadic than that. I will be listing a wide variety of vintage items: buttons, zippers, books, clothing, decorative items...you name it, I probably have it. I welcome any questions you may have and will be as honest as I can with my descriptions.
Shipping in Canada is more expensive than in the U.S. but I try to keep costs as low as possible. I'm not trying to make money on shipping...it's just what Canada Post charges. Combined shipping is the way to go and I'm flexible with reserving items for a week so you can check out other items I will be listing. Feel free to email me for a more accurate shipping cost.
Happy browsing and thanks for supporting the Etsy community!
And by the way, offers are always considered...

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