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The Best Books To Read This Fall

As September closes to an end, people are accepting the fact that summer is over and bracing themselves for the fall season to come.
As mentioned in our previous blog post, fall is a time for adventure – but also a time to relax.

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In this post, we have bundled together our favorite books for this fall season.

#1 Every Breath – Nicholas Sparks
We all remember The Notebook right? Well, get ready for more tears. Every Breath follows the lives of two people searching for answers about themselves and their loved ones — and ultimately, finding one another along the way.

#2 Becoming – Michelle Obama
A recognized name and face. Michelle Obama lived as the first lady for 8 years but proves that there is more than meets the eye. In this novel, she shares how she defied the odds to become a mother, daughter, friend, lawyer, and inspiration to women around the world.

#3 Crushing it! – Gary Vaynerchuk
It does not matter the profession you’re in, this novel is an inspiration for achieving success in all aspects of your life. The core of the novel is recognizing your personal brand and capitalizing on that.

#4 The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner
Nothing will fill you up the more than a numerous amount of enriching stories this fall. One of the most ambitious novelists of her generation, U.S. author Kushner fills her books to the brim with stories within stories, told by the characters the narrators meet or depict.

#5 Pillow Thoughts – Courtney Peppernell
Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.

As you can imagine, trying to narrow down to the top 5 books for the fall season was not an easy task. However, we promise that the chosen selection above is worth your time.

How to Prepare for Thanksgiving Weekend

During this time of year, life can become very busy. Students are back to school, families are back to packing lunches and as the leaves fall you can’t help but think winter is on the way. However, to avoid the fear of winter we suggest embracing the fall season – and the winter too but we’ll talk about that later. In this post, we have come up with the top 3 things on how to prepare for the Thanksgiving weekend.

#1 Fill your home with the smells of fall
That’s right! One of the best ways to do this is to back delicious fall inspired cookies for the kids (or yourself)!

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#2 Fallify your Wardrobe
Did someone say plaid? Fall is the perfect season to break out your favorite Canadian plaid button up. Don’t forget you Timberland boots.

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#3 Get your crockpot and make the house smell like fall
There are many recipes to choose from when deciding what to add to the crockpot. Whatever you choose, let it cook all day so you can come home to a delicious meal

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Okay so yes, this post suggested mostly fall inspired food. But we can’t argue with that – especially on those cozy fall nights.

Top 3 Stops You Need to Take For Your Fall Road Trip

As the college students are bundling up for the fall semester and the parents are rushing for their kids to be ready for the school year, the leaves are falling behind them. When summer comes to an end – sadness is in the air. However, if you sit back and really enjoy the fall season you’d be surprised at how much beauty there is.

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Yes! Summer is full of freedom and a lot of fun road trip with your friends, but getting in a car that can burn your skin makes it harder to enjoy the summer especially when you have an AC waiting for you inside. In contrast, the winter is filled with freezing temperatures that make it even harder to get out of bed. For fall the temperature is what we like to call perfect! Its typically in a good range that is comfortable to be outside without the burning of the skin.

Thinking of taking the scenic route? Good choice – especially in fall. The trees change colors and you begin to see the different patterns of yellow orange, and brown. You get to experience the transformation of nature itself.

Now that we convinced you to take a fall road trip here are the top three places you should check out:

Dundas Peak

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– Blue Mountain

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Algonquin Park

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Oh! Don’t forget to check out the Hanover Market when you’re on route.

Finding Real Value in Antique Markets

Today you hear a lot of millenniums talk about vintage vibes and antique markets but what they fail to address is finding the real value in the experience of it all.

Most times people tend to go to these markets to browse around and look at items. But, if you pay attention, each item has a story to tell. If you’re hunting for antiques or vintage items, look for signs of authentic age. There are many reproductions of antiques that look old because they are made to look old. If you’re not confident you can always ask someone over at Hanover Flea Market. We will help you examine each of the items to determine its rich history. After all, the ones that collect are the most enthusiastic teachers.

Another effective way of finding the value is cultivating patience. There is usually a long learning curve to becoming a knowledgeable collector. However, this long road is fun and exciting – not to mention a great investment. Following this, we find that the happiest customers are those who follow their heart. Find items that you are guided towards. Ones that amuse and delight you. One you find aesthetically pleasing and that you’re excited to tell a story about. An object is just an object until it has meaning.

Some of the most valuable types of antiques to look out for are:

  • Coin Bank
  • First Edition Books
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Outdated Electronics
  • Lamps
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Silverware
  • VHS Tapes
  • Advertisements
  • Soda Crates
  • Dollhouse
  • Record Player
  • Luggage Set
  • Typewriter

How to Relate to Millennials Through Drive In’s, Cassette Tapes and Antique Markets

When you hear the word millennial, what goes through your mind? Well many things of course! This generation is known to be the most unpredictable. They tend to live in urban apartments with a rustic exposed brick wall and pipe exposed concrete ceilings.

This generation is known for shying away on the big purchases like cars and houses different from the baby boomer generation. Instead, they spend on the image of their lifestyle in terms of concerts, travel, vintage cameras, cassette tapes etc.

Born in 1980-2000, this generation it what we call “90’s obsessed” where we watch the classic movies and play the Beatles cassette tape in our fathers’ old car. This generation is highly nostalgic so when it comes to antiques, they will to stay away from bigger items and find ones that are more reflecting their childhood memories.

Interesting enough, the love for antiques and the vintage old school vibes is bringing baby boomers and millennials together. Millennials are attracted to antiques for sentimental reasons and value durable materials as items used to be made locally instead of being mass produced in China.

Drive-in movies are a thing from the past that is highly mentioned in many blockbuster movies from the 90’s. Because of the connection to their childhood, millennials hunt for the drive in vibes. and as a result, these businesses are thriving from this love of what we call the vintage era.