With A Past

There is a simple beauty in each and every item listed on this site, embellished by its deep history. All products offered on With A Past were created by artisans and master craftsmen & women, in a time before the mass production practices of today. Quality and workmanship are two reasons why these items have outlasted their generation. In many cases they have been lovingly collected and cared for by families through a generation when home furnishings and décor were expected to last a lifetime. Each item you'll see in these pages has exceeded that promise of lasting a lifetime.

As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, many of us are starting to recognize the environmental impact of the dozens of small decisions we make each and every day.  The benefits of reducing, re-purposing, reusing, repairing and recycling are clear and the decision to buy previously owned home furnishings and decor is one of those small decisions. We all have the opportunity to reduce our impact on the environment with each and every purchase that we make. Quite simply, purchasing a beautiful, vintage, hand cut crystal bowl from the 1930's or 1940's, will have a much smaller environmental impact than buying a replica, which has been mass produced off-shore in a factory with questionable materials and  labour practices, over-packaged, shipped and then trucked to your local big box store.

Many of the items listed on this site can be considered collectible and may be found around the web or in antique/vintage stores, at higher prices.  Our lower but still competitive prices are certainly not a reflection lower quality. Pricing reflects our primary goals of giving some new life to unique and beautiful items, while reducing the environmental impact of purchasing decisions.

All purchases from With A Past are delivered direct to you, using 100% recycled and recyclable packaging. Larger furnishings or heavy items can be delivered to your location in and around Hamilton, Ontario for a small fee. Please contact us via e-mail at withapast@gmail.com for details.