Sharp Objects - # Purveyors of the Past #

Michael Sharp, Aurora ON Canada

# Vintage Paper Ephemera # Retro # Antique # Nostalgia # Old Paper #

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2001

Items Of Interest: Ephemera; Vintage Paper Collectables; Old Advertising; Antique Prints; etc.


About Sharp Objects - # Purveyors of the Past #

Our Service Pledge
We endeavour to provide the level of service that we would appreciate as customers.
We believe that a mutually satisfying transaction starts with timely & courteous communication.
Once remittance is received the purchased items are promptly despatched.
To be deemed a successful transaction it must be determined so by both parties - the satisfied customer & the shopowner.
About Us
We are long-time collectors who decided a number of years ago to sell as well as buy. Part of the fun of collecting is in the hunt. We come across many items during those hunts that we know would be prized by others. This is one way of sharing those "treasures".

We had a "bricks & mortar", retail location for many years in the Newmarket Antique Mall on the town's historic Main Street. We also sold out of the Queensville Antique Mall for a period. Unfortunately, the Newmarket Antique Mall has subsequently closed, but if you're travelling to York Region (just north of Toronto, Ontario) QAM is worth a visit.

The items of interest displayed in our online shop are merely a fraction of our available inventory. Frequent visitors may find something to add to their collections as we add stock to these "virtual shelves".


"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." (c.1882)
William Morris (1834-96)
English writer, artist, & designer
(The above is the Golden Rule of the "Father" of the Arts & Crafts Movement)

"You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements." (c.1917)
Norman Douglas (1868-1952)
British novelist, essayist and diplomat

"Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you're doing is okay."
Don Draper, Mad Men television character

“Society turns into a culture when it shows an interest in preserving its past. In the personality of an individual collector, such an impulse to gather, preserve, understand and pass along can be highly developed.”
Moses Znaimer, Canadian media figure



"I received the cards and they looked great! Look forward to buying others in the future."
A customer from Arizona

"Hi~~ Just wanted to let you know I did recv'd the post cards. Is there a place to leave you feedback? They were wrapped wonderfully. Thanks so much."
A shopper from Ohio

"Thank you very much, I am very pleased with it. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I will keep you in mind for future purchases."
A Vintage Advertising collector from Pennsylvania

"Great! Wonderful trip down memory lane with ancient post card. Fast Service,too!"
A nostalgia-loving Auction Winner from California.

"Arrived fine, nicely packed, thank you very much."
An antique engraving buyer from the Washington D.C. area.

"I just wanted to let you know I received my advertisement and I love it. Thank you for getting it out so fast"
A Pears' Soap advertisement collector from Maryland

"Yes, I did receive my two ads, and was thrilled......I appreciate your great service."
A Repeat Customer from California

"Hi Michael, got the sheet music just fine yesterday. Thank you for your
prompt service - indeed I am very happy with my purchase!"
A Colorado buyer whose great-uncle was the bandleader pictured on a cover of 1920s sheet music!

"We received the ad and it is awesome!! Thanks for offering it on Ruby Lane!......That was our first venture into Ruby Lane and it was a
great one thanks to you."
Husband-and-Wife Automobilia collectors/dealers from Washington State

"...arrived in good order and...very pleased. Thank you for your time and efforts, traders such as yourself are a credit to international trade via the internet."
Kind compliments from a Kiwi couple complementing their Cadbury Chocolate collection. Thank You, New Zealanders!

"The Cartier Ad made it in yesterday! It is Magnificent!!!
Thank you for your very professional and quality packaging!"
From Fellow Ruby Lane Shopowner, Mona Hair, of "Mona's Jewelry Armoire" & "Mona Designs".

"Ad arrived today in good order, item was packed great.
Also thanks for the extra effort"
A vintage distillery ad collector from Minnesota

"You could not have packed it any better; in fact, its the best packing job that I've seen in a long time...!! You even outdid me, and I thought I was the best packer there was! And it is so much nicer in person than seeing it in the pictures - absolutely love it! So I wish I could leave you positive feedback! Thank you again for helping me add a nice addition to my daughter's cedar chest!"
A pleased baby blue, heart-shaped planter purchaser from Michigan

"My package arrived today. My goodness, I can't believe in what pristine shape the advertisement is. Many thanks for all your efficiency and count me as a very satisfied customer."
A vintage Coke ad buyer from Washington State

"Your postcard arrived to-day safe and sound.The packaging was simply perfection! Sorry I had no more in it, I felt guilty when I saw how much trouble you went to."
A pleasant & pleased St Patrick's Day postcard collector from County Dublin, Ireland

"Hi Michael, just wanted to let you know my latest and greatest Santa PC...was in my mailbox today, perfectly wrapped and jolly as expected. Thanks so much for your care with s/h - it means a lot to us collectors!"
A very satisfied Santa Claus collector from Philadelphia

"Michael, I just received the ad. and it is FABULOUS thanks so much! The packaging was terrific, not a bend one."
An enthusiastic Oklahoman collector of all things "New Orleans"

"Dear Michael,The vintage ads we purchased arrived on Thursday in great condition. We had them framed and on the wall very quickly. The ads made a great addition to our retro bathroom. Thank you for the great service."
A creative customer from Rhode Island with a great home decorating tip!

"Thank you for the nice email. I appreciate the level of professionalism and effort you put into your online sales. If only everyone did! I will let you know when I receive the book plate." ... "Hi - received the print today and I love it! Thanks again"
A very pleased print purchaser from Colorado

"Hi Michael, thank you for lovely postcard received today.This postcard in particular will be used for a Thanksgiving window, enlarged of course. It will make a fine window display. Thank you for your fast shipping."
A clever customer in Connecticut with a crafty concept for a holiday display!