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Treasure Hunt – using Etsy treasuries

I’ve been using Etsy for around a year and a half, and have been enjoying playing around with some of its features.  There’s a great one called Treasuries, where users can collect images of favourite items and show off these collections to the Etsy community.  Treasuries can be created by anyone – shoppers, sellers, and general Etsy fans alike.  Anyone with an Etsy account can create them.

Treasuries will usually have a theme.  Some will revolve around items of a certain colour.  Others will be seasonal, showing Christmas- or Valentine’s-themed items.  Still others involve themes like movies, or nature, or a time period.  The Etsy user collects up to 16 different items to fit the theme.  Add a great title, a description, and some tags, and you’re officially the curator of a treasury!

Curating (Etsy’s word for making a treasury) is a lot of fun, and a great excuse to window-shop and see what’s available on the site.  I’ve found plenty of great vintage and handmade items while hunting for things to include in my lists, and I’ve even ended up making a few purchases, too.  I particularly enjoy the challenge of coming up with unique and unusual themes.

To see some examples, peruse the list of treasuries that I’m curating.  Give it a try, it’s a lot of fun!

Field trip – Bancroft Gemboree

Bancroft, Ontario is a small Canadian town located in the heart of central Ontario, about 240 km (around a 3 hour drive) west of Ottawa. It is picturesque, and not far from Algonquin Provincial Park. It’s considered the mineral mapital of Canada.

Bancroft sits on the Canadian Shield, a geographic area including central and eastern Canada. It consists of some of the planet’s oldest rock, estimated at between 1.1 and 1.8 billion years old! Bancroft is rich in mineral deposits, and over 1600 different minerals have been identified in the area.

A few weeks ago, I went with a couple friends to enjoy Canada’s largest gem and mineral show, the Bancroft Gemboree. We arrived on Saturday, and promptly headed to the community centre. There were a lot of great vendors selling cut gemstones, mineral samples from around the world, geodes and sculptures. There were gold panning demonstrations as well, but for our first day, there was a fair bit of shopping and drooling over all the glittery gems.

The following day, we joined up with several other people and visited the Beryl Pit. We got to dig around among piles of freshly-overturned rock, and between us we found some great samples of clear quartz, smoky quartz, peristerite, tourmaline, and even a couple small beryls (deep green aquamarines). It was sunny and hot but we filled our buckets until we could barely carry them.

Discover more about Bancroft!

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