'Part of history': N.S. woman puts iconic Zellers restaurant booth up for sale

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'Part of history': N.S. woman puts iconic Zellers restaurant booth up for sale

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Canadian cultural history?

Well, this could be your chance.

Raquel Bristol of Mahone Bay, N.S., is considering parting with a booth from the famous family restaurant that was once inside the now-shuttered Zellers in Bayer's Lake — if she can find the perfect owner.

"It's just a fun piece to talk about, like when people come over to visit, it's just an entertainment piece," Bristol told CBC Radio's Information Morning Halifax.

Bristol and her husband bought the booth about 10 years ago, when many of the stores across Canada were shutting down — the much-loved restaurant along with it.

She said they purchased the booth because "it's a part of history."

That history includes early morning breakfast at the restaurant with her grandparents as a child — a familiar memory for many Canadians.

She also remembers Zeddy, the store's giant teddy bear mascot, and the birthday parties.

"We grew up going to Zellers ourselves and we just thought it was an awesome piece," she said.

WATCH | See the iconic booth at a Zellers Family Restaurant in Ottawa in 2012:

Ever since then, the teal blue and cream-coloured booth has been sitting in Bristol's dining room under the bay window.

Bristol said the decades-old booth is in good condition and is still used daily.

But now, the iconic piece of furniture could be yours.

Bristol posted the booth on Facebook Marketplace for $600, just to see if there would be any interest.

"It's an old piece and we didn't know if anybody else would be interested in it like ourselves, and [there] seems to be tons of interest right now," she said.

She said she's already gotten about a dozen messages from potential buyers, some of which have offered more than the asking price.

Raquel Bristol/Facebook
Raquel Bristol/Facebook

One buyer said they were redoing their kitchen and wanted to include the piece of Zellers' memorabilia.

Although there's interest, Bristol said she's not sure if she'll be parting ways with the booth just yet.

"We may hold onto it for a little bit longer, but we'll see what people say about it," she said.

She said if she does decide to sell the booth, it will have to go to the right person.

"We want it to stay nice, because it's in really good condition for how old it is."