Magnetic minds, arresting adornments and a sheer volume of supply – what more could a girl [or guy] ask for?
I stepped into this years antique show with an open mind even though I have gone in years passed. I always like to go to events with a fresh perspective and no expectations. I approach most things in life with this same viewpoint.
I must say every vendor continually steps up to the plate with refreshing trinkets and thought-provoking keepsakes. It is a new and thrilling hunting experience every time I attend the Ottawa Antique Show. I attended this years show on Saturday [October 25] at noon.
The first booth I stopped at I call, “old faithful” I always find something tré cool at The Curiosity Shop. The man and woman that represent this space are both colourful and chummy. I am not a huge fan of vibrant purses but this clutch squawked – BUY ME. It is from Monsoon Accessorize a company from London that has been in business 40 years. This purse is between 10-13 years old.
Just a hop away my friend, Jackie grabbed this vintage helmet bell also know as a 1950’s English Bobby Bell. This item is a London ER metropolitan police figural find. It was a popular British officer English souvenir/gift. You can ring my bell, ring my bell or maybe find another bell at Elaine Barre’s booth next time where we [she] found this one.
We drifted down the hallway and came across Henry & Carol Milberg who greeted us with a smile and a bountiful of knowledge. My friend instantly snagged some old school clothes pins from them and a New York World’s Fair souvenir dish circa 1961-63. In the top right corner the dish says 1964-1965 which is when the fair was held in NYC. I did some reading and it sounded like one impressive fair.
These country antique dealers [Henry & Carol] had some pieces unlike anything else including some adorable vintage wooden blocks and a plethora of keys.
They put Elginburg on the map for me which is just a short distance from Kingston, Ontario. Speaking of Kingston, I am taking a trip out there in the next month or so to check out the antique scene. I can’t hardly wait! Come back in November to hear about my day trip.
Looking for FabFinds? If so, you should connect with Annette Facette a collector of many things including a special wooden apple ice box and some really cheery 40’s, 50’s and 60’s pieces. Her table had a vast array of retro kitchenware and home décor. Visit her FabFinds blog for more.
Option # 2 is you can take a drive out to the Almonte Antique Market which is open daily [10am-5pm] and can be found at 26 Mill Street in Almonte, Ontario. You should find some of Annette’s finds there as well as some local dealer discoveries.
I dashed around the show next in search of a gift for my bestie. I usually buy gifts way way in advance of a birthday however I knew this event was coming up and I would have a chance to get something extremely distinct for her. I ended up finding a 1940’s sterling silver necklace with a shocking green glass pendant. I did not take a photo of it since it was a surprise and is something just for her. I purchased it from a nice man named Joe.
If any of you attended the event on the Sunday I would love to hear your feedback on how it went and what you found.
The show this year had conversation pieces, artistic objects and a variety of items from different decades. I did not end up finding a mirror large enough for my bathroom [its a big space to fill] but that’s okay because I left the show with a killer purse.
I also plan on attending the upcoming Ottawa Vintage Show to find the fascinator [headband] of my dreams. Come back soon and don’t miss a beat in the world of vintage and antique.