Gripping Goods at this year’s Ottawa Antique Show

The Colourful Curiosity Shop!
The Colourful Curiosity Shop!

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.

Bell from Barre
Bell from Barre

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.

The astonishing apple or "fab find" from Annette Facette
The astonishing apple or “fab find” from Annette Facette

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.

A few things from Henry & Carol Milberg
A few things from Henry & Carol Milberg
Annette's array of household items
Annette’s array of household items







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