La Nouvelle-France Antiquités – The Price is Right

IMG_2031It’s Monday and after a busy weekend (and day) I am eager to continue reporting on my recent trip and finds.

Out of all the places I recently visited in QUÉBEC CITY I must say La Nouvelle-France Antiquités was one of my favourite shops is town. To be honest after exploring most of the antique landmarks there were only two places that curbed my “curious tourist antique-hunting cravings”.

The gentleman in the store was friendly, helpful and a pure delight to be around. He instantly greeted me and my friends and told us a little bit about each of the objects we were looking at.

This shop has a little bit of everything including crates, wooden items (ex. horse), lamps, glasses, purses and much more. Don’t forget to check out the basement. I always have a jolly good time looking for treasures in dark places.

IMG_2037The second I arrived I noticed something special in the distance. I had a quick look around and eagerly approached a football shaped purse. The price was right! I managed to snag this Made Exclusively Stein Novelty Import in Japan black tightly beaded clutch for $10.

After doing some searching I noted this may be a vintage reproduction and not worth much more than what I paid for it. That is okay because its black and will go well with any outfit.IMG_2177

Sometimes when I am on-the-go and unsure of an items value I “Google” it on my cell. Most times I can find a similar item to confirm pricing but at times nothing will come up which can mean an item is rare or I am not searching for it (getting the keywords) properly.

Have a jolly good time when your in Québec City next and browse La Nouvelle-France. I hope you find a hidden treasure to add to your collection.

“A collection is not a mere ‘pile’ of non-differentiated items. Even if it seems chaotic there is always a logic behind the dynamic arrangement of the items and their circulation.”

– Robert Neuberger, in Art Tribal, Spring 2003

IMG_2033Come back soon to hear about more of the interesting antiques I came across on my travels.

Happy Hunting!















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(418) 694-1807

Artistry was in the air – The Ottawa Antique Show Day 2 Recap

April 6, 2014

Elaine Barre -Jewellery Case
Elaine Barre -Jewellery Case

The crowds were thick today and the customers were happy. Artistry was in the air and I was loving it.

It was not long before I set foot in an enchanting display and was greeted by the welcoming Elaine Barre. The polished pendant that was my “buy of the day” yesterday at The Ottawa Antique Show was from her booth. Today I confirmed that it was from a previous Joan Rivers collection.

Elaine Barre -Stunning purses
Elaine Barre -Stunning purses

After admiring all the women’s accessoires including ritzy coin purses (pictured here) and learning of a local antique & vintage store I have to visit real soon called, Antique Hoarders, I was on my merry way.

The Curiousity Shop-Georgette Hat
The Curiousity Shop-Georgette Hat

Down the hall, The Curiousity Shop sparked my interest because of all the shiny objects that flanked their booth. On the back tables I could see some womens wear including a few hats. I wondered over and almost instantly bought this $4 Vintage Georgette labeled hat made of the Finest Imported Fur felt (Tchecoslovaquie).

Dorothy Bradley, the friendly vendor, mentioned the hat came from a sale in Westboro (Ottawa, ON) years ago. Right next door, I took a quick peak at some antique prints and maps.

Shortly after I landed at Pollikers Antiques featuring fine country furniture all the way from Greenwood, Ontario. The owner Gerry Marks was very informative and his Hoosier solid oak cupboard from Sutton, Ontario circa 1900 was the apple of my eye.

All of the items is his display had a very distinct look and a real homey feeling.

Pollikers Antiques -Cupboard
Pollikers Antiques -Cupboard

I always cherish the people that I meet at antique shows and the stories that are traded. It is just a bonus that I get to add some great new pieces to my own collection in the process.

I highly recommend checking out the upcoming Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show on April 13th. I heard through passing that some of the vendors from this past weekends Antique show may make an appearance there as well.

Hope to see you there!

(If you missed Part 1 visit: It spoke to me -Ottawa Antique Show Day 1 Recap)