Rediscover a Bountiful Supply of Bottles: Antique Nostalgia & Bottle Show and Sale (Ottawa)

pizap.com13970098396751Do you have a sheer fascination for beautiful bottles?

Grab your coffee (or tea) and come check out the 41st annual Antique Nostalgia & Bottle Show and Sale presented by the Bytown Antique and Bottle Club (BABC).

This event will be worth the drive featuring an impressive fifty tables full of a diverse choice of items.

I am hoping to find an elegant apothecary bottle with an affixed label or shapely 18th century blown onion glass wine bottle.

A funky ink or bitters bottle would also peak my interest. I have been amazed to see how many old ink bottles there are out there. 1001 Ink Bottles  definitely opened my eyes to the selection.

Bitters have “a bitter taste” and come from spices, herbs & roots. They were traditionally stewed in alcohol. They were commonly used for medicinal reasons however some people worked a swig into their everyday routine similar to how some take preventative Echinacea to avoid the common cold now-a-days. Bitter me up scotty!

What you will find at the show:

  • Little Antiques
  • Collectable and Decorative Bottles
  • Antique Crocks for the Kitchen and the Home (Ceramics and Porcelain)
  • Jugs & Stoneware
  • Vintage Decorative & Collective Tins
  • Table Lamps
  • Assortment of Toys
  • Antique & Vintage Postcards

When to go: Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 9:00AM-3:00PM

Where its at: Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa ON  (See Google Maps or OC Transpo)

Cost: $5.00 admission fee

Are you a huge fan of bottles? Check out The Bytown Antique and Bottle Clubs website. I also found a good resource for antique bottle collectors here.

Looks like I have a full Sunday afternoon of searching and shopping between this and the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show.

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)


Part 2: Key Antique Objects Made from Animals and Plants

In my recent post (Controversial Collecting – What on Earth is this object made of?) I touched on the idea that it is worthwhile when you don’t know what you are looking at to really question it or better yet ask someone about its origin.

After all you cannot undo buying something in a market or at a sale as easy as exchange at the shopping mall.

A few years ago I will admit I had an infatuation with collecting all things with an African influence. My entire home was filled with masks, carved knick knacks and a plethora of wooden wonders – you name it, I had it. The Elephant is my favourite animal of all time so anything Elephant in my collection was favoured including gifts I received over the years making reference to the Asian Elephant.

Months ago I recall watching a television show on storage lockers whereby the lock was removed and the people who bought it were astonished to find a bunch of taxidermy animals inside, including a large wild cat. Local authorities immediately had to investigate and rightfully so. Needless to say the contents were not worth what the buyers had hoped. It was a lesson that this kind of collecting can fall into a niche market and the niche is very regulated.

As awareness has been raised globally around the protection of plants and animals I became quite curious to uncover what Antique & Vintage objects may have been made (utilizing these organisms) before certain controls were put in place. It continually shocks me what falls on this growing list.

African & Indian Elephant ivory has been used in many smaller carved decorative objects such as statues. High end piano keys, billiard balls and other musical instruments as well as sports related items also were made of or contained ivory at one point in history. Walrus ivory was also used in the making of small objects while Hippopotamus ivory gained popularity because it does not turn yellow with age. Scrimshaw carvings on the whales’ teeth dating back to the 1800’s were made of Sperm Whale ivory. A few other animals have also been impacted by the use of ivory in ornamental items such as Hogs, Boars and the extinct Mammoth.

The Rhinoceros horn is made of keratin and has been prized for its translucent color when carved and generally assumed healing properties. Meanwhile Tiger parts and products include skins, claws and teeth in the forms of charms, jewellery and various novelty items.

Larger species of Tortoise and Turtle (most noted the Hawksbill Sea Turtle) are associated with tortoise shell accessories. Old brushes, combs and jewellery are on the list as are more new age sunglasses frames. Tortoise shell guitar picks were very common in the twentieth century.

Wild Butterflies in frames, Bird eggs sitting in elaborate encasements and Coral jewellery can most often be found in original form. On a differing noted furniture created by Tropical Hardwoods is also something you can watch out for.

CITES also known as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is a key player in the protection of plants and animals. Rainforest Relief raised their hand to bring awareness to the improper use of wood.

Next time when you pick up that strange object in the shape of an elephant make sure you are informed. Knowledge is power -I always say. Part 3 will touch on how to better understand real objects from fake objects.


I picture of a Tiger I painted last year. I love Tigers!
I picture of a Tiger I painted last year. I love Tigers!


The Wayback Times – A Fantastic Free Antique & Collectibles Guide

Are you looking for a great antique & collectibles guide? Look no further! A few weeks ago I was exploring the charming town of Almonte, Ontario and came across a guide called, The Wayback Times at a local antique shop.

I am excited to report that the guide is not only FREE but jammed packed with educative, refreshing articles. The tasteful ads seen throughout the guide are relevant to a reader keen to get wind of all that Ontario has to offer in regards to antiques and more.

Within a few minutes of reading I jotted some places I really want to visit including Silly Sisters Antique Emporium in the Village of Orono and the Antique Alley in downtown Kingston. What is also handy is the incredible full page events calendar.

This is just my call to all antique and collectible buyers and sellers around that this bi-monthly read (published six time yearly) is an excellent source of information. I am sure glad I tucked it under my armpit and it made the journey home to my coffee table.

If you are not able to grab the newspaper copy no need to fret just visit Canada’s No.1 Antiques & Collectibles newspaper The Wayback Times online.


Carleton Place Shopping Attractions & Antique Flea Market

Location: The Town of Carleton Place

Carleton Place
Carleton Place

Every Sunday or so I enjoy taking a road-trip to a different town and scavenging all the Antique and Used Clothing stores I can find. Today, it was the picturesque Carleton Place on the Mississippi River. Upon arrival I was surprised by the amount of shops/businesses on the main drag (Bridge Street) in the historic part of town.

Brush Stokes - Necklace Front/Reversible

I took a stroll and paid a visit to Brush Strokes where I purchased a striking necklace (see photo) and received extremely friendly service. If you appreciate interior design you will adore this space that has original inventory displays featuring local artisan work and a little bit of everything from art supplies, crafty jewellery to funky gift ideas. They also had a few sporadic antiques in store for sale that quickly caught my eye.

IMG_1734Keeping in mind on Sundays not every business is open we drove three miles and landed at Murray’s Furniture and Flea Market. The second I walked in I was intrigued by the variety of new & used items and low prices. Vintage and collectible toys, antiques, furniture and an assortment of records and DVDs galore. I have not seen such diverse Transformers, Nascar Merchandise, Trading Cards and Glassware under one roof. For more on the vendors visit flea market website.

I always laugh on the way home because I always say, “I won’t buy anything” on my way to these towns however generally always leave with something I can easily justify by saying ” I will never find it again”. In most cases my remark is true as most of the stuff is one of a kind.

If you are looking for a fun-filled few hours or trying to find that antique collectible I suggest you pay a visit to one or both of this spots.