Three Stores & Hours of Shopping (Ottawa, ON)

Have a hankering for a new addition to your home?

There is nothing I love more than a sunny Sunday afternoon stroll. When I am looking for that certain something special I always visit these three shops in Ottawa, Ontario.

“I’ve always had a keen sense of history. My father was an antiques dealer and he used to bring home boxes full of treasures, and each item always had a tale attached.”
― Sara Sheridan

If you have an hour (or two) in the city spend some time to browse and learn the provenance behind the pieces you come across.

IMG_1811Ottawa Antique Market – Quality Selection of Furnishings

1179a Bank St. Ottawa, Canada

The Ottawa Antique Market features an astounding selection of antique furniture, collectibles and much more. I could spend (and have spent) hours just wandering through the retail square footage.

You will find everything at this store including Danish Modern, Art Deco (and Nouveau), China, Fine Art, Vinyl Records, Jewellery as well as an abundance of Vintage items.

I highly recommend this place for those into knick knacks and eclectic furniture, what I call the “shabby chic” distressed look.

Ragtime Vintage Clothing – A Unique Extension to Your Closet 

43 Flora St. Ottawa, ON K2P 1A7

If I am looking for riveting rags, I go to Ragtime. This place is stuffed floor to ceiling with gems. Racks upon racks of classic clothing and many neat purses to choose from. Both the Men’s and Women’s sections have a whopping assortment. If you need a cool head piece, ring, belt or pair of shoes you should definitely stop by.

The White Monkey – One Funky Store

395 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa ON K2P 0Y9

This place screams style! Nothing makes me happier than a hip and vibrant lamp. The items covering the two floors at this joint just pop with an eccentric vibe. Vintage and Retro furniture can be found throughout. If colour is your thing you will be sure to find a colourful contemporary furnishing here.

It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new.
― Tony Visconti 

Stay informed with my weekly where to shop posts. I will be covering not only Ottawa but the surrounding area.


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.