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.

There’s an app for that!

Apps Presentation1Take a break Tuesdays presents, THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT!

On the run and looking for a fast app for your phone that may help you with pricing an antique or vintage item? Or are you looking to learn a bit more about that furniture find you just stuffed in your truck?

Stop spending loads of time searching and check out these apps.

The word app is short for “application” and the apps I am pertaining to in this post are software programs most utilized on a mobile device or smartphone such as BlackBerry, Android and/or iPhone. Some of these apps may work for desktop too. See links for further app details.

Furniture Styles: A handy app to help identify the style of antique furniture from your desktop or mobile device (android). Features a user friendly interface and many types (era specific) of furniture as well as styles. This app looks real detailed and interesting. Located at the Amazon App Store here.

Whats it worth?: Do you have many antiques and collectibles lying around? Do you want to figure out what they are worth! With this app you can upload a photo of your item and get some feedback.

Official eBay Android App : I use eBay all the time to assist with pricing items after I buy them. It also has a great search engine and is a great place to uncover and buy items from. I have only heard great things from people that have purchased from eBay. Now you can do all this from the comfort of your own phone.

Etsy: The Esty app has had some enhancements over the past little while. They also have a very comprehensive website. Visit the Antiques area or Vintage spot on Etsy. Similar to eBay – I use this to help me price items or better describe them.

For a little bit of fun check out the Antiques Roadshow Play-along. Think you know the value of an object? Time to confirm if you are an antiques expert by playing along with BBCs Antiques Roadshow.

I am going to add these guys to my phone this week. I will report back if there is anything more to app, I mean add.

Make antique and vintage research fun today!


Best Antique Shows on TV -Take Your PICK

ANTIQUES ON TVTime to turn on and tune in,

I am not channeling my frustration only happiness.

About two years ago I moved downtown and got rid of cable TV. There are three televisions downstairs in my gym so I particularly run down to workout when I can catch a glimpse of…

American Pickers  These two guys, Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe always put a smile on my face. Their eagerness is contagious! I get so engaged with the whole travelling round the nation bit in pursuit of extraordinary things.

They do not leave a stone unturned. If you like conversations that capture the history behind the person and the piece this is your kind of show. If you like this show but prefer to Go Canada tune into Canadian Pickers instead. 

When to watch: Thursdays at 9:00pm ET shown on History (see website for more schedule details)

Storage Wars – Yep or Yup? I cannot choose my favourite person on this show, they are all characters. Barry makes me laugh instantly, Darrell remind me of my Dad (a little) in moments, Dave has no filter and Jarrod & Brandi’s chatter reminds me of day to day relationships. Waiting to see what is unveiled “in the lockers” always keeps me on the edge of my seat.

When to watch: Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on A&E

Pawn Stars – Artifacts and intense haggling all in one show – sign me up. Mega amounts of antiques, memorabilia and merchandise all in one place. Rick, The Old Man, Corey and Chumlee will keep you entertained. You should also visit the Pawn Stars (Website) -it is stellar.

When to watch: Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET shown on History (see website for more schedule details)

CBC’s Four Rooms is the latest show to hit my tube. In a nutshell it involves a person wanting to sell an object who visits at the most four closed door rooms to check offers. They have a chance to visit four different top buyers (if they choose) giving them a total of four chances to make the best deal. That’s a ton of 4’s! There is a catch to the whole four door thing so check it out to see what it is…

When to watch: Sundays at 8pm/8:30NT.

Each of these shows touches on something a little different. American Pickers is a little down and dirty, Storage Wars is more ballsy with a hint of surprise, Pawn Stars shows the winning and losing aspect of the business while Four rooms is all strategy.

Stayed tuned for more on antiques.




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.