Vintage shows in the 613

It’s a busy weekend coming up for all things vintage in Ottawa, Ontario.

There is the Vintage Pop-up 613 taking place on Saturday (25th) and the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show on Sunday the 26th.

Quick dish:

The pop-up will have the following:

  • Books & vinyl
  • Furniture and Antiques
  • Games and Comics
  • Repurposed gift items
  • Toys & Collectibles
  • Vintage Clothing & Accessories
  • Housewares

The clothing show will have items such as:

  • Vintage clothing
  • Accessories
  • Jewelery
  • Designer Vintage

I hope you have a blast and make it out to both events. I have never been to the pop-up but will keep you posted on it.

Also, I just got back from the Ottawa Nostalgia & Collectible Show 2017 and can’t wait to show you what I found. Stay tuned by checking out my instagram feed on the blog.

Have an amazing rest of weekend.


IMG_6386A great friend of mine got me a wicked beaded wallet a while back while she was on a vacation blitz, unfortunately it met its demise today.

I was sad that it was time to let it go but quickly recalled grabbing a classic wallet or two in a lot of estate sale stuff last year. Out of the entire lot I only kept a few things for myself and the rest of the items I parted with.

This vintage 1967 Rolfs leather, mustard yellow wallet is so freakin rad. It not only has ample storage inside but boasts an overall real posh look.

The same design but in a coin purse/wallet in mint IMG_6387condition is selling for around $35-39US which leads me to believe I could fetch $50-60US should I wish to sell the larger wallet.

It’s staying with me but that doesn’t stop you from searching out your own Rolf leather bag.

When shopping second hand always take a peak inside bags, purses and wallets to find either the designer label or an indicator. Sometimes the indicators are printed more faintly within, certainly different than your now-a-days so apparent tag.


Showy Sundays Presents – The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show Rundown

STEAL OF THE DAY: Vintage 1970's Cherie Paris Numero 3 Magazine Clutch Bag (VintageSoulGeek)
STEAL OF THE DAY: Vintage 1970’s Cherie Paris Numero 3 Magazine Clutch Bag (VintageSoulGeek)

Shows upon shows and not enough time in one day. This afternoon, looking and touching was the name of the game.

I unfortunately spent so much time at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show that I didn’t get the opportunity to get out to the Antique Nostalgia & Bottle Show. Funny enough I met someone at the vintage show by the name of Richard Jacobs (a.k.a the ultimate pack rack) who had made it out to the bottle event and said it was great. He and his wife are collectors and sellers of many things. I always look forward to those informative aisle convos.

My initial scan of the giant room today was a bit overwhelming, I had some issues with knowing which vendor to visit first. I have some take-a-way tips to share they are:

1. Have cash on you to avoid line-ups and not being able to buy something on the spot. It’s never enjoyable to wait in a line or have to sprint in order to secure that one-of-a-kind piece.

2. If you are questioning a piece don’t leave in alone for long. I heard a girl return to a spot and say, “I will buy the dress” and it was sold moments earlier on her. She was contemplating price or second guessed and it was gone.

3. If you can try it on – TRY IT ON! Vintage clothing shapes and sizes vary quite a bit from the clothing of this period -these days.

There was a massive selection of female and male clothing and stunning accessories on-site today. I must say that there is nothing better than a creative pair of cufflinks – guys should always consider these understated accessories and make more of the 9 to 5 monkey suit.

What did I bag? I snagged a feminine Sandra Angelozzi tank top for $15 at Walentyna’s booth. Sandra Angelozzi is an internationally known fashion designer who has been designing since the early 80’s (late 70’s).

The Sandra Shirt
The Sandra Shirt

My heart was stolen by a stunning black and white strapless dress at Le Walkin boutiques space. I did not leave with with the tantalizing dress but I left with a Produits Symbol Products funky short vintage shirt that’s looks straight from the jazzy show In Living Color. It put a big smile on my face for $20 [see photo below].

Before leaving the event I came across four adorable vintage pins (picture at bottom of post] which I am going to pair with four different outfits. I walked over to pay the VintageSoulGeek rep when I saw this rare Vintage 1970’s Cherie Paris Numero 3 Magazine Clutch Bag [picture a top of post]. I was drawn to it and its dainty white vinyl strap which has a cute snap clasp. It is lined with a plain black material but the exterior it so elaborate. This item takes the cake as my deal of the day. I got it for $30 and found only a few others for sale online between $50-$125. My last and final find was from at the same booth – practical and pretty black glass earrings.

Living Colour revival
Living Colour revival
Pair a Pin!
Pair a Pin (VintageSoulGeek)

I had a blast running around the show today. Before I depart this post I want to mention Emma Paige. I really liked her unique stuff, it reminds me of Sex & the City style. This designer specializes in high-end designs and has a fantastic website and look-book. If you like vintage and contemporary you should visit this online retailer.

“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”
Karl Lagerfeld

Have a lovely clothing  [I mean closing] to the weekend.


The Frock – A Vintage Wardrobe Staple


Frock – a  gown or dress worn by a girl or woman. Source: Dictionary,com 

After several visits to vintage clothing stores I kept seeing a pattern – the word “Frock” used instead of the word “Dress”. May I just say I LOVE frocks these days especially this sleek black & gold one I picked up at Young Janes Vintage Store in Ottawa, Ontario.

For a pinch over $100 I was able to buy this quality frock, necklace and purse as seen in photo. If you don’t want to break the bank and are in need of (or just fancy) a new character-filled outfit you should check this boutique out.

How I enjoy the two floors of casual and dressy threads. Time to frock up and wear some vintage! Readers, stay tuned for my Vintage Style Guide – a weekly article on what to buy and where to buy it.

Young Janes Location/Address:  223 Dalhousie Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7C9








Vintage Clothing Shows – Toronto and Ottawa

Fellow Fashion Hunters,

vintage show graphic

Looking forward to a room filled with all things vintage? I know I am!

Friendly reminder that there are some wicked vintage shows coming up. I will definitely be visiting the Ottawa show. Check out the event websites below for more information.

The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show  Sunday, March 23, 2014  (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6)

The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show Sunday, April 13, 2014 (Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, K1N 9J2)

Show Time: 10am-5pm
Admission: $10 (may be best to bring cash or get ticket in advance if possible to avoid line-ups)

Happy hunting!