9 Signs of Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show Fever

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Boring wardrobe, sadness induced by lack of style and lust for something new & different are only a few signs of Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show fever. Fight the fever tomorrow and shop your heart out!

I am looking forward to stopping by the show and scouting out some unique finds.

Every year I task myself with finding something scarce and specific. Whether its a funky tie, lustrous personal ornament to drape myself in or an interesting bomber jacket I am certain I will find my hearts desire.

The details:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Shaw Centre Ottawa (55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2)


For more on the event visit their Facebook page or Website.

30,000 sq./ft. of FABULOUS!

what does the word meanAntique, Vintage and Retro all in one glorious room, the time has come to ignite your shopping buds.

The countdown is on to the Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market and I am getting my walking shoes ready, for me this happens to be my three-inch heels.

The market will be held at the bright and spacious Carleton University Fieldhouse located at Bronson Avenue and Sunnyside Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario.

The dates and times are this Saturday (March 21) from 10am-5pm and Sunday (March 22) from 10am-4pm. If there is one thing I love more than one-day events, it is certainly two-day events!

It is a good move to grab cash before you go as admission is $10 cash only at the door and parking is $3.00 at a Pay & Display. There is an ATM at the venue in case you are in need. Don’t forget to bring an environmentally friendly shopping bag [or two, or three] so you can easily carry all your finds.

Come on down and check out what 30,000 sq./ft. of FABULOUS looks like.

For a recap on my experiences at last years show do not forget to read; It spoke to me – The Ottawa Antique Show Day 1 Recap and Artistry was in the air – The Ottawa Antique Show Day 2 Recap.

Happy Hunting!


Show and Tell

pendalumHibernating? It’s time to awake from a deep slumber, get ready for the birds to start singing and snow to start melting…the shows are coming.

I was sitting back today and recalling memories of when I would have “show and tell” at school. Now this was quite a while ago and though I do not remember every detail, I remember how I felt. The night before I would pick out what I was going to bring in and in this specific memory it happened to be my pet hamsters, Elvis and ???? [I can’t remember the girls name]. I cleaned their cage, combed their silky fur with my barbie comb and was so excited to show them off to my friends.

I walked into class the next day and was swarmed by the affection of my classmates which was directed at my furry friends. Then came my version of a “hamsters life” story which consisted of me mentioning their never ending spins on the running wheel, litter of hamster babies and how they would often be scared because we had three cats at home. The boy I had a crush on at the time asked me if he could play with them and I said sure meanwhile instantly thinking he was my soulmate.

It feels like this moment was just yesterday even though it was 23 years ago.

When we show and tell we are essentially sharing something with others that we think to be of great value. It makes our eyes light up when we speak about it and puts us into a happy haze. I realized this evening that show and tell is a big part of why I love antiquing and fishing for vintage gems. I enjoy showing them to the people I care about [or in some cases do not even know] and telling the story behind their existence.

There are many beautiful things to see in this lifetime so why not show and tell a little more?

Looking for a little show and tell yourself? Why not check out the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market (March 21-22,2015) and the The Ottawa Vintage Clothing  Show April 19,2015 – I am sure you will see some amazing things and hear some amazing stories.



Why Sundays Rock! Collectible and Nostalgia Shows…

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I adore Sundays! Why you ask? It is the day of the week where I feel content with doing nothing [at all] but end up doing something quite random.

On Sundays I don’t care when I awake, leave the house or when I return.  With that being said it is usually never past 7pm [the hustle and bustle of the week catches up with me] unless there is a drink or two involved.

There is yet another reason to favour Sunday as it is the day of the week when groovy vendors come out of the woodwork and amusing antiques and vintage masterpieces make an appearance. I am starting to see a comeback in the number of Collectible and Nostalgia shows taking place on Sundays.

Speaking of which, I just got wind of a monthly collectibles show taking place in Pembroke, Ontario. Looking for your own little piece of nostalgia?

Pepsi items, Baseball Cards, Beanie Babies, Comics, Magazines, Movie stills and more can be found at show. It is time for a fun Sunday day trip to check it out!

WHEN: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015, FROM 10:00AM – 4:00PM


How will you know when you have arrived at the event?  Just watch out for the life-sized Darth Vader road sign. Best thing of all it is free admission. For more details visit the show website: http://www.breddie.com/

If you know of any top notch Sunday antique, vintage or collectible shows coming up in the Ottawa-Gatineau area (or elsewhere in the world) contact me and I will post it up for everyone to see.


Photo Source: Photo by artur84 from FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Boy Meets Girl – Fall 2014 Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

IMG_2691This past weekend was a real hectic one for me – between getting on my Amy Winehouse costume twice and gallivanting around town I was mega sleepy by Sunday night.

What kept me going? Sugar free Red Bull [only one], dynamite rooms full of creative people dressed to the 9’s and racks of clothing with gems to be found. Despite my late Friday evening out I awoke quite early on Saturday and was delighted to go to The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show.

My boyfriend decided he was in the mood for vintage so came with. To my surprise this year seemed to have men’s and women’s fashions of quite equal proportions. Most of the booths that offered stuff for the ladies also offered a little something for the gents. Boots, jackets, ties and purses [as well as leather bags] were plentiful!

We started off the event at Sharona a space that boasted some unique male masterpieces including some super suave vests. I believe they have a private collection in which they show by appointment only. They can be reached at sharonascloset@gmail.com – they say: “Vintage Never Goes Out of Style”

I continued of my way looking for a fashionable headpiece and though I did a ton of scouting [for a very specific kind of fascinator this year] I came up short. However I wasn’t upset since I snagged a fantastic floral brooch from Beehive Vintage. I bee-lieve they will be starting an Etsy store soon. Here hoping…don’t mean to start a buzz… They had some really different clothing that was really stunning so I look forward to seeing what comes next.IMG_2685

A few things about this years show:

1. There were tons of jackets. This event is key to finding a durable and original jacket.

2. Fur me up! This event also is home to many fur items – you can find anything from neck warmers, hats to long & short jackets.

3. Other? The show is famous for practical yet stylish finds such as carved walking canes, doilies for tables and retro luggage.

I wanted to share that The Ottawa Citizen [our local newspaper] took some superb photos during the event. Look through their vintage finds! I am still working on my photography skills.

I can’t wait until the next time this vintage show comes to town. An entertaining day full of fashion, fun and festive people.

Chitchat with you soon!