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.

Opened or Closed? The door knob in all its glory.

IMG_5396Sometimes it’s the smaller things that catch our eyes, tug at our heart strings and open our pocket books.

It was super early, so early in fact I still saw the mornings mist on the ground. I had perked myself up with a coffee and became alerted by a shimmering article in the distance.

It was a singular door knob for sale. I picked it up for $2 and still do not know where to put it but it will find a home in my old house soon.

It wasn’t until the mid 1820’s when glass started to take shape and moulds were used to turn glass into neat shapes and objects, like door handles.IMG_5397

By the early 1920’s glass door knobs became all the rage, they were “HOT”. Crystal was also used during this time to make elegant door knobs. For some reason (unbeknownst to me) they were replaced by the metals again sometime in the 1950’s.

If you look into the history books it was actually said that glass handles became popular due to the fact that during the time of war there was a shortage of metal.

Glass is also very durable which made it a large contender when it came to household goods. Crystal surpasses the longevity of glass due to the added lead oxide, you can feel the added weight when holding a crystal door knob. Overall they are both great a standing the test of time.

IMG_5401If you are trying to tell the difference between a glass and crystal knob keep in mind if it is clearer, very reflective of light (hence brighter) and heavier yet more delicate, you likely have a crystal knob in your hands.

Speaking of in your hands, these home décor pieces are quite the “in thing” these days and are very sought after. If you see some kicking around a yard sale do not hesitate to pick them up. You can sell them for more or use them in your own place. I guarantee they will start a conversation.

Second Hand Shopping on a Saturday

Well Hello!

“Buy what you don’t have yet, or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

There were garage sales galore this weekend and no shortage of second hand items to get my hands on. Though there were many tantalizing items in view I actually only bought a few things I needed this past Saturday and a few things I just couldn’t pass up.

ITEM #2: The Lamp (A Need)


I am starting with my second score of the weekend today which was a Mustard Yellow Vintage Metal Tole Table Lamp. I got this cheery light from a girl who had a driveway full of antiques. I had a blast looking at her stuff and was a happy camper when I snagged this item for $5.

Tole means: enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration, often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades, etc. Source: I learned more about toleware this evening. 

ITEM #3: The Cookie Jar (A Want)

Value Village was a contender this weekend as I picked up this Hand Painted Ceramic Round Biscotti Cookie Jar with Handles for $5.99. Some of these Italian containers sell online between $100-$200. There is nothing better than a sturdy cookie jar. In my last house I actually used a cool similar jar I had as a good home for dog biscuits. These containers are a good way to hide not-so-sexy dog bones in a very convenient easy to grab spot. I may put biscuits for myself in this one this time around.

IMG_2244ITEM #4: The Orange Plate (A Want)

This white & orange ornate plate caught my attention immediately when I was gazing in the aisles at VV. I am easily smitten with anything floral that boasts disturbingly bright colours. I paid $3.99 for this plate which offers no clear “identity” markings on it. To keep in check I always view different resources on How to Identify Antique Dinnerware.

It will be used for decorative purposes for sure it is a little too pretty for fork scrapes. I am still confirming the ages of the two items above. If anyone has details on this plate please let me know. I thought it was rather unique. It does not appear dirty – it is actually so shiny in person and where it is white looks like a pearl glaze.

IMG_2243ITEM #1: The Functional Baby Blue Desk (A Need)

At a later date you will see photos of my first find of the day which was a $5 Desk from a yard sale that is in need of some refinishing.  I will show you a before and after in a later post. I have eclectic knobs for this blue baby.

I can’t hardly wait to add these pieces to my new place. Looks like I am moving to the country within the next month and will have a ton more for you on all my antique and vintage hunting adventures.

Refer to my recent Tip of the Week – Second Hand Clothing Shop (in Store) Like a Pro for more on second hand shopping.

Will keep you posted,