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.

Costume jewellery



“Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth,
but to make them beautiful”

― Coco Chanel


Costume jewellery in a nutshell has been described as:

  • Fashion jewellery
  • Trinkets
  • Fake jewellery
  • Junk jewellery
  • Fashion statement pieces
  • Cosmetic jewellery
  • Fallalery

There is more to costume jewellery then meets the eye. First off, it has been around for a while.

Bangle bracelets, cocktail rings and geometric jewellery designs were a big hit during the Art Deco period. Between the 1920’s-1930’s [considered the Art Deco period] Coco Chanel embellished the costume jewellery movement. Her style [and outfits] always seemed to be so perfectly complete like a costume, so it is no surprise she topped off her signature pieces with some costume jewellery.

Though costume jewellery came on the radar in the 1920’s it only became popular in the 1930’s.

Secondly, some may think costume jewellery is just large, chunky, or tacky – I beg to differ. What is so excellent about it is it’s diverse and changes [and has changed] with the time just like clothing and furniture trends.

By the mid 1930’s all the way to the 1950’s Retro designs were all the rage. This was when plastics met natural materials. Flowers, moonstones, sunbursts and luxurious looking pieces like brooches were stylish at this time.

The Art Modern period [1945 -1960] came into play nearing the end of the bold and beautiful retro period and brought with it a more scaled down and plain form of costume jewellery. During this period you could get your hands on ornamental pins and charm bracelets.

Costume jewellery has come a very long way since the 1960’s. In more recent years I have noticed with the increased complexity of costume jewellery designs there has been a hefty increase in price. However with this being said if you are thrifty and enjoy the thrill of the hunt you can find some pretty fascinating pieces for a reasonable price. I generally find estate sale [bedrooms] are your best bet.

Sleek and Bold – I love it all! Costume jewellery is here to stay and I cannot wait to dig through the next box of trinkets I find. Sometimes when getting a lot of costume jewellery you can find real fine jewellery mixed in. Some people cannot tell the difference between the two.

The main difference between fake (costume) and real (fine) jewellery is the metals they are made of and the stones [Ex. gemstones need to be real to be considered fine jewellery] placed within the piece. The lifespan of fine jewellery also usually surpasses that of fake jewellery. I have personally seen both real and fake jewellery get passed down from generation to generation. The difference is some pieces are investment pieces and others may just be a walk down memory lane…

With valentines day coming up I am sure many people are thinking about jewellery whether it be new age, vintage, real or fake. Now that we have touched on what fake jewellery is all about come back real soon to learn how to differentiate fine jewellery from costume jewellery.



Artistry was in the air – The Ottawa Antique Show Day 2 Recap

April 6, 2014

Elaine Barre -Jewellery Case
Elaine Barre -Jewellery Case

The crowds were thick today and the customers were happy. Artistry was in the air and I was loving it.

It was not long before I set foot in an enchanting display and was greeted by the welcoming Elaine Barre. The polished pendant that was my “buy of the day” yesterday at The Ottawa Antique Show was from her booth. Today I confirmed that it was from a previous Joan Rivers collection.

Elaine Barre -Stunning purses
Elaine Barre -Stunning purses

After admiring all the women’s accessoires including ritzy coin purses (pictured here) and learning of a local antique & vintage store I have to visit real soon called, Antique Hoarders, I was on my merry way.

The Curiousity Shop-Georgette Hat
The Curiousity Shop-Georgette Hat

Down the hall, The Curiousity Shop sparked my interest because of all the shiny objects that flanked their booth. On the back tables I could see some womens wear including a few hats. I wondered over and almost instantly bought this $4 Vintage Georgette labeled hat made of the Finest Imported Fur felt (Tchecoslovaquie).

Dorothy Bradley, the friendly vendor, mentioned the hat came from a sale in Westboro (Ottawa, ON) years ago. Right next door, I took a quick peak at some antique prints and maps.

Shortly after I landed at Pollikers Antiques featuring fine country furniture all the way from Greenwood, Ontario. The owner Gerry Marks was very informative and his Hoosier solid oak cupboard from Sutton, Ontario circa 1900 was the apple of my eye.

All of the items is his display had a very distinct look and a real homey feeling.

Pollikers Antiques -Cupboard
Pollikers Antiques -Cupboard

I always cherish the people that I meet at antique shows and the stories that are traded. It is just a bonus that I get to add some great new pieces to my own collection in the process.

I highly recommend checking out the upcoming Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show on April 13th. I heard through passing that some of the vendors from this past weekends Antique show may make an appearance there as well.

Hope to see you there!

(If you missed Part 1 visit: It spoke to me -Ottawa Antique Show Day 1 Recap)


It spoke to me – The Ottawa Antique Show Day 1 Recap

My new charm or necklace pendant

April 5, 2014 – It spoke to me! You walk down the aisle and in the distance spot that timeworn masterpiece. Your eye follows it until you arrive and get to hold it in your hands. It evokes imagination, resurfaces a childhood memory and triggers a flood of emotions, I gotta have it.

I was like a little kid in a candy store at the Ottawa Antique Show today. Aisles and aisles full of head turning, age-old gems. Bold Opera house seats, metal vintage coin purses, retro 50′s styled chairs, glorious glassware and similar showy items greeted me at every corner.

What stuck out in my mind? A striking linen chest at Conversation Pieces made of camphor wood that projected craftsmanship galore. In many asian cultures fragrant camphor has been used as a moth repellent and popular incense fragrance. Just a short walk away from this conversation piece…

Daff Designs reinvigorates the stylish vintage radio by making enhancements such as installing new speakers for optimum sound or adding a bangin bluetooth component. The Roland Pantina BlueTooth Radio and Vintage Montgomery Ward Airline Radio both caught my attention. Before you dance the night away…

Prepare what you wear! Feast your eyes on the knock out vintage apparel and glamorous adornment. Pair a pendant with a priceless black and white printed party dress. Like a moth to a flame (or clothing) I am sure you will be drawn to that one special treasure for me…

The pièce de résistance was this little token I took away from the day. The character and bird sold me at first sight. I will be back for Day 2 of the sale. Take in the sights tomorrow (Sun. April 6, 2014 10am-5pm) and find your own piece of nostalgia.




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!