Things to do in Ottawa on May 24: Neighbourhood Sales Whipped into a frenzy (includes tips on how to prepare for the sales of the year)

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Sometimes I enjoy seeing fancy knick-knacks, go figure!

Wowza. A suprisingly amazing, oh my gosh, out of the ordinary expression. Source Urban Dictionary

Two giant sales, one day, what is a girl to do? Attempt to visit both!

This Saturday I am going to be in a frenzy and hopefully so will you. Ottawa area shoppers get your car starter ready, bike basket intact and granny cart by your side.

What’s on the agenda you ask? My game plan…

My first stop will be just a short walk away from my dwelling over to the Glebe. The referrals are spreading as I type and the word is definitely out. The Great Glebe Garage Sale has become a landmark Ottawa May event. The homes are old and the objects within them are even older. I will be ready [with bells on] to go at 7:00am.

This event promises to be a treasure trove!

If the day is still young I will hop in the car and make my way to Fallingbrook. I used to live in Falling and Ridgemount so shopping in this part of town is no surprise to me. The sales will be plentiful and the people, sweet as always.

The community of Fallingbrook will be hosting its annual garage sale on Saturday May 24, all day long. Make your way through the streets and do not forget to bring your eco-friendly bag. I always forget and end up in an awkward juggling act by the third house visit.

So here is the deal I am moving in a month and a half (my place officially sold) and still need to find a new home to buy. Nothing says I can’t imagine it and get some sick new furnishings in the meantime. I will report back on the things I see, the people I meet and the items I buy this Saturday.

Before going to promising sales I do 3 (well it’s sort of 5) things:

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1. Brush up on my values and identification. I bought a book last week titled, Warman’s Bottles Field Guide 3rd Edition for $6 at a local book store called Black Squirrel Books. 

The plan is to read all about bottles over the next few days so my eyes are sharp to spot the top bottles.

2. Go online and search my local classified resource to see what homes I should visit at the neighbourhood sale first. Note: All of the best places put there own ads up with photos. I have two three hot spots in mind for this weekend already.

3. Gas up, clean the car and run to the bank and grab some moola the night before. Nice gesture: Break bills into small change if you have the time…it is courteous. Sellers don’t like when they get a $20 bill for a $1 object. Holding small change also helps you to bargain more – the more cash you show – the more they know you have.

Friday is upon us and Saturday is only a few sleeps away.

Jewelz

 

Tip of the week: It’s all about the clothing and convenience

Wild Wednesday presents: An interesting perspective I got wind of today that is applicable to the everyday buying selections we make.

I was waiting for my Korean take-out to be ready this evening when I overheard a conversation about clothing and style.

Girl says;

“You seem to like fashion a lot, you always wear things differently than other people, have you thought of becoming a designer?”

Guy says;

“It’s all about the clothing and convenience.” He went on to say how he wears things that work for him from both a practical use and fashion conscious point of view. His sentence (quoted above) really struck a chord with me. I felt like I just indulged in all the food for thought I needed for the day.

Funny how sometimes the things you hear in passing make you recall why you fancy antiques and vintage objects, especially when it comes to fashion. They explode effortless beauty and usually serve a distinct purpose.

If we apply this perspective to the olden days things we choose to buy there is definitely some value. Takeaway of the day for me is…

If you buy something don’t forget it’s purpose in your home or on your body. Make sure it is suitable to you and your level of comfort. Think about how functional it is and if you are an out of the box thinker, contemplate all the ways you can repurpose it.

Time to start making more room for captivating and convenient things in my life.

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A vintage briefcase can be used as a briefcase or you can use it in your home to store some of your beloved scarves or ties.

 

The Frock – A Vintage Wardrobe Staple

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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,

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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!