Ottawa, The Rideau Canal- Longest skating rink in the world .
This weekend I had the urge to check out some great vintage stores. So while in downtown Ottawa checking out the world's longest skating rink with my family, enjoying the cold and the beavertails, I detoured and dragged them to a couple of my favourites. First stop was "The White Monkey" - a great spot for vintage furnishings, lighting and accessories. This time I noticed the pops of orange throughout, just like I said in my last post, it's being seen everywhere. I loved a sleek 60's seating set upholstered in grey felt mixed with teak finished off with orange pillows. It is certainly added to my list of must haves which is getting so long I can't find the beginning anymore!
Next on the tour bus we went to "Ragtime Vintage" on Flora Street, this is an amazing Aladdin's cave of clothing from all era's, everywhere you look there are treasure, shining to get your attention. It is packed to the rafters and you really have to be in the mood to hunt but it is worth it. The first piece I saw was a great floppy hat just like the one on this month's Vogue cover worn by Taylor Swift. My son found some classic leather Converse, and some retro bow ties and a cool top hat! I spotted a few owl necklaces I liked and my daughter saw a vinatge dress hanging way up high. It's a fun way to spend some time on a Saturday afternoon and find something unique and interesting.
My last stop of the day took me to Carelton Place a small town outside of the city to visit two amazing entrepeneurs at the Tin Barn Market. I had visited them several times at a different location last year but this day they were holding a one day Valentine event at a historic stone house showcasing their great vintage, salvaged and pre-loved finds. They are always on the look out for great pieces, scouring hotspots throughout Ontario. just recently returned from Toronto they decided to host this fun event displaying everyhting in unique ways using all their fabulous finds. I picked up a nice cake stand that I plan to use in many ways. Either for food or my scrapbooking supplies, you could also use it in your bedroom as a jewellery stand. I also grabbed a salvaged letter S representing my last name, it needs a little fine tuning possibly painting but it will add character to a shelf in my home. It's fun to imagine where it came from and sometimes we are lucky enough to find out. I will let you know when their next soiree will be taking place, I wouldn't miss it!
Here are some of the Tin Barn's collectibles
If you are local to Ottawa take a look at these great places, if not search your own area and see what you can find. . . . . .