Sixties Dresses? A swivel chair from the 50’s? Artwork from the forties? Check, check and check! Treasure hunters of all ages were having a blast swooning and admiring all of the different things that were available for sale at the semi-annual Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market. It was held indoors at the Carleton University Fieldhouse, however with the astroturf footing, bright lighting and spacious high ceilings, it resembled being outdoors at a market. There was a steady stream of visitors at the entrance all afternoon on Saturday. Vendors from all over the area as far away as south Western Ontario were at the market to showcase their goods.
I have been to this show a handful of times and always walk away feeling inspired and replaying fond memories of my childhood after seeing toys and memorabilia from my younger years. As the classic saying goes, “Fashion recycles itself,” the same can also be applied to furniture. Many pieces of restored furniture from all eras were displayed. The retro 70s pieces seemed to draw a lot of attention. The color and shape of chairs, tables and accent pieces were just so fun and carefree. It is no wonder they are making a comeback in this day in age. Maps and postcards capturing old images of various Ontario and Quebec cities and towns were intriguing to look at. I found some postcards of my hometown, Toronto in the 30s and 40s and picked them up to frame.
One unique vendor that really stood out was local Ottawan Jeff Jenkins of Daff Designs. He finds old radios and music players, takes them apart and then updates them with modern technology for resell (pictured left). At a reasonable price, you can have a piece of history that also plays your favourite music tunes. Jenkins had quite a few of these restored radios on display and allowed visitors to give them a bluetooth test drive with their own personal devices.
Wooden crates, whether restored or still in their raw form, seemed to be one of the hottest and sought after items amongst visitors, myself included. I had been dreaming of putting one in my living room to use as a sidetable or magazine holder. My dreams were made a reality as I found a varnished wooden crate with the words “Loaded Shot Gun Shells” printed very matter-of-factly on the side. As I continued to wander the aisles of the market, I had to be careful not to accidentally whack anyone with my newly acquired piece.
If you missed the spring Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market, don’t worry as they have a fall show taking place on October 17th and 18th at the same location. Make sure to sign up for their mailing list to receive discount coupons and to be in loop of news and exciting information.