Friday, May 2, 2008

Show and Tell ~ Favorite Places to Treasure Hunt

Hi Gals! Welcome to another great Show and Tell Sunday! (I posted a bit early because I will be away this weekend) I live just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This Antique Market is one of my favorites . It is downtown, near a cluster of antique shops in a trendy part of the city. Very popular with the tourists in the summer!

I love going to auctions!! The Lombardy Agricultural Hall is often used as an Auction House. My good friend and partner in crime, LOL . . . Deb from Land of Nod Studio's loves to treasure hunt too. We meet at the auction hall and then we go out for coffee afterwards.

Would you believe that it was actually snowing when we returned to our cars !?! This picture was taken on April 30th. Deb's look says it all ! Luckily we wished the bad weather away . . . and the sun came back out.

It was a good day for quilts ! Aren't those little bunny blankets the cutest !

Almonte, Ontario is one of my favorite little towns. It has a sweet main street and wonderful stores filled with treasures. It is about 30 minutes away from my home. Curiosities is a great store! It is full of assorted antiques and vintage items.

Another great reason to visit Almonte is to have a snack or tea at the cafes, restaurants, bakeries and of course, my favorite, the ice cream hut right across the street from Curiosities (opening soon for the summer months).

Inside Curiosities is a treasure trove of goodies . . .

I bought that lovely cream Battenburg Lace Tablecloth. It is a beauty! You can see my earlier post on April 24th for additional pictures of my finds. I was so excited to share my shopping adventure that day.

I also bought that cute little yellow dress in the top right corner, and the white antique blouse shown in the bottom left.

Here is a group photo of the lace and linens I bought from Curiosities. Always a good day ! I bought the pink floral hat from a new collectibles store called Vintage Wares/Wears. I will have to go back for another visit (as I was running out of time ~ LOL).

The "Blackbird ~ neat stuff for every nest" is on the same main street. It is a lovely store in Almonte full of wonderul home decorating items, antique furniture, linens and iron work.

I love the way the owner ~ Emily ~ displays her items. The old and new are beautifully combined.

A lovely cottage style with a warm feel in this store . . .

And summer is just around the corner . . . .

I purchased a sweet little bird and flower pot . . .

The little birdie is perched on my mantle for now . . . until I have my outdoor garden area set up.

I will be away this weekend looking for more great items ~ a yummy vintage clothing and textiles auction in southern Ontario has my attention ! Road Trip :-)

FYI ~ I am currently constructing my online store Ciderantiques and will have my Grand Opening on May 8, 2008. Please drop by for a visit ! Many of the vintage items you see here will be available in my store.

Happy Treasure Hunting ! ~ Karen


Brenda said...

Hi Karen,
What a lovely selection of goodies! Auctions are so much fun. I love the Blackbird store and your little bird is adorable - you have really good taste LOL! Have fun in Picton and say hi to your dad and Roaanna.


Deb said...

Eeee Gads Karen don't we look the pair, I had fun thank you so much for allowing me to tag along. You really are the master at finding loot on your treasure hunts. Me I'm an amateur but I have fun. Are all those quilts form Lombardy? Oh my you really did clean up the place. I'm working on my photo's of my bounty, my haul isn't as impressive as yours but I did find some blossoming romance in my stack of letters. Again thank you for the wonderful day I always have fun kickin back with you.

Karen said...

Hi Deb, it's a cute picture of ya!! It show's how we feel about snow in May :). I'm glad I had the camera though ~ I have control of the delete button LOL.

Yep, all those quilts were from the auction. Some are just quilt tops though.

I will be busy doing the lisitngs next week (two more auctions this weekend).

Thanks for the fun day! Karen

Donna Lynn said...

Hi Karen,
Saw your comment on Charming Designs blog and thought I would pop over for a visit, glad I did! What fun you two were having, and all the stuff you got, WOW!
Have a great weekend, I sure hope you are now having better weather!
Donna Lynn

Nancy said...

Oh Karen...I want to shop with you! That looks like my kind of place. The quilts and laces are just so lovely. I'm jealous!!

Have a great day!
Hugs, Nancy

Our Back Porch said...

Looks like y'all had a great time!
I will be back to check out your new store!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Hugs and Blessings,

Melissa said...

It seems like you enjoyed this posting theme. What great finds and beauties. Thanks for sharing.


Lisa B. said...

The little bird is darling. You've certainly had your share of great finds recently. Hope you've had good luck at the auction this weekend.

She'sSewPretty said...

How fun! I haven't been to an auction in a long time. Thanks for sharing your finds and your favorite stores. I'd have a ball shopping there too!

Little Pink Studio said...

Wonderful photos! I love auctions too and do go to them when I hear of a good one. Unfortunately that has not been in a while!
Thanks for joining us!
~Cerri xo

Vintage Tea said...

What lovely treasures you got!!

Victoria xx

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

so happy you found my blog because now ive found yours, cant wait till your store opens I see things I like already!

The Apron Queen said...

What fun! :D Thanks for taking us along. Come join me on my road trip:

Adla said...

wow such great shopping to be had where you at...Loving all that linen you got !

Counting Your Blessings said...

Cute shoppes! I'll give a little shoutout for you on the 8th. Hope you have a great opening!! Blessings... polly

Cami said...

What a wonderful tour of your town. Love the little birdy! Can't wait for you to set up your outdoor area!!! And have a lovely trip.

Shanda said...

Thank you for visiting my blog for show and tell Sunday.
I would love to visit the BlackBird place, thank you for sharing.

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Karen, you are so adorable! I am so happy to put a face with the name. Just LOOK at all of those gorgeous quilts! wow!