When the true season of fall approaches, fashionistas in the nation’s capital know that the annual Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is on the horizon as well. I have been a couple of times since moving to Ottawa over the past few years, and this past year was by far the most successful trip that I have had. The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show was held at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Vendors from all over Ontario and Quebec were synergized under one roof together for a day full of shopping and adventure for many Ottawa people.
The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show was not restricted to just ladies wear. There was a great selection of men’s garments and accessories to be found. The old saying, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” can certainly be applied here. Some of the pieces dated back to the late 1900s. Labels like Simpson’s, Eaton’s, and Stetson could be found. It honestly felt like a time warp walking through the various vendor stalls and seeing what they had to offer.
The demographic of the event was such a wide spectrum from people in their teens to retirees. I saw very excited older ladies, picking up pieces and laughing with each other saying things like, “Oh Ethel, don’t you remember these?”. Younger women were in awe at some of the detail and embellishments that adorned some of the garments.
I ended up finding a couple of treasures from the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. I hummed and hawed about a silver choker style necklace. I tend to wear more silver than gold but this piece had some serious sparkle and bling about it. I put it on hold and walked around some more. Something in my head still kept drawing me back to the necklace. Alas, I walked back to the booth and I committed and bought it. One of the photos down below is of me trying it on. The other treasure I found was of an old illustration that was in a 1940s Vogue magazine. It was a drawing of people in their cocktail gear at the Horse Show at Madison Square Gardens (aka MSG). Back in that era, people dressed up to go to sporting events.
If you were in the market for a fur item, the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show was the place to be. I almost bought this fur collar. I hesitated though because I realized I have 2 fur scarves at home. Fur hats, coats, vests, collars, and more could be found!
Can’t wait until next year! Maybe I will see you there!