|Photo from Desire to Inspire|
The show was great! We spotted some familiar vendors, but new booths as well. There were some fabulous pieces for sale. I favored so many of Kim's picks that by the end Hubby would spot a pick of hers, hide her tag, ask if I liked it, then celebrate if I didn't love it. As in, "a-ha! It was a Kim's pick!". It was triumphant for him. Whatever keeps him entertained, I guess!
I was on a mission: silhouettes, McCoy pottery, Pyrex, Iittala . . . I'm trying to build and grow existing collections so they have a WOW factor, instead of investing in random little items here and there. Although I also seriously considered a very small pair of silhouettes, I only purchased two small items (I'll tell you what I bought in a minute).
|I loved these little silhouettes, but they just didn't suit the rest of my collection.|
|I have wanted a Lea Stein fox pin forever, but I'm not a huge fan of red.|
|Found out Hubby doesn't like Russel Wright dinnerware - which I had thought about starting to collect!|
|These 1970s teak tables would provide amazing storage in a living room . . . like our living room!|
|So tempting . . .|
Even with all this temptation I stuck to our money-saving goal, but did come home with one sweet treat that was a total surprise: antique Fort William post cards that round out my existing set, which we hung in the stairwell in floating frames. The bridge on one is the same bridge Hubby and I were almost swept under last time we took out our very small sailboat, on a trip to our hometown. The Lake Superior slips were closed for renovations, so we took the boat on a river and had a terrible time that ended up with us paddling, ditching the boat, hiking back through rough brush, shimmying around a chain link fence (dangling over a cliff), emerging covered in burrs and then waiting a lifetime in the setting sun for someone to help us tow the boat back. I HAD to get that postcard!
|This one was actually mailed! I wish the seller hadn't written the price on the postcard. I have no functioning erasers.|
Did any local readers hit the Ottawa Antique Show this weekend? Even though my purchases were small, I'm so happy with what I found and I'll be back next time - you never know what treasures will be there, just waiting to come home to the townhouse! Kim's so lucky: she got to snap photos before the show opened (most of mine have people's bums in them as they hunched over to investigate items, or were snapped in a hurry before someone's bum entered the shot). See her photos on Desire to Inspire and Closet Rivalry.