Happy Monday, guys! Did you have a good weekend?

Mine started off on exactly the right foot – a little dinner out, and a stop at the Ottawa Antiques Show with two of my favourite gal pals.

The Ottawa Antiques Show happens a couple times a year and brings together over 50 vendors from around Ontario. There is a great selection of goodies – from glassware, to jewellery, to clothing, to furniture, and much more!

Here were a few of my fave finds from this weekend’s show.

Boxes of vintage postcards could have had me glued to that one spot for hours. I love going through these and they can make such great little pieces of artwork. Framed with a crisp white matte in an IKEA Ribba and you’ve got yourself some sweet new art for your pad!

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The old valentines ones really had me. The graphics were so sweet and they would be great in a nursery. Plus, on the back of one of them said “To___, From ____” in two of the baby names that D and I love. I was pretty much tearing up right then and there. Can you say hormonal? Haha.

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My girl Courtney (who you’ll remember from this apartment tour), browsing through the postcards!

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This booth has tons of old metal goods, including some vintage keys. Having some of these in a little jar or hanging in a shadow box can look super fab.

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These broaches were GORGE. The vendor sold special clasps for a few dollars that would allow you to turn them into necklaces. Regretting not buying one or two of these now…

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I have seen this vendor before, and always drool over the jadite. I would love to start a collection of this stuff one day. Come on big, dream kitchen to actually let me store beauties like these!

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Here is my pal Andrea getting into the funky old dresses. I actually really loved this cream ruffled one. With a great pair of bright shoes and some accessories, how fab would it be?

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There were a few booths with some sweet mid-century pieces. This metal desk/side table would add some industrial chic to any space.

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Oh and here was another art idea. I see these brass plates (I’m not sure if that’s what they’re called?) all the time – some have horses, dogs, crests, moose, and all sorts of other things pictured in the middle. You could gather up a collection of your favourites and mount them in a shadow box for a nice piece of artwork. It would be a great way to inject a bit of brassy gold into the palette of a room, which is super trendy right now!

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This vendor from Brighton refinishes old boxes. He sources some really great rare boxes, so you’re bound to find one that has a branding stamp that appeals to you!

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I really wanted to bring this guy home, but just don’t have anywhere to put it. Boo. (Moo?)DSC_0688

Lots of great country style furniture at the show. I love these shabby, rustic pieces – though most were out of my price range. How fab would that long minty bench look in a big entryway? DSC_0689

Here we are at the end of the show. I think we were actually the very last to leave. Tired, a bit sore, but oh so happy with our purchases. (And yes – my bump is getting bigger! I owe you guys a bump update soon… but this little gal is definitely growing – I can’t hide it like a certain Middleton Princess apparently can!)DSC_0690

As for what I brought home? I was very restrained (much to hubby’s delight). I got these two blue crown jars for $10, so added them to my ever-growing collection for the business.DSC_0696

And I couldn’t resist bringing home a few of the valentine’s postcards (the top one is for D next year – hence why it’s turned over – and I’m thinking I’ll use the bottom one in the nursery).

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Have you local folks ever hit up the Ottawa Antiques Show? Brought home any goodies? Any antiquing or thrifting recently for the rest of you? I can’t wait until garage sale and flea market season is upon us. C’mon spring/summer!