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Vintage Clothing At Big Vintage Almonte ON

29 Oct


Great selection of fall and winter clothes now at Big Vintage in Almonte, ON, on Mill Street, Julia Pine Proprietor. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 to 5. Fab Finds has lots of one of a kind items on consignment in this lovely establishment.

Lots of vintage silk scarves, cashmere sweaters, fur coats and hats, mohair and angora sweaters. Vintage gloves in all sizes and lengths. There is a nice selection of 1950’s – 60’s fur and wool hats. Great selection of cotton and silk blouses, including by Liberty.

Also available are vintage shoes and boots, vintage and antique beaded purses and assorted handbags. Vintage jewelry galore, vintage buttons and beautiful hankies. Something for everyone. Unique items you won’t find anywhere else. All Fab Finds items are inspected for damage, repaired if needed, cleaned and pressed and ready to wear.

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show Nov 3, 2019

1 Nov

Looking for vintage designer clothes?  Be sure to attend the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show this Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Carleton University Fieldhouse on Bronson Ave., Ottawa, Ontario.

We will be set up at booth 305, where you will find vintage lingerie, hats, purses, furs, clothing, and jewellery.

Look for these ‘fab finds’ in my booth:  Designer pieces by Yves Saint Laurent, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Bloomingdale’s, Simon Chang and some classic 1950’s and 60’s pieces.  Also a good assortment of vintage sweaters in cashmere, lambs wool, wool and angora.

Vintage jewellery by Monet, Sherman, Continental, Coro, Weiss, Stella & Dot, Duri, and many more mid century designers. I have a nice collection of Celtic brooches and shawl pins as well as some terrific rhinestone pieces and lots of pretty clip on earrings, shoe clips and fur clips, brass lipstick holders from the fifties, evening gloves and beaded purses, some sterling and gold rings.

For the men I have a good selection of silk ties, some great hats and shirts including an assortment of Hawaiin shirts, a fabulous wool coat and some vintage cufflinks.

Plenty of great one of a kind pieces and unique items will be on display in my booth so don’t miss out, come early!!  #ottawavintageclothingshow @ottawavintageclothingshow


Mid 20th Century Collins Style Canvas Kit Purse with Faux Jewels

30 Aug




Authentic Enid Collins purses either have her initials on them somewhere, either ‘ec’ or ‘c’ or her full signature. Some were dated and some had the name of the decorating theme on them as well.  The ones with full signatures and the ec or c initials date to before the 1970’s. In 1970, the Tandy Leather Corp. purchased Collins of Texas and continued to produce Collins-type handbags.  After 1970 the bags are marked with a ‘C’ or ‘Collins of Texas’.

In the late 60’s, Collins manufactured do-it-yourself kits called Sophistikit.  These bags are not quite as authentic as the original Enid Collins bags with the signature, but, if you like the style, that won’t be a huge issue.  I believe this would have been one of those bags that started life as a kit. The bottom of the purse is wood.

Enid Collins began the company in Texax in 1959 where she procuded wooden box and canvas bucket styles of purses.  Most had brass fasteners and findings, mirrors, paint, faux jewels, rhinestones, sequins and more.  The handles and trims were made of leather and the designs on the purses were always glitzy with lots of bling.

Collectors usually prefer the original ones made before Tandy Leather took over the company.

Also, the purses made from kits are not as desirable as the originals and the price would reflect that. The ones made from kits do not have a designer signature on them.

priced at $45 and will be available in my booth at the A lmonte Antique Market, 26 MIll Street, Almonte ON.

Please note this item is now SOLD!!



Lily Bet Mid 20th Century Box Style Purse

29 Aug




Purse has original label inside which says ‘designed by Lily-Bet, Filbert Imports of the Palm Beaches’. Probably from the mid 20th century as these styles of purses were quite fashionable at that time.

The interior is nicely done in a paisley material and the lid has an oval mirror on the inside surrounded by gold coloured braid.  The handle is made of amber coloured lucite and brass coloured fittings.  The exterior is covered in a light gray vinyl, decorated with embroidered roses and butterflies which appear to be glued to the surface and then touches of gold painted leaves surround the flowers.   Overall the purse is in nice clean condition.

The purse is about 8″ in length and 4″ in depth and almost 5″ high.

Please note this item is no longer available. Thank you.


Orrefors Crystal Raspberry Votive Candle Holders

26 Mar


These are heavy crystal candle holders made by Orrefors, Sweden.  The pattern is called Raspberry because of the bubble like surface.  Orrefors has been in business since 1898.

According to the Orrefors website: The popular Raspberry series was created in the beginning of the nineties and has become one of the great Orrefors classics. The rounded lobes of the raspberry give the crystal a soft, graceful feel.

These still have their original stickers on them.

For sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $ $25 for the pair.

Vintage Fabulous Beatles Jewellery Brooch, John Lennon on Guitar, 1964

13 Feb


Nice estate find just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 7th 1964.  I hate to admit this because it dates me too, but I remember seeing this show back then. I was a very young teenager.  This plastic brooch is titled “The Fabulous Beatles Jewellery Brooch” and depicts John Lennon on the guitar. This dates to 1964 at the peak of the ‘British Invasion’.  The brooch is attached to a cardboard backing that has copies of all four Beatles signatures. The brooch is 4″ long.

Please note: This has now been SOLD!!

Vintage Beaded Purse, Ca. 1950’s, Hong Kong

19 Jan


Made in Hong Kong, probably mid 50’s to early 60’s.   Just the right size to fit your lipstick and kleenex.  In nice condition with all beads intact. Brass coloured closure and serpentine style chain handle.

For sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $ 15.00

Vintage Coco Chanel Striped Yellow and Clear Vinyl Purse

7 Dec


Vintage Coco Chanel yellow vinyl and clear vinyl striped purse.  The shoulder strap has some wear along the edges.  This may be a reproduction, but I don’t know for sure.  It is still a very nice example and would be great for toting things to the beach in the summer.

Will be for sale eventually at my booth in Almonte ON, at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street.

Please note this purse is now SOLD!!