Monday, November 7, 2011

Chateau Laurier Vintage Sale

Yesterday, once again, lovers of vintage clothes, accessories and fabric made their annual pilgrimage to the Chateau Laurier for the Ottawa Vintage Sale. Held in three spectacular ballrooms, these beautifully appointed rooms add their ambiance to make visitors feel like they have taken a step back in time to an age of splendor and elegance.

Arriving for the 10:00 a.m. opening, I eagerly stepped into the first ballroom where I was greeted by this lovely lady who looked as though she was about to share a special secret with me.

Later on as I traveled among the vendors whose booths were buried at the back of the ballroom, I came across this mannequin whose disembodied head looked so realistic it was a little disturbing!

Time to move on to have a look at this lovely collection of ladies hats ...

and this line-up of sophisticated hats for men.

If hats are not your thing, there are plenty of other accessories to tempt you. Jewellery, footwear, belts, scarves ...

and of course, handbags and delicate purses of all descriptions.

Once you have bought all these irresistible items, there are no better places to keep them but in appropriately retro containers such as these charming hatboxes and mini trunk.

I didn't take photos of the clothes but there are racks and racks of them, from Victorian times to the '80s or '90s. If you missed this year's sale, mark your calendar for next November. It truly is an event for anyone who enjoys taking a trip back in time.

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