Hats and Vintage Clothing at Chateau Laurier!

Erin Easterbrook


Hundreds of people browsed through the annual antique clothing sale at the Chateau Laurier recently, looking for bargains and unique fashion items from the 1900s to the 1970s.

The 25th vintage sale anniversary drew men and women of all ages, who picked-over the men’s and women’s clothing, jewellery, linens, and collectibles on offer from the 43 vendors.

“It’s busy this year. Very busy,” said three-year vintage sale participant Dawn Quinn, owner of Dawn’s Closet in Smiths Falls. “This year it seems as if they’ve maybe done some more advertising and gotten more people aware of the vintage show.”

Merchandise ranged from $50 fur coats to $300 Edwardian and Victorian hats.

“It’s hectic, it’s hot, and it’s stuffy,” said vintage shopper Marie-Camille Lalande. “But the drawbacks for me are what make it more interesting as well,” she added.

Ian Drummond, of Toronto, came up to sell his vintage merchandise again. He said he was amazed that most of his jewellery, shoes, hats, purses, and clothing had been picked-over by 3 in the afternoon.

He agreed that things seem busier this year.

“I’ve also noticed that there’s way more shoes and purses that they are selling this year than last year,” said Drummond.

Another vendor, who specializes in hats as old as 200 years, said she had had a good day.

“It’s been a good sale so far,” said Satin Doll owner and nine-year vintage sale participant Dee Staigh who specializes in restoring hats from the 19th and 20th centuries.

“It’s just a nice bunch of people who bring some really spectacular clothes and vintage accessories to the sale.”