LOCAL FINDS

I love shopping at local stores in Ottawa-Gatineau because there are a lot of good finds in our city! I also love thrifting and antique hunting around town.

Here are some of the best spots I’ve found so far:

Fashion:

RoadTrip – located in the heart of the Byward Market; I always have to stop in here when I’m downtown! They also run a great Instagram page {@roadtrip_and_trustfund} that shows off the newest arrivals so you can know when to pop in! Everything I’ve bought here has lasted me for years!

FrouFrou – located on York Street in the Byward Market – this has been a favourite of mine since my early teen days. My mom brought me here from a young age and each time my mind was always in awe of what fashion could be. This is your spot if you want statement pieces or colourful pieces. Their shoe and purse collection is beyond! Back in the day it used to be attached to SassyBead Company so it was the perfect spot for my mom & I – She would shop, and I would pick out new beads at Sassy Bead.

Apple Saddlery– for all things Birkenstock, Blundstone & cowboy boots! Fast Fact: this store has been around Ottawa since 1972!

Boutique Le Local (Gatineau) – absolutely love their jewelry & fashion here!

Thrift/Antique Shops:

PRELOVED Ottawa – Minimalist & Sustainable fashion! Not your ordinary consignment shop. Follow them on Instagram @prelovedottawa to see the new finds.

Rickochet Resale –  A consignment shop that carries luxury & designer brands for discounted prices. I’ve had good success overall at this store, but like any consignment shop it is hit or miss. You have to have the mindset that you’re going on a treasure hunt when you go thrifting!

Ottawa Antique Market – My heart does a happy dance when I walk through the doors of this place! When I first got my license my girlfriends and I would drive to Bank Street from the country just to go here, and it would feel like time stopped! I’ve found some of my favourite items here over the years.

Crazy Carls Antiques / Dave’s Oddities – We stumbled upon this wacky-amazing-hole-in-the-wall shop one day after enjoying some delicious treats at Holland’s Cake & Shake {RIP}… The things in here – oh the things!!! You need a solid 30 minutes or more to get through it but he literally has one of the best vinyl record collections in Ottawa! Not only that, but my mom found the Walt Disney World glass I had when I was a toddler and all the nostalgia came rushing back!

Househould Items:

Habitude Design (Gatineau) – Habitude is a showcase store for Canadian designers so you can really find some amazing gems in this place. They have a wide variety of items in the store, but mainly household items. They have an amazingly cute baby section in their shop as well!

Zone – an amazing home store! The Zone was founded and started in Quebec but we’re lucky enough to have a store here in Ottawa on Sussex Drive! This store is beautiful! And a great place to pick up housewarming or hosting gifts. Also a lovely space to get inspiration and pick up a new piece to add to your own kitchen and dining collection!

Places for great gifts:

Maker House Co – Westboro
We have bought a wide variety of things here such as:
North Standard Toquehttps://makerhouse.com/products/north-standard-snowfall-toque
Leather Strap Wine Rack by Grains of Truthhttps://makerhouse.com/products/leather-strap-wine-rack
VersaTile Design Coastershttps://makerhouse.com/collections/coasters/products/buddy-elf-coasters

To get custom VersaTile coasters made, visit VersaTile directly here.
I LOVE these coasters for any gift. They are personalized and SO special to give. I think at this point all my friends have coasters with their faces on them. My parents have them at their home and in their offices! They’re honestly just such a timeless gift!

Another local company that can provide you with great laughs is Adulting For The Win.
I’ve been in love with the keychains since they launched and bought them for some of my BFF’s to put a smile on their face – it worked! 🙂

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These are a few of my favourite local places around town, let me know where you shop in Ottawa! I LOVE supporting local businesses! XO!

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