I had one day in Ottawa. Not even a full day at that. I had visited Parliament, the Rideau Centre and the National Art Gallery years ago, and was thinking of something different for this trip.
Enter the team at Ford Ottawa, who offered me wheels for my trip. They hooked me up with a Ford Fusion, a hybrid electric car. This new Ford Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, each with expected top fuel economy. The active park assist was my favourite feature (of the ones I figured out how to use during my weekend with the car).
My earth-friendly ride inspired me to spend my day shopping in Ottawa’s top consignment stores in the posh Westboro neighbourhood.
It took me five minutes (and help from a staff member) to figure out how to turn it on. Once that hurdle was overcome the car was a dream to drive!)
I used to own a children’s consignment store and networked with many women’s consignment store owners, so I have very high standards when it comes to resale shops. The three boutiques I visited did not disapoint.
My first stop was Rikochet Resale, 3777 Strandherd Drive. They offer the option to consign or buy your items outright, and have an edgy, trendy feel that I loved. Their staff was friendly and helped me find an adorable pair of heels. I liked their hip style, and the store was well organized and beautifully accessorized.
On a tip from @MaxineRosalie I visited AMH Style a few blocks down. This boutique consignment store was indistinguishable from a high end boutique, except the staff were far more friendly than I’ve ever encountered in stores where the shelves and racks featured Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Michael Kors and other top labels. They carry a variety of brands from the department store labels (must be super stylish and in mint condition) to higher end lusty-worthy pieces. I ended up taking home a beautiful silk dress I was surprised to see was from Jacob, for only $20.
I love vintage, retro and throwback clothing and things, so when I spied a white Elvis suit in the window of a clothing store, I had to stop. Allegro Retro is a small store stocked with everything from 1940s dresses to current designers. I loved the records used as size dividers.
And because I’m also a thrift store shopper too, I had to stop at St. Vincent de Paul, a huge thrift shop not too far away. I scored a black Reitmans suit jacket for work for $5! Easily my favourite find of the day, though the shopping experience and selection was dramatically different than the stores mentioned above.
Do you shop resale stores when you travel? Where have you found your best finds?