Happy Hunting ~ Antique Alley

I haven’t done one of these posts in what seems like forever, I love to scour little and big antique stores, they inspire me. The next place in this “happy hunting” series is in the city I live in… so it’s really just a hop skip and a jump for me to get to, unlike the other places I tend to write about this one is actually accessible to me. πŸ˜€ Makes me happy.

Confession time, I’ve been a bad blogger… all of the photos you are about to see were taken in the winter! What!? Yes, I am hanging my head in shame.Β  Life happens and things have been very busy, BUT, hanging onto a good thing and introducing it to my readers now is not necessarily bad, it is summer (almost) and really the tourism and visitors to Kingston is just starting up in a big way. So, ya I planned it like this, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. πŸ˜‰

Antique Alley Entrance | Vin'yet Etc.

Antique Alley is located in downtown Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Their slogan is, “Kingston’s best kept secret.” I can see why they chose that slogan… the store with over 4000 square feet and a multitude of vendors is hidden… down an alley. On approach it does NOT reflect what you will find in there. Not even close, I remember stumbling onto it, I looked at their sidewalk sign and looked down the alley, should I go in? Of course I would, for those of you that know me at all, know I love digging around in tiny obscure places, you just never know what you will find. And in the very best places you will find not only antiques, vintage treasures or that elusive item you’ve been searching for… in the very best places you will find kindred spirits with personality galore and Antique Alley does not disappoint.

SidewalkSign | Vin'yet Etc.

The approach did not equal the entry, huge and filled with quality, one of a kind vintage and antique goodies, right at the moment I entered I was thinking… jackpot! My first visit there I killed my phone battery taking pictures, soooo much, too much for my little phone to handle. Okay, enough blabbing. πŸ˜‰ This is my second trip with my camera… hope you enjoy.

EntranceAntiqueAlley | Vin'yet Etc.

So many treasures… I spy with my little eye… wow, those vintage trophies, want!

KatesKloset Vintage Clothing | Vin'yet Etc. “Kate’s Vintage Kloset” is full of fun one of a kind items, things you just can’t find everyday, lots of pretty things to try on in the fitting rooms.

SeriousLady - daguerreotype| Vin'yet Etc.

This serious lady was probably from a very rich family…Β  daguerreotype photography was an early technique to capture direct positive images on a silver-coated copper. At this point in time it was typically the higher classthat could afford this. The colour you see in her cheeks is hand painted on… I was told that it is rare to see one of these in such pristine condition.

VintageSigns | Vin'yet Etc. Vintage signs everywhere… I was ooo-ing and ahhh-ing all over the place.Β  I go into a lot of antique stores, regardless of how many I have been in I still find it really hard to be “cool”, my excitement takes over, every. single. time.Β  I guess I just gotta learn to go with the flow and be me. πŸ˜‰

Antique and vintage books | Vin'yet Etc.

I think I have to go back for a day, just for this section… impressive!

Vintage Childs Plane | Vin'yet Etc.

This little treasure is so beautiful! A child’s vintage ride-in plane, I’m sure this could tell some stories, I just loved it! Do you think our 24 year old “baby” would like it? πŸ˜‰

CashRegister |Vin'yet Etc. What a beautiful ornate cash register, the digital ones today don’t even come close to this in craftsmanship.

TinCollage |Vin'yet Etc.

I adore old tins, no shortage at Antique Alley.

MedalsCollage | Vin'yet Etc.

Display cases… filled with medals, pocket watches, so many antique and vintage collectibles.

display case | Vin'yet Etc.

I could spend hours and hours exploring…

Pocket Watches | Vin'yet Etc.

Pocket watches… just wonderful!

CoffeeGrinder | Vin'yet Etc. They don’t make coffee grinders like they used to.

ButcherBlock | Vin'yet Etc.

Swoon, that butcher block is ahhhh-mazing!

Lighting Collage | Vin'yet Etc.

Beautiful lighting.

WholeSpaceCollage | Vin'yet Etc.

 

WhiteRadio | Vin'yet Etc.

One of my favourite things I saw on my visit, this little white radio… I didn’t buy it, maybe it’s still there?

The whole 4000 square feet is full of phenomenal finds… if you are ever in the Kingston, Ontario area you must go! If you can’t get to Kingston, you can follow them on Facebook, visit them virtually. I had a wonderful few hours there and am really looking forward to going back this summer to see all of the new pieces. Thanks for exploring with me… until next time.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Trisha D. June 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Antique stores -sigh- they’re my favorite!! You found some mighty fine treasures there. That airplane is to DIE for!! And that radio, it’s soooo hard to walk away from such beauty!

    • Reply Laurie June 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Trisha, mine too… we might be some trouble if we ever got together! πŸ˜‰ Both things were VERY hard to walk away from… I think that’s why I love taking pictures so much, I get to have it forever!

  • Reply Anne@DesignDreams June 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    A day? You’d need at least a week in that place!!! How fabulous!!!

    • Reply Laurie June 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      HA, I so agree with you! I have to get back there soon! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Inspire Me Heather June 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Ooooh, how fun! We have a store just like that and I could (have) spent hours in there! Yours sure has some wonderful treasures, thanks for the tour.

    • Reply Laurie June 24, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      You are welcome Heather… I can’t wait to get to know it better! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Heather @ new house new home June 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    What a great market!! You would need a week to get through it all!

    • Reply Laurie June 24, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      I agree, a week and a bit… πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Kristen June 20, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I just love those signs, and the chandeliers. Swoon! I will have to make a trip out to Kingston some time. Thanks for sharing your finds!

    • Reply Laurie June 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      I’m really loving Kingston, learning all of the wonderful new places, this place is for sure road trip worthy!

  • Reply Maggie June 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I’m not an antique hunter by nature, but I love to investigate all things old. The delicate nature of how they put things together and the intricate details. Also, that white radio would so be mine. Next time I’m on my way to Montreal I’m stopping to have a look. Who am I kidding, I know I’d buy something.

    • Reply Laurie June 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      LOL, of course you should stop by… it’s an awesome place, not just antiques, lots of very cool vintage finds too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shauna June 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for the virtual tour! Those chandeliers are A-MA-ZING!

    • Reply Laurie June 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Aren’t they, Shauna! I loved them too!

  • Reply Sandra {simpleispretty.com} June 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Wow, some really great stuff is packed in there! I think my favorite has to be the white radio, too!

    • Reply Laurie June 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Ah that radio, I’m heading there tomorrow to see if it’s still there… fingers are crossed. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dani @ lifeovereasy June 21, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Hmmm… well I have a daughter who goes to school in Kingston. Maybe next time I visit her I can drag her antiquing with me! She’ll probably go along, as long as I buy her a decent meal πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie June 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Oh I bet she’d like to spend some quality time even if you didn’t “bribe” her. πŸ˜‰ I’ll have to let you know about my other spot too, haven’t written about it yet, it’s ahhhh-mazing too!

  • Reply Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... June 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I would love to be let loose in there… for an hour or two with a truck waiting outside!

    • Reply Laurie June 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      lol, I hear you, it’s so full of wonderful stuff, hour or two, x 74 hours… πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Shanice June 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Great post! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays πŸ˜€ Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  • Reply Our Family Inspired Home June 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Wow what a great find, nice store! I love the chandelier!

  • Reply Jeanette June 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I want to go shopping with you! Great shops. We had many antique stores in our area, but with the economy they all turned to thrift shops.

  • Reply Heather June 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Oooh-ahhhhh!!! I could get lost in there for days!! Love the chandies!! Thanks for sharing! Next time we head to K-town to visit or pick up our son at RMC we’ll have to pop in!

  • Reply Terri June 27, 2014 at 12:22 am

    so many wonderful things to be found in antique stores

  • Reply Tazim Damji June 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    That looks like my kind of store! I love seeing what vintage pieces you find when you post on Facebook!

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