If you are from the Ottawa Valley you have certainly heard of Rideau Antiques. Even if you are not from the area you may have heard rumblings of an Antique store that is filled to the rafters with antiques. Rideau Antiques is a family run business and has been around for over 50 years. Pulling up to the antiques store for the first time in over 20 years my mom said “It looks the same… but with more stuff! I did not think it was possible!”. A little excited and a lot overwhelmed we trudged forward to the entrance!
The surrounding property of Rideau Antiques is FILLED with goodies as well . I found a stash of bottles, mason jars and jugs that made me a little giddy. I collect old pop bottles so I immediately spotted some treasures. I left them behind though, as I knew I would need my hands clear to fully enjoy shopping INSIDE the store. Besides, I can always come back later for them.
I can sorta see the front entrance now but there is so much to see before I get there!
I have a pop bottle collection and it would be easy to add many to my collection. The bottles and jars available are of every era, brand, size and colour. Did I mention there were bottles and jars galore!?
Eventually I made it to the front entrance! Only to discover that there was even more to see!
I loved the windows lined up along the outside wall of the house. All reasonable priced and I was imagining spots for these beauties in my home… but I still wanted to keep my hands free for shopping inside!
Looking for an egg cup? How about a gravy boat? You can have your pick at Rideau Antiques. Half the fun is the hunt! I would hate to see what happens if you meet someone and need to pass each other in this aisle.
Overwhelmed!? We were. Once you get acclimatized to the store you start to notice that everything is organized, neat, clean and the owners know where everything is. Amazing right? Here is the amazing (to me) part. Mom found what she was looking for, brass wheels for an antique bed she is refinishing. I, on the other hand, found something I was not looking for. It was sitting on top of a shelf, eye level on a turn in the store. I knew I had to have it! A snuff-box. Not just any snuff-box… a match to one of my late mother-in-laws. It instantly brought a smile to my face and it felt like she stopped in to say “Hello”. I now have a set — one for each daughter. The top one is the found treasure and the bottom one belonged to mother-in-law.
How cool is that find!? I never in a million years thought I would find a matching snuff-box let alone on this visit. If you are ever in the area, don’t be afraid, stop in and shop a while. You just never know what you will find OR what will find you.
Connect with Rideau Antiques:
Shop Hours – Year Round
Monday to Saturday – 9:00am – 6:00pm
R.R. 1 Lombardy, Ontario, Canada K0G 1L0
Approximately 2 minutes off Highway 15 on Rideau Ferry Rd.