The Way We Wore — Thrift Shopping from Almonte to the UK — Almonte


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This is a tale of two Vicki’s–One is Vicki Racey from Almonte, Ontario and the other is Victoria Norris from the UK. Vicki Racey owns one of the largest vintage stores around in the heart of Almonte called Vintagewear. You will also see a few of her live mannequin models at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum place precariously among the exhibits after the tea at Ladies Who Lunch June 6th in Carleton Place. Victoria Norris lives in Ely, England and is one of our contributors to the Tales of Carleton Place.

I give you Vicki Racey



Light the corners of my mind


Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were

(furniture by Dave Goodings)


Scattered pictures,
Of the smiles we left behind

(lamps by Dave Goodings)


Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were


Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?


If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? Could we?


If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? Could we?


We simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter


We will remember
Whenever we remember…


The way we were…


The way we were… There is still ice cream… but in memory of Petersen’s Ice Cream where many a wonderful summer night visit was spent.

Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
Bob Dylan


No Union Jack here but this is my very favourite picture of Vicki— as it show the love and passion she has for the things that we once wore.

The UK Blog


63 Mill Street – on the way to the Barley Mow through the arches- look for the green door
Almonte, Ontario

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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