Almonte’s Vintage Wear 1,500 sq Feet of Vintage Clothing


Six miles outside of Carleton Place lies the biggest vintage store this side of Ottawa. Vintage Wear is ultimately the most reliable source of fantastic, one-of-a-kind finds in Lanark County. Vicki Racey houses an extensive collection of vintage clothing, accessories, nostalgia, curios and oddities. There’s a price point for every budget (from “change I dug up from the couch” to “brown-bagging it for a month, and I’m not even upset about it”). That perfect vintage outfit is there waiting for you – so begin your search at Vintage Vicki’s. Vintage Wear officially re-opened again on April 15 for what is planned to be a limited time only- six months.

Shop the massive collection of everything retro from the 1920s through to the 1980s . Almonte’s temple to all things secondhand takes up roughly 1,500 densely-packed square feet in a out of the way space near the Barley Mow restaurant. It’s like a treasure hunt to find her in the former Take Young People Seriously (TYPS) building at 65 Mill Street (look for the green door). Vintage clothing with excellent prices keep her customers coming back. Such a mishmash wouldn’t be complete with some retro home accessories, right? Vicki has a wonderful kitchen section that has things every retro home needs.

Did I mention the store is massive, because that’s important. It’s huge! Wearing vintage is not forsaking the timelessness of true style. Offbeat and finding the right item for everyone shines through in the store’s diverse, one-of-a-kind offerings. Take a drive to Almonte and come see Vicki. You won’t regret it!

Vintage Wear
65 Mill Street through the arch
613-858-6348 store
Vintagewear on Facebook
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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