The Rosamonds Would Love You to Come and Shop Vintage!



Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum where they are now selling vintage clothing.


Did you know the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum  now sells vintage clothes?

I don’t think I recall my Grandmother mentioning “vintage” when I grew up, and people used to wait for local church rummage sales to get cheaper clothing for their family. The first time I heard the word ‘vintage’ mentioned was in the late 60’s when I was working as a designer/seamstress for Le Chateau in Montreal.

All the cool people that wore the high-waisted gabardine pants and shag haircuts raved about the Salvation Army Thrift Store that was in an old stone building in Old Montreal. The first time I went there I was mesmerized by everything in it. After that, I began to add trips to army surplus stores for things that coordinated with my vintage finds.


Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum where they are now selling vintage clothing.


In the 70’s vintage began to evolve and some of the cool stores I went to in NYC like Reminiscence on MacDougal Street mixed surplus and vintage together to create unique fashion. There was such an upsurge in the vintage fashion trends that Caterine Milinaire and  Carol Troy  came out with the great book called Cheap Chic in 1975 that has become the Holy Grail of fashion.

When I opened my store Flash Cadilac in 1974, there were very few vintage stores in Ottawa except for Salvation Army, Ste. Vincent de Paul and Neighbourhood Services. Vintage fashion stores included: “Yes We Have No Bananas” on Elgin Street, Paddlin Maddlin’s, and my friend Catherine Landry’s ( now Ladies Who Lunch head honcho) shop’s “Ragtime” which evolved into her kitschy store “Pennies From Heaven.” Of course we can’t ever forget Vintage Vicki Racey from Almonte.


Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum where they are now selling vintage clothing.


In the 70s quest for good vintage finds in Canada were sparse and I used to go to Flushing, NY and buy 500 pound bales of silks. Needless to say Canadian customs would make us cut the compressed clothing bale open and I don’t think I have to tell you what a 500 compressed clothing bale looks like when it’s free. Many station wagon trips were made from Ogdensburg to Ottawa– but it was worth its weight in gold.

Personally I changed my shopping habits for fun frugal fashion a few years ago. I now support the thrift shops that don’t sell online,  and that don’t pick over their stuff, offer good value, and their charity alone profits from it. After all it is not the duration– it’s the donation.  The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is now selling vintage clothing. Open your hearts and come shopping Mississippi Valley Textile Museum— as it’s a win win situation for everyone. They have some fabulous stuff!



3 Rosamond Street East
Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0

Phone: (613) 256-3754


  • Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm

Museum Admission: $7.00 (no charge for shopping as it’s in the lobby:)
Members admitted without charge. Children under 12 are always free.




Did you know the Museum maintains a “pop up gift shop” called Bobbins, at Palms the Coffee Shop (78 Mill St., Almonte)? They’ve just updated the inventory with vintage purses and hats!


Related Reading:

Guess What I Found?–A Purchase from the Yard Goods Store

It’s Vintage Vicki Time!

Mad as a Hatter — Wearing Vintage Hats

Was Working in One of Our Local Mills Like Working in a Coal Mine?

Babies in the Textile Mills

Rosamonds – The One Carleton Place Let Get Away

The Rosamond Woolen Company’s Constipation Blues

Tears of a Home -The Archibald Rosamond House

The Exact Reason Rosamond Left Carleton Place

Adding to the Past- Morris Green from Almonte

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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