Cottage-country Hot Spot: The Treasure Shop

We’ve just returned from a twelve-day summer stay at the cottage. We had a fantastic time, although I will say that I noticed a few differences being on holiday with a baby. Not quite as much hammock time as in previous years! However, we of course made time for poking around the antique shops and flea markets that I love, including a new favourite, The Treasure Shop in Westport, Ont.

The Treasure Shop contains the personal collection of owner Denise Doucet. A former Montreal banker, Denise retired to Westport a few years ago with her husband, and together they run the antique shop and an adjoining B&B, A Victorian Reflection. A lifelong collector, Denise has gathered collectables from all over the world: A silver thimble found on a recent trip to France, moulds for ships purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show, juice glasses from country flea markets. I could literally have spent hours in her shop poking around the wares, chatting with her about where things came from and what they were used for. Definitely worth a stop if you are in Westport.

A colourful collection of McCoy pottery

I've been thinking about starting an enamelware collection...

Shelves of vintage tins

In honour of Will and Kate's visit I had to include this one...

My mom would love these sets of juice glasses. Lemonade anyone?

This pottery reminded me of Maggie Algie's collection. Mags, you must get to this shop!

Beautiful old radios

Anyone know what this is? Denise told me that it would have once housed an attachment for a sewing machine. It was beautifully made and fanned out to lay flat.

These are the moulds used for ships that Denise found at Brimfield.

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