On a nice sunny Saturday morning in May 2016, a few of my photographer friends and I set out to visit Rideau Antiques nestled in a rural setting about a 10 minute drive Southwest of Smiths Falls and a short distance from Lombardy, Ontario. As we ventured onto the grounds it was clear, this was not your average antique store. It was truly a cornucopia of eclectic collections and treasures scattered throughout the outdoor and indoor property in a seemingly sense of order. Many items susceptible to rust in the outdoor areas had succumbed, a bit strange, leading me to believe the owners (the Miller’s) had more than a pecuniary interest with this enterprise. I’m sure they take pride in offering the visitors with a walk down memory lane, and for that, a big thank you! There were piles and rows of items; bottles, windows, sinks, wringer washer machines in tatters, hub caps, ladders, bicycles, shovels, and on, and on, and on.
There are a few buildings crammed inside with other interesting antiques and bric-a-brac. The narrow inside passageways have to be navigated cautiously, not such a bad idea as it slows you down to explore all the stuff displayed at various levels from floor to ceiling. It was a veritable hoarders paradise, not well lit insight, and definitely no room for a camera tripod… unless they’re stashed away in a pile somewhere among the other stuff. Across the road a few steps away is a large barn chock-full, again, with more chachkas.
All in all, it was an enjoyable outing for a few hours of photography among friends on a pleasant Spring day in May. I figure I’ll be back someday.
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View my Flickr Rideau Antiques album