My Vintage Retreat

Dainty, elegant, and unique. These are the words that come to mind when we think of My Vintage Retreat. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, My Vintage Retreat is all Canadian and specializes in handmade dish jewellery, with a distinct vintage aesthetic.

What makes them stand out? It has to be the repurposing of unused goods into functional treasures. Each unusable dish or material, whether it be cracked, chipped, or unusable in another way, is hand cut and shaped to create a one of a kind piece, always!

We are kind of in love with this stuff! And there are some of these pieces in the shop if you need to get your hands on one.

Here are some of our favourites…


Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with Canadian-Made Gifts

Shop locally at our store for Canadian-made items to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary  and check out some fabulous gift ideas for yourself or someone special. We are proud to feature, support and stock unusual and interesting items from a variety of Canadian artists from coast to coast.

Two artists that we carry (dconstruct and Atelier Trema) are both featured on page 36 of Canadian Living‘s Canada 150 issue of July 2017.


dconstruct designs and manufactures unique, eco-friendly jewelry with recycled resin; all with a minimum of 40% pre-consumer recycled material. We carry dconstruct ecoresin bracelets and earrings, not their concrete pieces.
dconstruct ecoresin bracelets

Atelier Trema

Marie-Joël Turgeon of Atelier Trema creates decorative pieces inspired by the american east coast. We carry Atelier Trema’s pottery pears, not the buoys.

Atelier Trema pottery pears

We have plenty of other top picks for Canadian gift items like those shown in the pictures and images listed below to intrigue, delight and help make your gift giving a success for anyone on your shopping list!
And remember when something in our store catches your eye, add it to our Wish List and have your gift giver(s) ask us about our wish list when they come into the store. We’ll let them know the special something you are hoping-dreaming-longing for, so they can surprise you with an item you selected.

Eleanor & I

These lovely hand-made crocheted dolls are a nice squishy for a child to hold. Made by a local artist in Wortley Village of London, Ontario.

Gifts for Men

We have plenty of gift ideas for men for occasions throughout the year, including the upcoming Fathers Day, such as: beer glasses by Artech (very Canadiana), wall art by Gordon Hare, cedar wood carvings by Kimberley Francis, shave kits and soap by Wild Prairie Soap Company, wood coasters and boxes by Driftwood Studio, iPhone cases by Cedar Mountain, etc.

Gifts for Women

We carry a carefully curated collection of up-and-coming ladies wear from Canadian clothing designers, stunning jewellery, stylish accessories, 100% natural bath and body products, luxurious eco-soy naturally fragranced and many, many more Canadian goods just for women.

Gifts for Teachers

The end of school is right around the corner, so stop in to find a gift to show your appreciation for a teacher’s dedication this past school year. The two cuffs in the picture have the quote on the inside noted below partly inspired by the quote “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” by Henry B Adams.

Bracelet Quote: “A teacher affects eternity. You can never tell where the influence stops. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”


Click here for local celebrations London, Ontario’s chapter of Canada 150.

What’s New for Spring 2017

Are you looking for something new to spruce up your wardrobe this Spring?

Shed your winter blues and get into the spirit of Spring by checking out the newest fashions in our store. We’ve added to current collections, and expanded our selections with items from new and former suppliers.

New Arrivals to Our Store

Brenda Beddome Designs – Clothing

We now carry flexible, stylish and Canadian-made pants and dresses by Canadian clothing designer Brenda Beddome of Toronto, Ontario.

Brenda Beddome is my go to for every occasion! The comfort is what I love the most… I can look stylish all day and not have to change my clothes when I want to put my feet up at night! The bra comes off and the Brenda Beddome clothes stay on!” – Monica

Christina Tischler  – Jewelry

Handcrafted cuffs by local artist Christina Tischler are back!

Cré-Art – Jewelry

Cré-Art bracelets are unique, authentic and colorful. Each piece is made from cut, overlapped glass the fused by heat in a specialized oven, and the artist also creates pewter part designs.

Le Galeriste – Dresses

If you like prints of original art then you will love these beautiful premium dresses by Le Galieriste, a clothing brand from Montreal. Two of the dresses are reversible.

Pursuits Canada – Jewelry

Check out the sleekness of form & shapes of Pursuit designer necklaces.

Tonia DeBellis – Coats

Tonia DeBellis is from London, Ontario but now lives in Toronto. These coats are great for spring but will take you through fall as well.

Additions to Current Collections

A Slice of the North – Necklaces

These unique, made in Canada-of Canada mini works of Art are conceived and created by Wendy Stanwick using the natural materials found in and around the tiny town of Matachewan, Ontario.

Dinh Bá – Dresses

We’ve added three new designs from the Dinh bá Spring Summer collection to our selection for the “confident, modern woman who isn’t afraid to assert her style.” These pieces are great for travelling!

Moth Jewelry – Bracelets

Like a moth to the flame, these waxed linen treasures by never fail to spark and inspire! Leslie Howchin creates jewelry like these bracelets inspired by the serenity of her surroundings in a Muskoka cabin.

Miik Trunk, Show & Save the Tax Sale – March 30, 2017

Looking for an afternoon/evening of fun and fashion with your female friends, relatives, and colleagues? 

Join us Thursday, March 30 between 3pm and 8pm to see Miik’s spring/summer line* of ethical, eco-friendly garments designed and made in Toronto, Canada.

Fashion Consultants, Sally and Brianne, from Sally Adams Agency representing the Miik Line will be on site to answer questions and help you choose your best look!

Miik garments challenge the fast-fashion model of temporary, disposable clothing with timeless yet contemporary pieces made from sustainably-sourced fabrics.

For those of you who love or who have yet to discover Miik, we are gifting THE TAX on your Miik purchases between 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come early for the best selection.

Canadian refreshments and snacks will also be available for you to enjoy while you mingle and shop.

Please RSVP by March 27, 2017 via walk-in, call 519-432-0434, email, or in the contact form below.

Contest: Win a MYKA Bracelet for Valentine’s Day


The winner of our Valentines contest is Cate Abbott. Cate will have her choice of the Myka crystal rock light or crystal rock dark bracelet. See you tomorrow Cate, Congrats!

And THANKS again to all who entered. We appreciate the excitement everyone generated while participating.


Our Valentine’s Day contest is now closed. THANKS to everyone that entered. We will be in contact with the winning entrant shortly to arrange the pick up their prize for tomorrow, and announce the winner shortly. Good luck!

As a reminder, our 40% off MYKA sale ends tomorrow so stop in for your last minute Valentine’s shopping at our retail store between 10am and 5:30pm either today or tomorrow.

Valentine’s Day is less than ONE week away! Now is your chance to enter to WIN one lovely MYKA bracelet in a dark or light crystal rock version as shown in photo below (valued at $185) for you or someone special.

Win a MYKA Bracelet for Valentine's Day

How to Enter

1…in our retail store at 174 1/2 Wortley Road, London, Ontario

  • Write your contact information on a ballot form by the cash register for one entry.

Contest Ballots in Curiosities Gift Shop

2…on our website

  • Fill out the ballot form below or leave a COMMENT on this post about why you’d like to win this bracelet for one entry.

3…on Facebook

4…on Pinterest

  • PIN your favourite jewellery piece(s) from Myka Designs’ website or Pinterest account to a new pinboard called “MYKA Designs at Curiosities GS” on your Pinterest account. Post the URL link from your new board in the comments to this blog post for one entry.

5…on Instagram

* This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with FacebookPinterest, or Instagram.

* Sharing or pinning contest posts, or making a purchase does not enhance a person’s chance of winning.


Each contestant has a chance of up to a maximum of five (5) entries.

All entries must be made by midnight on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

By entering, entrants confirm they are 16+ years of age, release Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram of responsibility, and agree to the terms of use for Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

One winner will be randomly selected and announced by end of day on Monday, February 13, 2017.

The winner must pick up their prize at our store by no later than 5pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

The winner may choose either one dark or light Swarovski crystal bracelet in style shown of featured photo.

Prize must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions will be allowed.

ENTER NOW for your chance TO WIN until FEBRUARY 12th, 2017. Best of luck!!

Stop in to Shop: MYKA 40% OFF Sale

Visit our store in Wortley Village before Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, February 14, 2017) to receive 40% OFF your purchase of any MYKA Designs jewelry from our display. Choose from a selection of bracelets, earrings, detachable pendants, necklaces and chains. While quantities last. Mix and match to fit your style or the style of someone you love for a Happy Valentine’s Day!

40% off MYKA jewelery for Valentine's Day

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