Downtown Hamilton Shops

There are tons of small shops in downtown Hamilton that are worth visiting, but my favourite, by far, is Mixed Media on James North. It’s full of Art prints and back issues of Bust magazine, and books by Beci Orpin and other designers. The prices are reasonable and there’s always something interesting to look at, in the realm of media.

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James North is Art central in Hamilton, and hosts monthly Art crawls, plus the Super Crawl. Little galleries and Artsy shops line the street and I’m not going to go in detail on them all. My other favourite though, is the White Elephant. It’s just so pretty inside. Admittedly, this time I noticed it was more expensive and only had jewellery and clothing. It use to have paper crafts – masks, magazines, that sort of thing. white elephant 02 white elephant 03

white elephant

I guess the point is, the sellers are independent and very talented. I loved the jewellery, and it really wasn’t over-priced, I just couldn’t afford it.

We always spend time on King Street as well… down around Catherine Street. I’ve blogged about it before, but I’ll post new photos.

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Cheapies music store

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Out of the past

And finally, Ottawa Street. Ottawa Street is actually the fabric district, as is demonstrated by not only the many fabric shops but also the street signs that look like buttons and a giant needle and thread. Mixed among the fabric shops, are antique stores, some of them pretty high end. I like the junkier places though. Steeltown Pickers isn’t junkier, it’s really nice, but more affordable.

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Apparently these are my only photos from that shop.

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I don’t remember the name of this place and I can’t find it on google. I think it was Aunt Tilly’s Trunk or something. There’s place called Molly’s Back Porch, that might be it… only I thought for sure there was the word “aunt” in it. Anyway, it’s a small shop, just a room really, but very visually interesting (as you can see).

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I love this costume shop too. It’s either really tiny or just really crammed full of costumes though, so there’s not really room to move around or look at things at leisure… be prepared for awkwardness (if that kind of thing makes you feel awkward).

At last but not least, and I’ve blogged about it before, Antique Avenue. I still really love looking around the store. There is just so much to see and it’s all so quirky and interesting. That being said, it’s also gotten more expensive. I still go though, because they’ve had old Dunnville photographs twice now and in my price range! Also, I’m NOT into taxidermy animals. This store has a huge collection of them. They never use to, so I guess it’s a newer addition. antique alley 01 antique alley 02 antique alley 03 antique alley 04 antique alley 05 antique alley 06 antique alley 07 antique alley 08 antique alley 10


Author: alovelylittleworld

I am Charity Emmanuelle Blaine, a lifestyle photographer from Dunnville and Hamilton, Ontario. I see beauty in everything and capture the precious moments that define our lives. I look for those universal seconds that we all, as humans, understand. I believe in love and whimsy, day dreams, hope and human compassion. Those are the things that will always be present in my work. I studied photography at Niagara College, but I have a background in research, History and elementary school teaching. I occasionally still shoot film and I collect post cards, Indie Art and Music and vinyl toys. I love the Walking Dead and Parks and Recreation.

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