Sep 29

Beyond Sparks Street

In 1984, Ian Kimmerly opened his stamp store at 90 Sparks Street in Ottawa. With the exception of two years on Catherine Street near the Ottawa Bus Terminal, Ian has always remained on Sparks. But now that the store at 62 Sparks Street has closed, and Ian moves on to a new life in Victoria, BC, he nevertheless remains an active stamp dealer. This site is where you can continue to find the most up-to-date news about his activities and ventures.

IKSCoverFor the first week of October, Ian will complete the task of packing up material that is to be shipped west, and attending to a few other business details in town. The week of October 6th, Ian & Elizabeth will begin a leisurely drive across Canada to their new home.

Once established in Victoria, Ian expects to be a regular at stamp shows and clubs in the west, and to continue to purchase and sell material. This website will continue to host an internet store, and selected material will be sold on eBay and other internet avenues.

Ian continues as President of Sparks Auctions, which has moved to new premises at 1550 Carling Avenue, Suite 202, Ottawa. He expects to return to Ottawa for future auctions, and of course for ORAPEX in May.

With the luxury of time now that he no longer has the day-to-day distractions of running a retail store, Ian is looking forward to making regular posts to this blog as he did when it began in 2006. He will start off with some updates from the road as he and Elizabeth make their journey west.

Happy Stamping!
-Ian Kimmerly Stamps

PS: Local Ottawa stamp collectors will not have to wait long to find a new place to meet, add to their collections, purchase supplies, and continue to pursue their philatelic interests. Friend and colleague Chris Green’s new shop on Second Avenue at Bank Street will be opening on October 1st. See his website for more details. We wish Chris the best of luck!


Sep 26

September 26th, 2014

4j356Still a few more items have been added to our inventory in this the twilight of Ian Kimmerly Stamps’ days at 62 Sparks Street.  A significant amount of Falkland Islands material has been added.  Selected mint and used Canada stamps have been added as well.  In light of our imminent closing of the store, we have focused more energy on putting collections of stamps out for sale, many of which have not seen the light of day for years.  For the bargain hunters we have assembled dozens of box lots of varying prices chock-loaded with philatelic delights.

Sep 19

September 19th, 2014

4j161With the amount of material we have been diligently adding to our already generous inventory of quality stamps, one would not think that we were closing our doors for good in just eight short days.  Better used and mint Canada have been added.  The ever-popular area of British Commonwealth has been added to, most notably quality early Britain in both mint and used.  Stamps from the Pacific region have been added as well.

Sep 13

September 13th, 2014

4j62We are still adding plenty of stamps to our inventory.  Worthwhile Canada material, both mint and used is always being added.  British Empire and Commonwealth, very popular areas for us, have been added to extensively.  For these areas British Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand lead the way.  Mint and used stamps from France are also new to our inventory.  Many, many collections and accumulations are being added daily to our inventory which are making their way from either the back room or Ian’s office to the sales floor.  These have 4hC or 4jC numbers on them and are searchable on our website, although you will have to come see us to view them, because we have not done any scans to accompany them online.


Sep 05

Store Closing Update


Saturday, September 27th will be the last day we are open to customers. We don’t know how much we’ll have left by then, but drop by anyway if only to say goodbye.

Old Logo

Even as we get to the end of our lease at the end of September, we continue to add more collections to the web site. They are all great buys & can be found by searching 4hC & now 4jC in our web site search feature or by scrolling through the new listings section. Crystal has been busy adding Canada, Great Britain, some scarce used Djibouti & a nice assortment of world stamps to the web site.

Possibly our final printed flyer was mailed out four weeks ago. If you didn’t get a copy in the mail, please check it out using the Features link above.


The Dutch Auctions will be going on hiatus. Ian hopes to start them up again once he gets settled in Victoria.

However, the Dutch Auction lots already launched will continue to the end dates in the system. So if you haven’t taken a look yet, please do. The 130 lots ending September 14th. have had some spirited bidding already & a number have already been won.

Good luck & good hunting.

David has been busy adding mint Canada along with mint Great Britain to the red boxes. As well there lots of new collections up front, including many better ones that are in the showcases. We have had to add a second table up front to accommodate all the collections.

As we get closer to closing we are letting our stock of philatelic supplies sell down. However, if you don’t see what you need, we are still happy to order it in for you. Just see David, Stein or Crystal.

We are now offering used Manilla stock sheets at 25 cents each. Grab some before they’re all gone.

The gently used stock books & other used supplies have been selling well, so we’ve been busy filling up the section. Stop by & save some money. There is also more literature added to the front sale table.

As well, all the fixtures & fittings are for sale, so if there’s something you can use come & get it before it’s too late.


Sparks Auctions sale #15 is almost completely shipped, and moving is scheduled for September 22nd to the new location at 1550 Carling, Suite #202. You can learn more at the Sparks Auctions web site.

Happy stamping!

-Ian Kimmerly Stamps

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