Is it time for another day trip? Why not experience something new with an old twist? Let’s go treasure hunting at Canada’s largest outdoor antique market. The Aberfoyle Antique Market is less than one hour from Toronto and is open Sundays from spring until fall.

Here’s everything you need to know before you go to the Aberfoyle Antique flea market in 2023.

Who goes to Aberfoyle Antique Market?

glass objects on table in Antique Market

Whether you are a regular or a one-time visitor we all share the same common goal – to find something special. It’s the thrill of the hunt, isn’t it? Whether it’s a unique statement piece or a bit of nostalgia from our past.

Since 1961, the Aberfoyle Antique Market has been welcoming the:

  • young and hip looking for something that’s different to stay ahead of the trend,
  • sharp-eyed collector on the hunt for their next treasure, 
  • a savvy designer who always finds creative inspiration in those diamond-in-the-rough items, or
  • day tripper, like me, who just loves to experience new places. 

The Aberfoyle Antique Dealers

Each dealer prides itself on tapping into private sources from estate sales and out-of-the-way auctions to find the best items.

Aberfoyle antiques include a wide variety of high-quality pieces. From vintage jewelry to antiquarian books, from fine art to architectural salvage, and from collectible ceramics to lighting.

It’s bursting with the eclectic, including valuable antiques and sought-after vintage.

7 Tips for treasure hunting at the Aberfoyle Market

  1. Bring Cash. Most vendors are not set up with electronic payment options. Make sure you take out more cash than you think you’ll need, but there is an ATM on site. 
  2. Do a Walk About. Start by doing a quick scan of the antiques, and making a mental note of the vendors that interest you. Take a quick photo on your phone of the vendors you want to return to. 
  3. Ask Questions. Vendors at the Aberfoyle market are great resources and love to offer any information they have. Ask… Where did it come from? Does it have a story attached? Are there any tips for restoration or conservation? 
  4. Pace Yourself. There is a lot of ground to cover and you don’t want to experience sensory overload too quickly. Take a break. Grab something to eat at one of the food vendors at the Aberfoyle antique show.
  5. Keep an Open Mind. Bring a running list of items you might be looking for, without setting your intention on a specific item because chances are you’ll never find it. Dig deep, a lot of vendors at the Aberfoyle antique show have piles of treasures just waiting to be discovered. 
  6. Negotiate Price. Simply ask “What is your best price”. Or, think of the price you would pay, then offer a bit less. Chances are vendors will meet you in the middle. 
  7. Love it? Don’t Leave it. If you find the perfect item, don’t wait, buy it. Chances are it might not be there when you return. 

FAQ

antique signed with the word antiques at aberfoyle antique market

Where is the Aberfoyle Antique Market?

The Aberfoyle Antique Market is located in the small town of Aberfoyle Ontario. It’s 3km from Guelph, which is about 45 minutes west of Toronto.

What is the address of the Aberfoyle Antique Market?

The address of the Aberfoyle Antique Market is 57 Brock Road South, Puslinch (Guelph), Ontario.

What are the Aberfoyle Antique Market hours?

The Aberfoyle Antique Market is only open on Sundays starting April 30, 2023, until October 29, 2023.

How big is the Aberfoyle market?

The Aberfoyle market on Sundays from April to October features over 100 of the best antique dealers, with an additional 30+ guest dealers.

blue glass at outdoor antique market in aberfoyle

What are the 2023 dates for the Saturday Special Show?

The Saturday Special show dates for 2023 are: Spring Saturday Special is May 13, 2023, and the Fall Saturday Special is September 23, 2023.

What’s different about the Saturday Special Show?

The two Saturday Special Shows, one summer and one fall add an additional 90+ guest dealers to the regular Sunday market.

How much does it cost to go to Aberfoyle Market?

The regular Sunday market costs $5/adult and parking is free. The Saturday Special Show costs $10/adult.

Are dogs allowed at Aberfoyle Market?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Aberfoyle Market on a short leash. There is a large green space by the parking lot for them to use before going to the market.

Ontario Day Trip Resources

If you enjoy Ontario day trips, check just some of these other articles that may be of interest.

  • Elora – a charming town full of art, eateries and boutique shops
  • Stratford – experience more than just the Stratford Festival
  • Niagara-on-the Lake – the pretty small town in heart of wine country
  • Jordan – a tiny village with great art, boutiques and restaurants
  • Bayfield – a cute beach town with some great shops
  • Caledon – a nature lovers’ destination with tiny hamlets
  • Norfolk County – an up-and-coming region that has lots of hidden gems
  • Creemore – a lively town with boutiques, eateries and its own craft brewery

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As a Holidaymaker

Adding a few vintage items to your home décor is very much on trend now. It adds a bit of interest and age to a space. Not to mention it saves items from going to the landfill.

So, why not plan your next weekend day trip to Aberfoyle Antique Market for a little treasure hunting? Your special item is just waiting to be discovered at this large outdoor flea market.

If you have any questions about anything in this article, you can reach me at renee@dream.plan.experience.com.

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