Is it time for another day trip? Why not experience something new with an old twist. That’s right, perhaps going treasure hunting at Canada’s largest outdoor antique market. The Aberfoyle Antique Market, less than an hour from Toronto, is open spring until fall. It features a Sunday exclusive market with over 100 of the best antique dealers, with an additional 30+ guest dealers.
Each dealer pride themselves in tapping into private sources from estate sales and out-of-the-way auctions to find the best items. You’ll find a wide variety of high quality pieces. From vintage jewellery to antiquarian books, from fine art to architectural salvage, and from collectible ceramics to lighting. It is bursting with the eclectic, including valuable antiques and sought-after vintage.
Who goes to Aberfoyle 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,
- 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.
What are some tips for treasure hunting?
Bring Cash. Almost all 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 a ATM on site.
Do a Walk About. Start by doing a quick scan, 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.
Ask Questions. Vendors are a great resource 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?
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.
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 have piles of treasures just waiting to be discovered.
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.
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.
Where is Aberfoyle?
Aberfoyle is just 3km from the city limits of Guelph, about 45 minutes west of Toronto. The address of the Aberfoyle Antique Market is 57 Brock Road South, Puslinch (Guelph), Ontario.
The market is also dog friendly! Just adjacent to the parking lot is a massive grassy area for them to run around to blow off some steam (or do their business) before going into the market.
When is it open?
The market is only open on Sundays, April until October, from 8am until 4pm. Visit their website for their annual opening and closing dates. There is a $5 admission fee, but parking is free.
The Aberfoyle Antique Market also features 2 Saturday Special Shows, one summer and one fall, each year. These special shows add an additional 90+ guest dealers. Aberfoyle Antique Market say they draw massive crowds, but are worth it. The cost for these 2 special shows is $10, again parking is free.
As a holidaymaker…
Adding a bit of 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 day trip to Aberfoyle Antique Market for a little treasure hunting. Your special item is just waiting to be discovered.