Top 5 Places to Go Antiquing Outside of Halton
Now that fall is creeping closer and the weather is improving (kinda/sorta), you might be thinking about taking a trip to a quaint and picturesque destination with unique shopping opportunities.
At least that's what I'm thinking about doing.
Perhaps you're looking for a vintage vase to display tulips, an old chest to store video games and dusty DVDs or some distinctly old school fixtures that will give your modern home a little pop of history. Maybe you also wouldn't mind grabbing a charmingly ancient camera or ’70s turntable (you discerning hipster, you!).
Regardless of what you're looking for, a day antiquing is never a day wasted.
Here are five places to hit this summer (in no particular order).
Located on King Street North beside the famed farmers’ market of the same name, the St. Jacob's-based antique market offers 22,000 square feet of space and about 110 vendors. According to the store's website, the popular shop has been voted the best antique store in Southwestern Ontario for six years running. Another perk? If you like something you can't take home that day, you can have it delivered!
If you're looking for estate, vintage or modern jewellery, you might want to check out this well-known shop on King Street West in Toronto. Cynthia Findlay's shop has been a go-to destination for antique and estate jewellery buyers since 1978 and it offers vintage engagement rings, fine antiques, custom design jewellery, sterling silver, flatware, art glass, art pottery, fine porcelain and collectibles. The antiques come from Europe, Canada, Japan and China and the shop specializes in Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro and Mid-Century Modern period pieces.
Located south of Guelph, the Aberfoyle Antique Market is Canada's largest outdoor antiques market and it's been serving treasure hunters for over 55 years. According to the market's website, it typically offers over a hundred dealers selling everything from collectibles to folk art to furniture. The shop's Saturday Special Show also welcomes an additional 90+ dealers, so you'll get to enjoy a little more selection should you choose to take a weekend day trip. There's also a restaurant on site that offers an indoor lounge and outdoor patio. The market closes for the winter, so be sure to see it during the warmer months.
This Cambridge gem (which is moving soon) is Canada's largest antique centre, boasting over 30,000 square feet of floor space and over 125 dealers. The shop offers shoppers a plethora of products, including furniture, china, ephemera, glass, lighting, toys, automobilia, art, clocks, radios and more. It's open all year round (except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day) and is currently housed in a mid-1800s building. The store will soon be moving to the other side of the Historic Grand River to 73 Water St. N. The move is slated for June, but operators say the shop will remain open throughout the transition.
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Located in nearby Caledon, this local market has been serving shoppers since 1993 and boasts multiple dealers offering a wide range of vintage products. The market offers a wide range of furniture (country, formal, painted, etc), china, glass, lighting, art, books, architectural pieces and more. Easy enough to get to, as it's just on Hurontario, we mostly hope the grumpy kitty in the photo below is there to greet you before you purchase a slew of vintage goods for your home.