The Aberfoyle Antiques market, located just outside of Guelph, has been open seasonally since 1961. 20 acres of lawn peppered with cabins, barns and stalls offer an idyllic setting for the great rummage. Twice a year, on May 11 and September 21, Aberfoyle opens up the back field to double the number of dealers.
The weather was rather more March-ish than May-time for my visit yesterday, but around noon the sun broke through, spirits rose and wallets came out. You won't be finding high end items at this market, but there are some nice deals on solid furniture as well as strange curiosities in among the Pyrex and Canadian primitives. Aberfoyle Antiques Market is open Sundays, April to September, 8am to 5pm.
Up next on the spring circuit: Christies Antique Show. If you're going to head to one show this year, make it this one. Christie Lake Conversation Area hosts the event on May 25 and the setting is as stunning as the volume of dealers is staggering. You'll find a more diverse selection of objects here than at Aberfoyle, as many of the vendors are coming from outside of Ontario. With many museum quality items on display, the looking can be as good as the shopping.