We spent Sunday morning at the Aberfoyle Antique Market in Guelph. It’s my 2nd time venturing out to my old university stomping grounds for the market and I highly recommend a visit for anyone who hasn’t been. It’s a quick drive from Toronto but you’ll feel worlds away. The market is made up of several of cabin-like shops filled with tons of junk (old records, figurines, toys, tea cups, oil paintings, mirrors, etc.) but amidst the chaos of what could easily be mistaken for an episode of Hoarders, there are some great treasures to be found. Don’t get too excited about low prices though – these vendors know what’s up (for the most part) and don’t like to bargain. Most prices (albeit made up on the spot) are pretty firm and they can smell a city slicker from a mile away. “Oh, you want this quirky wire chair? $100, and that’s the lowest I’ll go” Next time I’m dressing like a farmer. I bet they’d sell me the same chair for $25. Here are some highlights from opening weekend:
- Amazing kilim rug / blanket. The colours are perfect.
- These chairs could live as is in the right space. They would also look amazing recovered in a maroon or teal velvet (I’d nix the arm rest coverings if the metal underneath was salvageable)
- May have bought this.
- May have bought this also. Why, you ask, do I need two amazing red marquee signs about drinking? Why not? The beer one may be going to a lucky client (whom I have yet to introduce on the blog!)
- Brass bed frame heaven (why are there never any slats to be found?)
- More massive letters from old signs. Check out the President’s Choice ‘P’!
- Wooden Crates – awesome (but a rip off)
- This lovely chair reupholstered in grey and cream plaid tucked away in a corner with a fiddle leaf fig tree and a sheep skin rug. That is all.
Where do you like to shop for unique decor items around Toronto?
Queen West is another favourite!