One of the great things about summer is the open air antique markets that you get to visit for amazing bargains.
In my neck of the woods the oldest and best has to be, by far, the Aberfoyle Antique Market.
It has been up and running since 1961 and has over 100 dealers on 20 acres of land.
The bargains can be unbelievable but you do have to hunt for them.
Located about an hour west of Toronto and 90 minutes from Niagara Falls the Aberfoyle Market is very easy to get to off the 401.
There is plenty of parking and a $2 entrance fee for adults.
Open every Sunday from the last Sunday in April to and including, the last Sunday in October from 8am to 4pm rain or shine.
The dealers are set up both in booths and along the gravel walkways.
You will be spending most of your time outside so you need to dress for the weather.
The pathways are gravel so if you have any physical impediments you might find it tiring but since there is so much to see you can make a day of it.
There are both washrooms on site and food vendors. You could pack your own picnic and take a break back at your car as you can get your hand stamped for in and out access.
The variety of things here is wonderful. Everything from kitchy 50's nostalgic stuff to fine antiques. As with every antique venue the dealers are prepared to bargain, but you will find that the prices on many things very inexpensive.
Of the 100 vendors that are site about 80 of them are permanent while 20 of them rent an area for the day and might only be on site once or twice a season. Twice a year, in the spring and fall there are special antique show where there will be up to 150 dealers from all over.
Regularly there are specialty dealers in many items so if you have a specific collection that you are trying to complete you might just find it here.
Most of the dealers will only accept cash so be prepared to bring some money. There is an onsite ABM machine if you loose your heart to something that you didn't expect to buy.
While many of the dealers will offer delivery inquire before you buy and negotiate whether that is in the cost of the item or extra.
For more information visit their website Aberfoyle Antique Market.
The Aberfoyle Antique Market is a great place to spend a Sunday picking up deals.
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