I know I’m not the only one to blog about the Aberfoyle flea market and I’m sure most people living in southern Ontario have been there or at least heard of it. But it’s still worth a mention here on my blog because it is a regular haunt of mine and it is the biggest and the best outdoor antique market we have in Ontario.
This market near Guelph is open Sundays from May to October and boasts approximately 120 permanent and temporary vendors on a 20 acre field in cabins, barns and tents. There is a ton of free parking and admission is $2 per adult. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Word of warning: This patch of land is the coldest place in southern Ontario on spring and fall mornings. So if you think you can get away with a jacket, you’re wrong, go put on a parka. (You’ll thank me.)
The market is very well attended and has a feeling of vitality and growth, (unlike other venues that unfortunately can often have a feel of slow, steady decay and desparation).
The amenities here are great too. There is an indoor snack bar and an outdoor barbeque hut with open air seating. There are 2 small play parks for the kids and washroom facilities with flush toilets (bonus!)
It goes without saying that, with so many vendors, there is something for everyone at this market. Prices range from dirt cheap to moderate, but no one is out of line on their prices. I find the vendors here are interested in moving their stuff as opposed to hanging onto items like they are museum pieces as often happens in antique malls.
I thought I’d share a photo of this higher ticket piece of furniture I saw here because it is so freaking beautiful! Imagine the impact it would have in a restaurant, a shop, or a grand home, amazing. The price was around $4500 I believe.
The best part of this market for my 5 year old son are the boxes of toys put out by one of the vendors with a sign reading “Free Toys. One per child.”What’s not to love about a flea market like this?
Visit www.aberfoyle-antiques.com for specific details.
57 Brock Rd. South (RR#3)
Open Sundays 8:00 and 4:00pm from the last Sunday in April
to the last Sunday in October.