Ever since I can remember, my absolute favourite way to spend my day is antiquing. I’ve been all over Ontario and have found some really great places. Here are my top 10 places to shop:
10 – The freelton Antique Mall, Freelton, Ontario
I stumbled on to this Antique Mall after spending an afternoon at the Aberfoyle Antique Market. I spent about an hour and a half looking at everything. I ended up getting a small solid wood and marble top table for $20.00. They have everything you can possibly think of. It is located about One Hour from Toronto.
9 – Mizeners Antiques and Flea Market, Hamilton, Ontario
I went to this market a couple summers ago while out for a drive. It has some pretty good prices and you can negotiate with the dealers who were on site. It only took about an hour to go through the buildings. This is about 45 minutes from Toronto.
8 – Roadshow’s 400 Antiques Mall, Barrie, Ontario
This is a pretty nice laid out market. They have a range of pricing and offer anything you could be looking for. They have nice display cabinets with beautiful vintage jewelry and smalls. I would recommend taking no less than an hour and a half in the Antique Market and then heading in to the flea market to look around. They do have some nice baked good booths to buy from. Located about an hour and 25 minutes from Toronto.
7 – Karen Brown’s Antiques and Collectibles, Deseronto, Ontario
This beautiful green barn has two really large sections full of antiques. I’ve spent no less than a couple hours going through to find my treasures. I do find the pricing at this location a bit higher than most the places I’ve been to, but, it is a good afternoon drive if you’re up for a small road trip. This location is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes from Toronto.
6 – Aberfoyle Antique Market, Aberfoyle, Ontario
The Aberfoyle Antique Market is my favourite seasonal market. It is mostly an outdoor market but there are a few buildings on site. There is so much to see at the market. Rows or furniture, stalls with smaller items (mirrors, art, knickknacks), rustic outdoor pieces and more. There is food onsite, ice cream and live music sometimes. The prices are great and the sellers are on site so there are deals to be had. I’ve purchased the following items on my visits – A vintage brass mirror which had a price of $50 on it (after the haggle – $35) and 3 blue 60’s stools which I got for $15. This market is about an hour and 5 minutes from Toronto. Don’t forget it is seasonal – so plan ahead!
5 – Orono Antique Market, Orono, Ontario
This beautiful building has several floors of antiques to see. The items are very nicely displayed and of better quality. The prices are not as low as some other locations but the quality is what you’re paying for here. It will take about an hour and a half to really see everything. The nice thing about this location is that it has several other antique stores right around the corner – Main Thru Church Antique Mall and a mom and pop shop just south of that. If you go on a Saturday you can visit the location bakery – yum yum! The Stephen King mini Series 11-22-63 was shot on Main street if you’re a fan. It is located about an hour and 5 minutes from Toronto.
4 – Southworks Antiques, Cambridge, Ontario
Right by the water in Cambridge is Southworks Antiques. I can spend a good couple of hours taking in what this building has to offer. If you haven’t been to Cambridge make a day of it, it’s so beautiful and has a lot of history. The pricing is pretty good and the selection of items will not disappoint. Cambridge is about an hour and 25 minutes from Toronto.
3 – Roadshow Antiques, Pickering, Ontario
This is probably one of the places I visit the most. I go for fun and for work. I always find what I am looking for whether it’s old medical supplies or galvanized cans. They also have clothing and a lot of antique pieces of jewelry. There is also a flea market with food and entertainment on the complex. This location is only 40 minutes from Toronto.
2 – One of a Kind Antiques and Collectables, Woodstock, Ontario
I absolutely love One of a Kind Antiques and Collectables in Woodstock Ontario. I could spend hours looking at the three massive floors or furniture and collectables. They even have a section of raw wood slabs for the DIY’ers like myself. The prices are really great! I’ve found oil paintings for $15 here and a vintage gold bird cage with stand for $100. I go and all I want to do is buy buy buy…. but then I stop myself because I have no where to put it. When I do my barn conversion I know for sure I will be heading here first for furniture and other smalls. Located one hour and 40 minutes from Toronto, but SO worth the drive!
1 – St. Jacobs Antique Market, St. Jacobs, Ontario
And now my favourite place to go. St. Jacobs Antique Market. The pricing is not comparable to any where I’ve been, it is the best. I’ve purchased a $650 gold vintage cutlery set in a wood box 65 pieces for $225, a gold brass mirror that’s over 42″ wide and 30″ high for $70 and a handmade farmhouse bench (by a local Amish gentlemen) for $35. He sets up a booth and fills it with all his handmade items and by the end of the day the booth is empty. This location is also by the St. Jacobs market boasting floors of food and baked good booths local and home grown. Horse rides and buggy rides. And about 5 minutes from these markets another large antique building. If you’re going – plan a day out of it and enjoy everything St. Jacobs has to offer. It will not disappoint. I have yet to spend less than 5 hours in St. Jacobs. Located only 45 minutes from Toronto.
I hope you all enjoy these markets. I know over the years I have.