September 13, 2010

Christie Antique Show

Well hubs and I finally made it to a Christie Antique Show in Dundas Ontario. We've been trying to go for years and this year we made it happen.

It was a long drive for us but well worth it. There were almost 300 dealers and booths there! Lots of big furniture items and a delivery service if needed. Lots of small items too, in fact it was a realy hodge-podge of treasures.

We arrived about 8:30 am (it opened at 8 am) and parking was very stream-lined and efficient. We were in and parked along with a huge line of cars, in less than 5 minutes. Kudos to the organizers!

Due to my physical limitations we only covered about 1/4 of the entire show, and that took us until 12:30 (4 hours). I simply couldn't do any more walking even with my cane. I told hubs to do a quick one hour scout of the rest of the area while I sat by the river at a picnic table but he didn't.

We were not disappointed although it was tough going at times because of the huge numbers of people all trying to get around the area and going in and out of the various areas. Some places were a tight squeeze and with that many potential customers, all wanting that great treasure at a great bargain price, it sometimes got a little "push and shove" which I didn't like.

But I found a nice ambrotype in an unusual shaped Union case to add to my collection so I was happy. I did see other items I liked but didn't buy. Maybe next year!

Even though it became more crowded as the morning wore on I think that next year I would go later in the day. I'm not sorry I went but it was an exhausting (and painful) day for me, so next year I have to figure out a better plan!

Oh and if you, like me, are trying to get your GPS to accept the address, put in Flamborough as the town, not Dundas... and it's held at the Christie Conservation Area so shouldn't be too hard to find.

I can't wait for next year's show!

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