A few Sundays back, I hopped in the car with my older sister Lauren, her friend Alisha and my Mom to spend the day at the Aberfoyle Antique Market. It’s one of my Mom’s favourite places to hunt for antiques and other thrifty finds and my sister and I were on a mission to see it for ourselves and investigate what all the hype was about. Sure enough, once we were there we weren’t disappointed. The market is full of truly unique goods from furniture to china, vintage clothes to old records, and so much more. The best part? Most things are very reasonably priced – sure, there’s the odd booth that’s selling used goods a little too high, but most dealers are offering things that you simply can’t find anywhere else at really great prices. Especially for furniture – there’s so many well-made, beautiful pieces of furniture that are worth the trip to see if you’re in the market for a new dining table, hutch, dresser, etc.
The market is open from Spring to Fall each year on Sundays and it’s $2 for adults to get in. There are 60+ regular dealers with permanent booths and 30+ visiting dealers who set up each week, and it’s the perfect place to go searching for your next antique find because there truly is a booth for anyone and everything.
I personally came on a mission to find a cheap vanity chair for my vanity project – at the start of the summer I purchased an old dresser for $40 through Kijiji that I’m working on refinishing to use as my vanity. Once I found the perfect vanity mirror at the Bracebridge ReStore for $6, I started to use the dresser itself as my vanity but needed a stool or chair that would fit the small space. Naturally my sister and Mom spotted the perfect chair for me to work on for a mere $20! It’s in need of some fresh foam on the seat and a new piece of fabric to reupholster the chair, but I’m excited to get to work on it.
Consider this my unofficial before shot of all the original pieces together – next step is to paint the dresser, replace the drawer knobs with something a little more funky, freshen up the mirror and chair and voila – I’ll have my very own customized vanity!