There were just online markets in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic. The in-person market returns on November 12th and 13th in 2022 (which is also the Remembrance Day Weekend).
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The Olde Farmhouse Market in Abbotsford
The Olde Farmhouse Market is an amazing market featuring all kinds of antiques, knickknacks, “collectible junk” and things your parents or grandparents had in their homes. It’s an impressive event and fun to see. It’s also a perfect place to find gifts for friends and treasures for yourself.
Click The Olde Farmhouse for the market’s official website.
When and Where
In 2022 the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market runs on the Saturday and Sunday of November 12th and 13th. Saturday hours are from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday hours are from 10 am to 4 pm.
The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market takes place at the Abbotsford Tradex Centre in the Fraser Valley. The Tradex Centre is located at 1190 Cornell Street beside the Abbotsford Airport. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver in good traffic.
Admission to the event in the fall of 2022 costs $8 for one day or $10 for the weekend. Children under the age of 13 enter for free. Parking at Tradex costs about $7 for the day (although it’s usually cheaper for stays of up to a couple of hours next door at the airport).
What to Expect
You can expect to see over a hundred vendors at the market. Thousands of collectible vintage items are on sale and shoppers with smiles on their faces and recently-purchased treasures are everywhere.
When the event occurs you’ll find everything imaginable that might one day have really been in an old farmhouse. There are metal lanterns, wooden snowshoes, fine china teacups, vintage kitchen containers, garden decorations, restored wood products and antique furniture. There are usually also cute signs, collectible model cars, old-fashioned toys, sports memorabilia and sometimes even sets of antlers.
The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market is a pretty big event. It fills about half of the Tradex facility, which is huge.
Olde Farmhouse Market Video
To give you an idea of what to expect, below is a short video of scenes of vendor displays at the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market from the last time we went. As you’ll see there are all kinds of wonderful items for sale. There are vintage toys, fine china, silverware, furniture, vintage sporting goods, antique tools, crystal dinnerware and more!
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Olde Farmhouse experience.
What to Expect
TIP #1: If you like collectibles and high-quality second-hand shopping, this is an event you won’t want to miss! If you like antiques and historical museums, you’ll like this place too. And if you’re an older person you might even get nostalgic when you see some of the stuff!
TIP #2: This is not a “flea market.” You will find flea market and yard sale-style things here, but only the very best and most premium of garage sale type treasures. Most of the items are pretty cool, and some are quite valuable. There are great deals available, but there isn’t “junk” (although you’ll likely find a sign at the entrance saying “junkers welcome”).
To Consider in Advance
TIP #3: Take cash. Some vendors can accept credit and debit cards, but many don’t. There is an ATM on-site, although fees might apply.
TIP #4: If you’re serious about getting the very best stuff, arrive early on the first day. The place will be busy, but the finest selection is at the beginning. Things sell quickly (but there are lots of them and they don’t all get put out at once).
TIP #5: Get a 2-day pass if you’re a serious “junker.” It only costs $2 more and it allows you to go on the first day (when there is more selection) and then again on the last day (when prices are often a bit more negotiable).
TIP #6: If you hope to buy lots, take your own small wagon or cart. Tradex doesn’t provide shopping carts and some of the items are large. There is so much great stuff and it’s a big parking lot.
TIP #7: Take your own reusable shopping bags, and your friends and family. Shopping for this kind of stuff can be fun with others, and extra hands can help carry things back to the car.
TIP #8: Parking at Tradex costs about $7 for the day. If you plan to stay for just a short time though, parking next door at the airport is a good idea. Airport parking costs only about $2 for the first hour and $1 for each additional hour (up to a maximum stay of 3 hours) in the hourly parking area. The entrance to the airport seems quite a ways away when driving by car. The hourly parking area, however, is actually just a 2-minute walk from the Tradex entrance.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
TIP #9: Stay towards the end of the second day if you’re looking for exceptionally good deals. That’s when vendors are most likely to bargain more (because if they don’t sell what’s left they’ll have to pack the stuff up and take it home). Remember though, most of the vendors do this for a living. If they don’t sell things now they will sell them later.
TIP #10: Anyone can apply to be a vendor. However, many of the booths you’ll see are run by professional, semi-professional and otherwise “serious” junk collectors. To apply to be a vendor contact event coordinator Leah Faulkner via the Olde Farmhouse Market website.
For more information about the event see the Olde Farmhouse Market‘s website.
If you like old stuff, the Lower Mainland has many other places that could interest you. Attractions you might like include Roedde House Museum in Vancouver, Burnaby Village in Burnaby, Mackin House in Coquitlam, London Farm and Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Richmond, Fort Langley in Langley and Stewart Farm in Surrey.
For ideas on other things to do at other times of the year click Vancouver Festivals & Events.