The event takes place in 2019 on the weekends of April 6-7 and November 23-24.
The Olde Farmhouse Market
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.
Where and When
In 2019 the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market takes place in the spring on April 6th and 7th at the Abbotsford Tradex Centre, and then again at the same venue in the fall on November 23rd and 24th. On the Saturdays it runs from 9 am until 4 pm and on the Sundays from 10 am until 4 pm.
The Tradex Centre is located at 1190 Cornell Street beside the Abbotsford Airport, so less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver in good traffic.
2020 dates are likely April 4-5 and November 28-29 (but exact details are to be confirmed).
Admission to the event in the spring of 2019 is $6 for one day or $8 for all weekend. Children under the age of 13 are free.
What to Expect
At the market you can expect to see over a hundred vendors, thousands of collectible vintage items and shoppers with smiles on their faces and recently-purchased treasures in their arms.
At the event you’ll find everything imaginable that might one day have really been in an old farmhouse. There are metal lanterns, wooden snowshoes, fine china tea cups, vintage kitchen containers, garden decorations, restored wood products and antique furniture. There are also cute signs, collectible model cars, old-fashioned toys, sports memorabilia and even sets of antlers.
The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market is a pretty big event and fills about half of the Tradex facility, which is huge.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Olde Farmhouse experience.
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: Take cash. Some vendors can accept credit and debit cards, but most don’t. There is an ATM on site, although fees might apply.
TIP #3: 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 to be had, but there isn’t “junk” (although you’ll likely find a sign at the entrance saying “junkers welcome”).
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 is lots of it and it doesn’t all get put out at once).
TIP #5: If you’re looking for exceptionally good deals, towards the end of the second day is 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, so if they don’t sell things now they will sell them later.
TIP #6: If you’re a serious “junker” get a 2-day pass. 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 #7: If you hope to buy lots, take your own small wagon or cart. Tradex doesn’t provide shopping carts, some of the items are large, there is so much great stuff and it’s a big parking lot.
TIP #8: 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 #9: 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 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, but the hourly parking area is actually just a 2-minute walk from the Tradex entrance.
TIP #10: Anyone can apply to be a vendor, but 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, Lower Mainland tourist attractions you might like include Roedde House 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.