Maybe it’s the building: a big red barn in the heart of Strathcona. Or perhaps it’s the endless rows of vendors convinced their goods (comic books, guitars, paintings, tea cups, toasters older than teenagers) are treasure. Either way, Vancouverites have been flocking to Vancouver Flea Market on Terminal Avenue every weekend since 1983.
This Saturday, January 7, Vancouver Flea Market will hold a special Antique & Collectible Show from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The Antique & Collectible show offers hyper-targeted browsing, like popping into a vintage boutique rather than taking your chances in a massive Salvation Army.
I’ve listed more details on in-demand Canadiana kitsch below.
Saturday’s Vancouver Flea Market features over 60 vendors focusing on antiques and collectibles. If you don’t already have a treasure-hunting agenda, here are some examples of the most sought-after antiques and collectible Canadiana at the moment.
In-demand odds and ends
This category is for those who cherish clever oddities and happy clutter. Treasure is broadly defined as: Tin trucks, folk art wood carvings, antique signs, vintage bottle carrying trays, children’s push sleighs, Canadian quilts, wooden duck decoys, lanterns, brown glass medicine bottles and penny toys.
While mid-century modern pieces are forever hot, like Demi Moore, other in-demand antique furniture includes scrubbed harvest kitchen tables, washstands (good for side tables and televisions), blanket boxes and rocking chairs.
In-demand dining/serving ware
Keep a hawk eye out for Furnival china with beaver and maple motifs, pressed glass, pewter and large wooden bowls.
Sift through decades of flotsam at Vancouver Flea Market’s Antique & Collectibles Show Saturday, January 7, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at 703 Terminal Ave. Admission is $1.75.