I am so excited for the next Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market on April 8 & 9th at the Tradex in Abbotsford, BC!! Over 90 vendors will be gathered to bring you some amazing, one of a kind finds! Over the next few weeks, take some time to browse the list of vendors (along the right hand side) and visit their sites. You will get a sneak peek at what they are working on for the spring market. It will be a great weekend to jump start your spring gardening, organizing your home and doing some spring time decorating! Stay tuned for some events leading up to the market…we will be having our legendary Facebook party as well as chances to win some fabulous prizes on Instagram!
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Let’s Go Junking at The Olde Farmhouse is only a few days away! I thought this would be a good time to fill you in on some market details and to give you some junking tips.
This is our second market at The Tradex in Abbotsford and this time another show ( Rigs & Rides http://www.rigsandrides.ca/) will be happening at the same time (A perfect show for the man in your life). The entrance to The Olde Farmhouse will be at the North end of Tradex. Rigs and Rides will be using the doors on the West side. Just watch for the signs or ask one of the traffic directors if you need help. We will be in Hall B, the back half of the building. You will be able to access the other show from the concession area if you would like to take in both events. They will have an admission set up so you won’t have to go around the outside of the building. Just make sure to get your hand stamped when you cross over to the other show…that way you can come back to The Olde Farmhouse!
Here is a little sneak peak at the market map and vendor list (click on the map to enlarge). You can grab your copy at the door when you come in!
Ok! Here we go…..
This may be your very first market or perhaps you are a market hopper…either way you need to be prepared for a fun day of JUNKING!!!
1. Load up your family and friends!! There is something for everyone at the market…and it’s always fun to shop with someone!!
2. Bring a large enough vehicle so you don’t have to leave a treasure or friend behind!!
3. Re-usable shopping bags! You can always make a few trips to the car as well We will also have large furniture pick up available at the back doors (the east side of the building). Just speak to the Olde Farmhouse helper who is stamping hands on the way out and they can help you find it
4. If you are bringing a little one along this is a great time to strap them to you! You will want to leave those strollers behind, as the market gets VERY busy and it makes it hard to move a stroller through the aisles and booths. Take a look at the crowds at the November market!
5. CASH!! Most vendors are cash sales only. However, some vendors are now able to accept a credit card. There will be ATM’s on site just in case! Another little tip…if you have the correct change ($5 or $8) ready at the admission, it helps make the line go quicker 😉
6. Day 2 of junking is as great as the first! Don’t hesitate to come back on the second day…vendors restock and sometimes a second (third, fourth, fifth, lol) walk around is what you need to find that hidden treasure! You can buy your two day Junking pass for $8!
7. HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE HUNT!! You never know what’s going to catch your eye…but if you see something you love…don’t hesitate! I have had some wonderful treasures scooped up right before my eyes! lol
8. Bring a measuring tape and make some notes of sizes/spaces at home that you are trying to find items for. Sometimes I get so excited looking at everything that I forget what I was originally looking for! Yep, junking can be overwhelming and exciting! I usually have a “wish list” on my phone, wall or cabinet space measurements, etc. You can never be too prepared!
9. The first 50 people in line on Saturday get a grab bag with some goodies! A little motivation to grab your coffee and get there early!!
I hope you have an amazing time this weekend at The Olde Farmhouse! Thanks for shopping local and for joining us in the joy of Junking!! We look forward to seeing you!!
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It is only a few days until THE OLDE FARMHOUSE VINTAGE MARKET!!!
I thought it would be a good idea to suggest some helpful tips for market day! This may be your very first market or perhaps you are a market hopper…either way you need to be prepared for a fun day of JUNKING!!!
1. Load up your family and friends!! There is something for everyone at the market…and it’s always fun to shop with someone!!
2. For all of you early birds…dress warmly! These winter days are chilly! It doesn’t hurt to pack an umbrella, The Olde Farmhouse and rain seem to go hand in hand!! Let’s hope for sunshine…but I know the junker’s mind….rain or shine you are coming for the treasures!!
3. A large enough vehicle so you don’t have to leave a treasure or friend behind!!
4. A measuring tape to make sure your item is a perfect fit!
5. Re-usable shopping bags or a cart. You need your hands free to shop (or to hold your morning coffee) !!
6. CASH!! Most vendors are cash sales only. However, some vendors are now able to accept a credit card.
There will be an ATM on site in Barn #1 in case you need it!!
The Runway Café will once again be on site to help keep you going!! They will be serving a variety of snacks and lunches & hot and cold beverages. Save your appetites so you have room for some of Eileen’s delicious food!!
For all of you non-shoppers, there is a covered picnic table area with some activities to pass the time while your loved one shops till they drop!!
Parking…it’s free and there is lots of it!!! There will be some wonderful volunteers out there helping you to find a parking spot. There is also an overflow parking lot at the corner of 105th Ave and Lougheed Hwy. Just watch for the signs!!
So… Are you ready??
I am so excited to see you all at the market!! It is going to be a wonderful day of JUNKING!!
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A few months ago, my sister Tanya, from The Vintage Verandah, called me up and asked if I wanted to go on a Junking road trip. My first reaction was of course …YES!!
A little history here…we grew up on the prairies, in a small town north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Today, I live in Maple Ridge, BC and my wonderful sister lives one province over in Cochrane, Alberta. So when she mentioned a road trip, my first thought was maybe we would meet in the middle and go on the hunt for treasures. Then I thought, maybe she wants to head back to the prairies….a perfect place for us to find some farmhouse treasures. But no…she had somewhere else in mind!! “Let’s go to Junk Bonanza in Minneapolis, Minnesota!!!” she said. Well, that’s not far at all!! LOL!! I don’t shy away from a good old road trip, so before I even considered how long it would take us, I said “buy us those early bird tickets!!”
Here are a couple maps to give you an idea of where we went.
My husband, our two kids and I went from BC to Manitoba and my sister and her husband went from AB to Manitoba. I left Tom and the kids at his parents house and I hopped in the truck with my sister and brother in law. We headed 8hrs south to Shakopee, Minnesota…the home of Junk Bonanza!
We had a great time exploring a new market. Junk Bonanza had about 150 vendors and is hosted by Ki Nassauer, the editor of Flea Market Style Magazine. Our first day was Thursday, and we had early bird tickets, which got us in 2 hours early and a shopping bag. Our anticipation was building….we couldn’t wait to see what was inside!!
Doors opened and off we went. Kids in a candy store I tell ya!!! Here are some pictures of some booths, to give you an idea of what I am talking about.
Check out these cute carts that the ladies behind us in the line up made!! They added bling, and cup holders!! Super cute…
Something new to me was actually taking a mid-day break, to have an afternoon ‘beverage’. Minnesota loves it’s Bloody Mary’s and beer!! They opened the stand first thing in the morning! We found a comfy stool and enjoyed sitting and chatting about our finds, favorite booths and gathering some energy to haul out everything we bought!! Thank goodness for the buffet of snacks on my sister’s drink!! A pick me up snack!!
Day two was just as exciting as the first!! Vendors added new items to their booths, and it was fun going around and visiting with them again.
By the end of the second day, we had a trailer full of fantastic treasures and tired bodies!!
On Saturday we headed back to Manitoba, where my family anxiously waited for me to arrive. I spent the next few days hanging out with the family and visiting with some of the friends that I grew up with. It had been 5 years since I had been “home”, so it was fun taking a tour of the 3 houses that I grew up in, showing the kids my old schools, taking them tobogganing on my old sledding hill, eating at the restaurants that I used to visit. It was a trip down memory lane, and I had to keep reminding myself how long it has been since I lived there. It seems like only yesterday. Flashbacks of walking home from school with my friends, back to our homes where we would spend the rest of the day playing a neighbourhood game of hide and seek. Driving the “main street” where I took my drivers test….I am not even going to think about how long ago that was!! LOL!! We even drove up the lane of the last house I lived in with my parents, and I snuck a quick picture.
I didn’t have the nerve to go to the door and say….”could I please come into your house and look around”….It didn’t quite seem like the right thing to do!! LOL!!
There is something to be said about life long friends… friends whom you have pictures of at every birthday party you ever had!! Starting kindergarten together and graduating high school with, celebrating milestones with and finally seeing them being parents… and their children playing with my own. Nothing beats those kinds of friends. Where you can sit down at their kitchen table and share a cup of tea and stories from past and present. Like no time has past since the last time you were together. I am grateful to have these friends in my life, and to have the wonderful memories of growing up with them. I can only wish the same for my children, that they will know true friendship like I have.
I guess that is part of the reason that I love hunting for old treasures. Everything has a story, and I get nostalgic thinking about who it was that used an item that I just bought. I love hearing the stories from vendors, when they know the history of a particular item. I think the majority of the wonderful people that I have met through The Olde Farmhouse feel the same way. All the vendors that gather together to put on The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market are amazing, wonderful individuals and we have all connected through the love of everything old! Excitement builds for the vendors as the date of the market approaches….not only to meet all the wonderful shoppers and help them to find what they are looking for…but also because we truly enjoy being with each other and developing a wonderful friendship within the vintage community. New friends in an old world…..that is something special and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have met so many wonderful friends through the markets. I am so excited that this year we will have some new friends to welcome into The Olde Farmhouse family.
I can’t wait for June 14th…and whether you are a newbie or a return shopper, I look forward to seeing you there!! So we can all surround ourselves with a little bit of history and wonderful friends.
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2014 Market Dates!!!
I am so excited to announce the 2014 dates for The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market!!
Mark your calendars and get ready for some fantastic days of JUNKING!!
Saturday, June 14th and Saturday, November 15th
9am-4pm at The Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge, BC
There will be over 50 vendors with treasures that are one of a kind. Everything from vintage, farmhouse, antiques, jewelry, handmade, re-finished, re-purposed, shabby chic, household collectibles….the list goes on!!
The past 3 Olde Farmhouse markets have proven to be days filled with fun, friends and fabulous finds. All the vendors do such an amazing job of creating their own little shops, just for you!!
Applications for the June 14th, 2014 market will begin on January 27th and will end on February 14th.
All vendors will be notified by February 19th.
Applications for the November 15th market will begin June 23rd and will end on July 11th. All vendors will be notified by July 16th.
Please use the application form under the Vendor category to submit your information. Space is limited…so don’t delay!!
Whether you are a vendor or a shopper, you don’t want to miss The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Markets in 2014!!
I can’t wait to see you on June 14th and November 15th!!
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The Olde FarmhouseHi!! I am Leah Faulkner and I LOVE things that are rusty, dented, roughed up, and well loved!! I have been collecting farmhouse treasures during road trips to Spokane, checking out garage sales, and rooting through all the wonderful funky junk left on the side of the road. Back at home, I pull it all together and those new finds become treasures in the homes of clients, friends, and family!! My husband, Tom, has also been part of my “junking” journeys. I could not be doing this without his love and support, not to mention the extra arms to carry things. I have taken my love of all things antique, collectible and useable and are holding a Vintage Market in June 2012. This Market will be the go-to place for finding unique items from all over. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. Follow me on my adventures by coming back to read my Blog or Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I welcome your comments and participation.
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