Antiques market makes for happy customers, vendors

Antiques made for happy people at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association antique and collectibles market Nov 30.

The market was held at the HSCA hall, in the heart of the Kensington neighborhood, with sellers offering everything from furniture to clothes, accessories and attractive articles for decoration.

“Each year we watch people come in with great enthusiasm and leave without disappointment, which is our primary aim,” said Bonnie Constable, antique market Coordinator.

More than 60 vendors were on hand, and the market was packed with great items at a range of prices that pleased both casual shoppers and dedicated collectors.

The antique market featured craftsmanship, art deco, fine art nouveau, gothic, regency, Victorian, Edwardian, contemporary, industrialized, and spray painted furniture.

We have seen trends come and go, and then come back into style again, said Constable.

Such unique features and items at the market attracted many antique collectible fans from across Calgary.

Carrie Victor, a keen customer said, “I have participated in the antique market as both a shopper and a vendor, and I am glad to share my opinions as both.”

As a vendor last year, Victor paid $25 for a sales table. She was fortunate to secure two tables for $50.

However, many of the vendors at the market have been exhibiting their collectibles for years and have made money, selling antique housewares and books.

We have seen trends come and go, and then come back into style again. – Bonnie Constable

With Christmas just around the corner, crowds turn into bargain hunters, forcing the vendors to price the wares accordingly, thus, making it challenging to do well profit-wise.

Nonetheless, there is positively more to the antique market each year with plenty of bric a brac, compared to other farmers markets.

More information about the market is on the association’s website.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Nabila Ruhi worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.