Elora Spring Antique Show



Apr 21 – 22, 2012 
Elora Community Centre
60 David Street W.
Elora, Ontario, N0B 1S0 

The April antique show and sale at Elora is an annual highlight for collectors from Toronto to Windsor and all points in between.  With top dealers selling in-demand specialties, Elora is the premier antique event in Western Ontario. 

Well worth the drive!  See a great antique show, visit local antique malls within 20 minutes of the show, enjoy excellent cafes around the corner, all this located in some of Ontario’s most scenic landscape.  Mark your calendar for a special Spring weekend in Elora. 

:  Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm / Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Admission: adults $7.00, children under 13 free

For 2012 – another superb line up!

These dealers help make the 2012 show another one of our strongest shows!
Jon Clark, London, Specialist in Pressed Glass:   Patterned or pressed glass is one of those collecting categories that never fall out of fashion.  The product is accessible, affordable and can be used at home every day.  Because it was inexpensive, quite durable, and looked good on a table, pressed glass became very popular across the USA and Canada during the period 1850 to about 1910.  More than 3000 patterns have been identified.
Pick a focus:  Nova Scotia goblets, animal or bird decoration, every piece ever made in a specific pattern, a complete table setting for a holiday dinner – the possibilities are almost without limit.  And that is why so many people become obsessed.

Jon has one of the best inventories of Canadian pressed glass in the country.  Everything is well-researched and in mint condition.  And everything he sells is backed by his expert knowledge.

Jeff Fader, Faederhouse, Sarnia
Jeff is delighted to be coming back to Elora, and so are a lot of his customers.  Jeff carries on the fine traditions establilshed by his father Charlie, who was always most discerning in his buying and the result is that he always has good quality, fresh stock.  He likes to buy and sell good children’s toys, dolls, stuffed animals and oddities.  He also likes holiday-related collectibles, art and small furniture.

Gary and Eva’s Antiques, Stratford   Also returning after missing last year, the Denhams, Marty and mom Eva, are back with excellent refinished pine furniture, plus china, goblets and a few boxes of postcards.  The jelly beans are a Denham tradition.
David Stewart, The Brooklin Antiquarian. 
dscf04581 David returns this year with another great selection of refinished Canadiana furnishings.  He likes big harvest tables, flat to the wall cupboards, sets of chairs, chests of drawers and accessories.  He also sells unique mirrors reclaimed from antique window frames – Gothic arch, round, and more unusual styles.
Valerie and Bill Hammond, Out of the Attic Antiques, Kitchener The Hammonds will be bringing 19th century porcelains and glass. They recently found some excellent satsuma ware, early Meiji period, hand-painted porcelain from Kyoto and Kinkozan. In addition they’ll have an exceptional collection of fine vintage costume jewellery which includes 3 cases of Sherman, Miriam Haskell, Hobe and other major designer pieces. Valerie Hammond is the author of “All That Glitters”, the only reference and values guide in print dealing with Sherman jewellery. You can see her on Rogers Daytime with her show “All about Antiques”. 

Ed Wiens and Linda Manzl, Precious Antiques and Restorations, Puslinch

Ed and Linda have been selling Victorian, Eastlake and Edwardian furniture for a long time. They always have a selection of settees, arm chairs, Morris chairs, sofas and benches for sale. Their business involves restoring and refinishing these pieces. Recently, they began experimenting with the use of high quality leather rather than upholstery fabric in their work. The result has been a very popular line of perfectly restored antique chairs, sofas and settees, which retain the style and elegance of the period, but which reflect an updated style with the use of boldly coloured leather. They’ll have an excellent selection of these pieces at Elora.

Several new dealers add a touch of suspense! They include: 

Very Popular feature: Antiques ID clinic with Janet Carlile, Ottawa based Antiques Appraiser Treasure or trash? Bring your treasures and heirlooms – Janet, guest appraiser on CBC Antiques Roadshow, will examine them and tell you the true story on what you have. See details in special section below.  

Harry Makepeace, Brantford  Specializing in pewter, copper,
brass and tinware, Harry is coming to Elora with an exceptional collection of metalware in a wide variety of forms. 

Dane Rogerson, Millbrook  Dane sells top quality country furniture.  Always a big booth full of great Canadiana.

Antiquarian Books – Elora this year features two excellent dealers in old and rare books, prints and manuscripts. 
Ken Saunders Books, Stirling, ON – first time in Elora, Ken and Sue Saunders have been in business since 1966, selling rare and out of print books dating back to the 17th century. They also have a large stock of ephemera, letters, documents, autographs and more.

Marvin Post, Attic Books, London, ON – Marvin is among the leading Canadian dealers in antiquarian books.  He has an enormous inventory of books, manuscripts and ephemera.  As well, he often turns up antiques of an eclectic turn.

Dave’s Old Advertising, David Free, London, ON  Dave and partner Darlene Meeuse put on a great display of advertising, nostalgia and collectible china.

Cynthia Findlay Antiques, Toronto   Well known jewellery and decorative arts specialist, Cynthia is setting up at Elora for the first time.

Elora regulars:

Judith Mureika and daughter Julia Wright, from Hamilton. They sell an excellent line of vintage fashions. They also like to sell Canadian quilts. Their specialty is sewing collectibles. 
Adrian Tinline Antiques, Bowmanville One of the younger dealers in the community, Adrian has a genuine passion for and commitment to antiques collecting. He sells mainly Canadian country furniture, usually as found and sometimes in original finish. In his booth, visitors can find early arm chairs, tables, chests of drawers, armoires and big cupboards. He also sells a range of country accessories.
Caroline and Bill Byfield – from Kitchener,  have been buying and selling great Waterloo County furniture and decorative accessories for over 20 years. Local dealers, they do a great deal of buying from farms and households in the area, and are experts in collectible Mennonite and Waterloo artifacts.  They also have a large selection of linens, quilts, vintage toys, tools, and vintage books.  
Manley and Sheppard  Tim Manley and Jim Sheppard are well-known in the Toronto area as dealers who sell top quality English, European and Asian antiques.  They always have an excellent range of ceramics, sculptures, silver, and occasionally a few wonderful Irish paintings.  
Jim and Marg Forbes, Now and Then Antiques, Fergus They do only a few shows each year, so their stock tends to be fresh. They are strong on Western Ontario country furniture and accessories, including stoneware and redware. They had a great set of Sibley kitchen chairs at the last show 
Al Goudie, Touched by Time Antiques – Also from Fergus, Al has a very large inventory of pine and oak furniture in addition to a collection of miscellaneous eclectica. Al is also a knowledgeable dealer in Canadian art and will have a good selection at Elora. 
Annegret Mette –  from Burlington, has an excellent eye for quality.  She very good jewellery.  She also has superb Sterling silver tablewares and very good art glass.  Annegret’s booth at Elora is a must-see for collectors of silver and fine jewellery.

55 dealer experts in all, including:

  • Sean George Pressed Glass and Goblets – plus other genres of patterned glass
  • Judy Gill and Sonny Osborne, Puslinch – excellent folk art, lodge look, Quebec country
  • Steve Harris, Wiarton – country accessories and furniture plus good jewellery
  • Fairholme Antiques, Toronto – excellent smalls, décor, collectibles
  • Jane and Connie Egan, Goderich – 40 years dealing in Ironstone, transferware, quilts, garden elements and more.

  • Steve and Suzanne Lee, Fitzroy Harbour – fishing and hunting collectibles
  • Tom Keeling, Toronto – English/European small decorative and collectible items.
  • Bill Pinkney and David Keogh, Hamilton – small furniture, great glass and china
  • Keiran Hall, Dundas – A master craftsman, Keiran does repairs and restorations to fine furniture.
  • Pat and Penny George, Paris – various coloured glass, Doulton and English china
  • Bonnie Aspin, Florella’s Antique, Paris – long time dealers in silver, glass, china and decorative arts.
  • Gerry Marks, Greenwood – Pollikers, folk art, big pine pieces
  • Jane Vining, Toronto – antique and estate jewellery.
  • Pat McKaig, Pineridge Country House, Bayfield – country decorating accessories.
  • Barry Ezrin, The Joinery Shop, Moffat – Canadian and American country, plus fine art and 20th century.
  • Karen Heaton, Somerville Antiques, Hamilton – vintage clothing, jewellery, womens’ accessories.
  • Jay, Ivy Manor Antiques, Oakville – Sterling silver, silver plate, fine art glass.

Antiques Identification clinic

Janet Carlile at work
Janet Carlile at workOn throughout both Saturday April 16 and Sunday, April 17.
A fascinating aspect of keeping family heirlooms is the fact that they may have monetary value far beyond what their owners can imagine. Find out more about your own heirlooms at the Elora Spring show, April 16 and 17.
The Identification clinic will feature Janet Carlile, CPA, an independent and accredited antiques valuer and appraiser with 30 years International experience gained with major auction houses both in Europe and North America. In addition to her appraisal work Janet also writes and lectures. She wrote a popular syndicated Antiques column for the Southam Newspaper Group for over 4 years and has contributed to magazines including the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts journal The Bulletin. She has appeared as an expert appraiser on the CBC’ s Canadian Antiques Roadshow. Janet has also been a guest on the lunchtime CBC program Ontario Today to answer listeners’ questions about antiques during a phone in.
How it works:
    One of the pleasures
  • Bring your items for appraisal. You may bring as many items as you wish.
  • When you arrive, go directly to the appraisal tables and get yourself a number. From this number you will be able to approximate your appointment time, then go and have fun searching the rest of the show and enjoy the many wonderful things on offer. If you miss your turn you will be inserted and accommodated at the next number in line. The Clinic operates Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm and Sunday from 11am until 5pm.
  • At your appointed time, meet with the expert and show her your treasures.
  • Fees: $12 per item.

  • dishes The beautiful village of Elora

    of a visit to the Elora show is the opportunity to explore the antique and retail shops on Mill Street, and to enjoy the superb natural scenery. Mark your calendar for a special Spring weekend in Elora.
    Getting to Elora: The town is about 15 minutes north of Guelph, off Highway 6. There are several ways to approach Elora, depending on where you are coming from.
    Assuming you are on Highway 401, take 401 to Guelph exit 299 (Guelph and Aberfoyle). Proceed north through Guelph until you reach the north edge of the city. Continue north on Highway 6 about 3 km to the Elora Road (County Road 7) which is well marked by signs. Turn left onto the Elora Road and proceed straight ahead for 10 minutes to Elora. Follow road signs to the Elora Community Centre and the antique show. For reference purposes, Elora is about 90 minutes from downtown Toronto or London.