Elora Vintage & Antique Show


24th Annual Show
Apr 18 – 19, 2015

Elora Community Centre
29 David Street W.

Elora, Ontario, N0B 1S0

The April vintage and 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 vintage/antique event in Western Ontario.

Well worth the drive!  See a great vintage/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.

Hours:  Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm / Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm

Admission: adults $7.00, children under 13 free

For 2015 – another superb line up!

These dealers helped make the 2014 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.


Samantha Howard Vintage, Toronto Specializing in Midcentury Modern Design, including Scandinavian ceramics and glass, with a special interest in Midcentury Scandinavian and Canadian jewellery. Sam teams up at Elora with Andrew Zegers Design. Andrew specializes in Midcentury Modern furnishings and Midcentury Italian Art Glass. They are making it official this summer at their wedding. Congratulations!

The photos below, fresh from Samantha and Andrew, are all mid-century: Whitefriars bark vases by Geoffrey Baxter, German op art porcelain vase, aarikka Finland large rooster, Scandinavian blown glass bottle at Samantha Howard Vintage / German modernist porcelain relief vases and a Spin vase by Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden in the difficult-to-find large size at Samantha Howard Vintage / Midcentury Scandinavian glass at Samantha Howard Vintage / mid century Italian glass from Murano, designed by Ermanno Toso at Zegers Design / Mdina glass Malta, founded in 1968, by Michael Harris at Zegers Design

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Ben Lennox Antiques, Kitchener, ON This is Ben’s first time at Elora and we’re very happy to have him in the lineup. Hoarding is a good thing. “I’ve been buying and hoarding antiques for about 15 years, and have been selling for the past 7 years via shows. My stock is always fresh and turns over year over year and show to show. My focus is Canadiana, folk art, and vintage advertising. I like to sell pieces I’d be proud to have in my own collection.”

These photos show some of what Ben is bringing to Elora.

Pollikers, Gerry Marks, Greenwood, ON Gerry, aka Swampman, has been in antiques since the early 1970′s. He loves Canadiana pine, as found and refinished. An artist at heart, he has a difficult time turning down a good piece of folk art and has handled a large number of major pieces over the years. Gerry has a place in PEI and often brings back unusual bits of furniture and art from the island. The photos show 3 pieces from PEI and Nova Scotia that Gerry will have at Elora. 1..pair of early lamp figures (lamps are working….Nova Scotia.. 2..Large carved folk art wooden horse from P.E.I.
3..Adirondack style folky pail stand in original paint ,,Nova Scotia.
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Bowles Hilltop Antiques, Kara and Dan Bowles, Markdale, ON
“Here are just a few of the goodies we’ve been stock piling for Elora. The chest of drawers is from the Albright collection. It is a stellar painted piece from the third quarter 19th century and we are pleased to offer it at Elora. The quilt is also a recent acquisition. I have several antique quilts for the show. Many new primitives fresh to the market as well as some great advertising pieces. Everything from Coke and Mountain Dew to two original doctors illuminated signs from the early 1900′s. Really looking forward to the show.”

Adrian Tinline Antiques, Bowmanville Tinline1 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. Now, hear it from Adrian: “I specialize in Country furniture, painted and refinished, folk art, whimsical and unusual items, industrial and anything that really can catch your eye or add a statement to a room! Second generation Antiquer with a life time of antiquing experience and actively for 20 years. I am passionate about the Business and its offerings.” He adds: “For 2014 I plan to strive for the best I can find through out my travels in Ontario. It’s been tough so far trying to find great items to offer to the public but I can promise I will always keep it interesting and exciting! Hope to see a lot of my repeat customers again this year at Elora. I am always grateful for their patronage. In the meantime if you’re craving some Canadiana and a member of Facebook, please feel free to get in on some discussion, post pictures of what you enjoy, share your thoughts on the industry with my group’Canadiana Antiques’.”

Valerie and Bill Hammond, Out of the Attic Antiques, Kitchener “We have just returned from our annual winter buying trip and will be bringing a number of finds from that trip. Included are a pair of 18th Century French Candleabras, an early Capo Di Monte Centerpiece, a Ming Dynasty Roof Figure in Spinach and Straw Glaze, a Majolica Jardinier and Signed Navajo Sterling Cuffs from prominent silversmiths of the mid 20th century. Also a Miriam Haskell Necklace and Brooch, Hattie Carnegie Necklaces, and a Sterling and Amethyst bracelet c 1930.

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, Freelton
Precious Antiques Ed and Linda have developed a very popular line of perfectly restored antiques in leather…. chairs, sofas, settees and stools… which reflect an updated style with the use of boldly coloured leather.  They will have an excellent selection of these pieces ranging from the 1800’s to the mid 1900’s.  Styles include formal Victorian, Arts & Craft, French Provincal and office furniture, fully restored and covered in beautiful leather.  Check out their web site at www.preciousantiques.ca for examples of the type of pieces they will be bringing to the Elora show, as well as restoration services they offer.

Harry Makepeace, Brantford  ”We specialize in antique metalware from 16th through 19th century, with an emphasis on British pewter.

We will be bringing a wonderful selection of early metalware to Elora this year, from 16th century pewter spoons, 16th century brass alms dishes, to 17th and 18th century pewter chargers, plates, mugs, snuff boxes, an early pewter chalice, etc., including 3 Scottish pewter tappit hen measures, a rare crested Glasgow pint and an even rarer chopin sized measure, together with an uncrested Scottish pint size. We also have some Scottish and Irish mugs.

Perhaps the most unusual item would be the 28 1/4″ by 21″ pewter oval charger by Susannah Cocks, working 1820 to 1847 in London.”

“Attached are a couple of pictures. The three measures are all Scottish pewter tappit hens. The one on the left is the crested Glasgow measure, containing one Scottish pint (equivalent to 3 English pints), the one in the middle is chopin sized which is half a Scottish pint and quite rare, and the one on the right is an uncrested pint.
The charger is exceptionally large at 28 1/4″ by 21″ and weights 16.4 lbs. The Pewter Society keeps track of all the large chargers as they appear and this is one of only 10 oval chargers known larger than 23″. There is currently a discussion taking place within the Pewter Society as to whether chargers of this size and larger could have been cast in one piece or fabricated.”


Sean George Pressed Glass and Goblets, Arthur – plus other genres of patterned glass. “We will have a superb selection of goblets. We also will feature a unique display of Vintage Manhattan Glass and Jadeite glass. We try to offer glass that is fun to collect, functional for your home or cottage, and great for entertaining.”
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Jane and Connie Egan, Goderich -Egan1 mother and Daughter, 40 years specializing in textiles, Ironstone, transferware, country furniture and silver. “This year, look for a collection of Lake and Ontario Lake Scenery transferware.

Antiquarian Books – Elora this year features excellent dealers in old and rare books, prints and manuscripts. 

Paper 2Ken Riehl Books, Woodstock, ON – returning in 2013, Ken has been in business since 1966, rare and out of print books dating back to the 17th century.
Duncan McLaren, Lord Durham Rare Books, St. Catharines – respected dealer in antiquarian books, Duncan also come up with exceptional finds in vintage paper.

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. He sends word of a rare textile item he’s bringing to Elora: a Japanese Work Coat, worn by a farm labourer, circa 1920s. He’s bringing three, all various shades of indigo. Post1

Margaret Black, of Maple Glen Antiques which is located between Fergus and Orangeville, is returning to the Elora Antique Show this year. She has an extensive collection of fine vintage and antique linens from wedding hankies to pillowcases, tablecloths to quilts. She will also be offering vintage hats, gloves, aprons, and sewing accessories. As a long time collector of quality crystal, china, and silver, her inventory of Limoges dinner sets, Nippon china, and Waterford crystal is impressive. Her passion is “all things feminine” as reflected in her collection of compacts, perfume bottles, and dresser sets. This year she will be bringing a sterling and tortoise shell vanity set and a banquet size Madeira tablecloth and napkin set.

Karen Poce, Big Chenille Textiles, ChesleyBigC “As the name Big Chenille suggests, I have searched, collected and cleaned up a lot of chenille over the years. But that’s not where my passion ends because I have a soft chenille spot for all vintage textiles including Barkcloth, Quilts, Linens and Clothing. There is nothing like the big unknown when I start picking, you really don’t know what shape the textile is in until you are standing there holding it in your hands. The texture, colour, weight and age, all contribute important clues and weave together the story of the object. I have assembled a collection of textiles for the
Elora 2014 Vintage and Antique Show that I believe will be visually entertaining and will inspire fresh ideas to give these objects a renewed life and purpose for your family and home.
Hope to chat more at my booth in the cafe area!

Treasure Hut Antiques, Pat and Penny George, Paris, ON
“This will be our 38th year in the antique business, full time, and also our 24th year doing shows only. We have done the Elora show since it’s inception (23 years this year). Treasure Hut is a partnership between my wife and myself. This means we spend 24-7 together, which in itself is an accomplishment. We deal in Art Glass, fine porcelain, quality china,Royal Doulton figurines, estate jewelry and vintage costume jewelry.

We look forward to seeing both old customers and new customers at Elora.
We endeavour to buy good quality antiques as well as interesting items for your viewing. We will be bringing fresh merchandise to the show, which has been bought privately.
Drop by and say hello.”
Pat & Penny, Treasure Hut Antiques

Rod and Bea Slack, Dovetails and Square Nails, Prescott “Attached are photos of items that we will be bring to the Elora Antique Show.  They give a good indication of the type of antiques that we like to sell. The ironstone bowl and pitcher is a “Meakin Ironstone” set from England. The coal oil lamps are American and circa 1900 – 1920 period. The nesting tables walnut and are also American circa 1930′s The quilt is a hand work 1920 -1930 butterfly quilt purchased in Kingston. There will also be wicker and linens.”
Ron Bosch, Whats That? Antiques, Brampton Ron buys and sells small things. He has a great eye for primitive and country-style pieces. A good selection of pottery, iron, kitchenware, and so on.


Several new dealers 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.


Bill Richardson, Richardson’s, Mississauga – not new as he has done the show for years, but had to miss last year with back issues. In A1 health now, Bill returns with a booth specializing in formal furniture and lions of vintage lighting.

Janice Baker-Briand, Loved Treasures, Baie D’Urfe, QC – Janice brings a great selection of vintage jewellery and excellent small pieces of art.

Robert and Sandra Fedosenko, Victoria St. Antiques, London, ON – decorative arts are their specialty. Wide selection and solid quality.

Fred Bradshaw, Frederick’s Persian Rugs, Owen Sound – specializes in genuine handmade Persian carpets and rugs in a range of sizes from very small rugs through to room size carpets. Fred specializes in sourcing one of a kind tribal pieces which he admits are his real Passion!

Elora regulars:

Judith Mureika and Julia Wright, from Hamilton

They sell an excellent line of vintage fashions. Their specialty Judithis sewing collectibles. They also like to sell Canadian quilts and the odd piece of small furniture. At Elora this year they will have this early 20th Century smoker’s cabinet, and this Spelter German Shepherd on marble base. Signed by a Paris France foundry. ca 1900

David Stewart, The Brooklin Antiquarian.

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.

Jeff Fader, Faederhouse, Sarnia 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.

Atlantis Antiques, Burlington  Annegret and Klaus Mette of Atlantis Antiques specialize in providing fine antique and estate Sterling Silver, odd silver plate items, antique and estate jewellery, art glass, clocks, oil and water colour paintings.

Elke Ramstead, Toronto “I carry a good selection of vintage Georg Jensen jewellery as well as other silver designers such as Danecraft. I also carry a case each  of Marcasite, Amber, Coral, Rhinestone (including Sherman) and some Jade, Ivory, and Cameo pieces as well as other designers such as Rafael.

Root Cellar Antiques, Jerry and Leona Milne, Port Dover Milne1 “This photo is of a nice little piece we will be bringing to Elora. This is a cherry server, in its original stain which originated in Haldimand County. We think it’s about 1860. Just a sweet, good size piece which would fit into any décor.”

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. 


55 dealer experts in all, including:

Audette Antiques, Orono, ON – Eddy and Lorna Audette sell refinished pine furnishings – from small lamp tables up to large flat wall cupboards and armoires. They also have a large selection of excellent ‘smalls’, accessories and decor items.

Shirley and Armand Dequanne, The Treasure Box Antiques, Midland
“We were set up at a show in North Bay last summer. An elderly gentleman enters our booth, we exchange smiles, I observe him as he heads over to the jewelry case. Obviously he’s a man in pursuit of something special. Dequane

“Young lady, may I please see that item” his eyes well up as I hand him the article. He doesn’t ask for a better price as he hands me the money. “I’ll be right back” he says.

A few minutes later, he returned with a lovely lady on his arm. “As a young pilot during WW II, I met & fell in love with my soul mate. As it was customary in the Airforce, a small brooch with golden wings was the jewel known as a girlfriend pin.

Lack of funds for this soldier did not permit this luxury at that time…someday!!!

As I watched this teary eyed veteran pin his best girl of 65 years, I could only compare this moment to an Olympic Gold & it reminded me once again why we covet these past treasures.”
- Shirley Dequanne

Christine Wyrozub, Chantal’s Antiques, Whitby “We’re returning Chantal1to Elora with many newly acquired items; featuring Cranberry Hobnail items-lovely lamp, vases also great collection of discontinued Fenton glass vases and bowls. Specialize in Hughes Cornflower with an early cut large pitcher and many other serving pieces. Bringing early English china, Royal Winton, Carlton Ware, Maling peony bowl and a variety of Royal Doulton Figurines. Will bring Spode “Fitzhugh” set of dishes for 8 with completer pieces. I have an exceptional piece of signed Chalet handkerchief cranberry bowl with other small animal pieces of Chalet glass. As usual many unique pieces of Blue Mountain Pottery. As well I will bring vintage linens (France and Italy) and vintage jewellery.

  • Tom Keeling, Toronto – English/European small decorative and collectible items.
  • Bonnie Aspin, Florella’s Antique, Paris – long time dealers in silver, glass, china and decorative arts.
  • Pat McKaig, Pineridge Country House, Bayfield – country decorating accessories.
  • Karen Heaton, Somerville Antiques, Hamilton – vintage clothing, jewellery, womens’ accessories.

Antiques Identification clinic

Janet Carlile at work

Janet Carlile at work

On throughout both Saturday April 18 and Sunday, April 19.

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 12 and 13.

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:

    • 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.

The beautiful village of Elora

dishesOne of the pleasures 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.

Tourism Information

Elora accommodation and attractions information is available at the Elora Fergus Travel web site:

www.elorafergus.travel, or toll free at 1-877-242-6353

Click here to to receive a $1 off admission coupon. 

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