Antiques Market benefits community, local businesses

Joan LeBlanc
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Visitors look over some of the many antiques, folk art and collectibles available at the Timber River Farm Antiques, near Port Elgin, which is set to host the annual market day from 9-4 on Saturday, July 19. It's expected that more than 1000 visitors will visit the market, which will feature some 25 vendors from across the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario throughout the day. LEBLANC PHOTO

TIMBER RIVER, N.B. – A large number of antique buyers and collectible enthusiasts will be in the Port Elgin area on Saturday, July 19 for the third annual antiques market day. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the grounds of Timber River Farm Antiques, on Route 16 about two kilometres east of the village.

Owner and operator of the Timber River Farm Antiques, Cathy Consentino has lived in the area for more than 20 years. Although she travels frequently to large antique shows in Canada and the US, she has successfully maintained her local antiques outlet for the past three years. In 2011 she launched the first outdoor market at her facility, offering booths to other antiques and collectibles operators. The success of that event just naturally led to the idea of holding a larger market that would benefit other businesses in the area.

“It’s always the third Saturday in July, so our vendors and customers can plan on that particular weekend from year to year. There are about 25 vendors and we’re really aiming to keep it to that number because we want everyone to have a good day…right now we have a pretty good balance,” Consentino said at her shop in Timber River recently.

Vendors from five different provinces – the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec – will bring a wide variety of items to the market.

‘Vendors from each region bring different types of pieces; there will be a really good variety, obviously Maritime things such as boat models, folk art, furniture, vintage textiles, quilts, country-type items. From Ontario and Quebec there will be some gorgeous refinished antique furniture and other types of antiques and collectibles; there will be no modern items or flea market stuff,” she noted.

For the first time, this year there will be live musical entertainment during the noon hour so visitors can take a break from browsing the vendor booths to enjoy their lunch.

“We’re so fortunate to have sisters Meredith Hicks, who’s 12, on the keyboard and 10 year-old Miriam on the fiddle. The girls will be playing some old-time fiddle music, and they’re both good musicians, so it should be a really enjoyable noon hour,” Consentino said.

She also expects more than 1000 visitors to pass through the market during the day, with at least a few visitors staying in the region for a day or two.

“We’ve got people already booked at accommodations in the area for a couple days. Those people will also be patronizing other local businesses, whether it be to buy gas or food or other necessary items, so the economic spin-off should be good for the local community,” she noted.

She added that advertisements have been posted in many Maritime locations as well as in Montreal, Ontario and many locations across the US and in various NB and NS newspapers as well as on Kijiji across the Maritimes. Consentino said one of the reasons for holding the market each year is to attract people to the region.

“Our region is not just a drive-through area. We have lots of first-rate businesses offering many types of goods and services; and the people here are so friendly. Why wouldn’t we want to bring visitors to our region? There’s so much to offer here,” she said.

Visitors to the market will have free, off-road parking so traffic can come and go smoothly. For that reason, there has never been a problem with visitors getting off or on the highway safely, she said.

The Port Elgin District Voluntary Action Council (PEDVAC) will be providing canteen services throughout the day so visitors can spend all the time they want browsing the market. Consentino said she is also appreciative of the support from local and regional businesses in supporting the canteen services.

“The canteen provides a good fund-raiser for PEDVAC and we are indebted to many businesses for donating all types of food items. Their support is what allows the canteen to be a financially successful day for PEDVAC as well. Proceeds from the canteen go to support the many programs offered at PEDVAC,” she said.

The third annual Antiques Market will be held Saturday, July 19 at Timber River Farm Antiques. For more information contact Consentino at 506-538-7400.

Organizations: Timber River Farm Antiques, Port Elgin District Voluntary Action Council, Antiques Market

Geographic location: US, Ontario, Port Elgin Quebec Canada Montreal

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