21st Century Promotions is holding a Retro Design & Antiques Fair on Sunday, October 16th at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive. There will be 175 vendors on hand with a variety of items including antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, jewellery, pottery, postcards, records, retro furnishings, dolls, toys and so much more. Should you be in need of having an item appraised, they will be holding ‘drop-in appraisals’ from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on a first come first served basis. They do ask that the items be small enough to carry, with a maximum of three items per person. The cost for a verbal appraisal is $10 per item or $25 for 3 items, cash only. The drop-in appraisals will be conduct by Gale Pirie, an independent accredited member of the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group. The fair runs from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. General admission is $5 at the door. There will also be a special early-bird admission for $20 from 7:00 am – 10:00 am for those wanting a jump on things. Children under 13 are free with adult admission. If you are not able to attend February’s Retro Design & Antiques Fair another one will be happening on December 4th .
Should you wish to have a coffee and/or lunch before or after your shop, consider Commercial Street Café for something close by. It’s a great little hidden gem tucked away only a block down the street from the Croatian Cultural Centre. Open Sunday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and located at 3599 Commercial Street at East 20th Avenue. Of course, going North up the Drive after the market, you have a whole host of great coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants to choose from. Of course, if you are on the hunt for vintage items, you may wish to make a stop at great new little shop a very short walk from the Croatian Cultural Centre called Second Nature Home. This store has an array of great eco-friendly and organic products for the home as well as their own selection of vintage items. Second Nature Home is located at 1827 Victoria Diversion and is open 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sundays.