Valley Antiques brings back memories of a bygone era
Valley Antiques, a new multi-vendor antiques mall located in the heart of downtown Dundas, will host a special Christmas event, Sunday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate the holiday season with a nostalgic look at Christmas past.
The event will feature the live music of the Peter Banting Swingtet – a seven-piece swing band playing popular Big Band songs from the 1940s. Local specialty food shops will provide food and beverages, including Mickey McGuire’s Cheese, Picone Fine Food, Cumbraes and Domestique.
A ten-foot Christmas tree will be decked out with antique ornaments, and the Dundas Museum and Archives has loaned Valley Antiques a special exhibit of antique toys that will be on display through the holiday season.
Local antiques dealer Tony Niblett will provide a demonstration of steam-powered toys from the early 1950s. The toys run off of a 6-psi steam engine that drives a small piston.
“They don’t have the caché of modern video games, but it brings back the nostalgia of a bygone era,” said Niblett. “Kids used to play with them and learn something about dynamics and machinery.
“The only problem was they can be dangerous. With scalding steam and children, what could possibly go wrong?”
They have, however, become very popular among collectors.
Event organizer and store manager Monique Craig said the event will support the local food bank.
“We wanted to do something to give back to our community and show the generosity and spirit of our town, so we’re asking people to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank,” she said. “Since we opened, the community response has been fabulous. We’ve had such a warm reception from this town.”
Valley Antiques opened its doors this summer, with more than 40 vendors in a 6,000-square-foot space. Company founder Erik Schrobilgen said business has been overwhelming and in the coming months, he plans to expand into an adjacent 2,000-square-foot area.
The historic Gartshore building was built in 1846 at 64 Hatt St. in the heart of what was once a thriving industrial area. The building originally served as a foundry. Schrobilgen said he felt privileged to be able to secure a spot in the historic building.
“I appreciate how important this building is to Dundas. This was the epicentre of industrial Canada in the 1880s,” he said. “I’m glad to be able to help revitalize this area and preserve this building…”
For more information or to attend, contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 289-238-8500.