History comes to life this weekend at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
The Fort Macleod Antique Sale and Show gets under way at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 at the arena.
“I think we’re going to have a whale of a show,” organizer Terry Daniel said. “I just have a feeling it’s really going to fly.”
Daniel reported at Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting 95 booths had been rented, an increase from 80 last year.
“Basically, we’re full,” Daniel said.
There are dealers on the waiting list to rent tables at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
“It’s a real nice mix,” Daniel said. “There are a lot of new dealers.”
“There’s everything from furniture to toys, to vintage guitars,” Daniel said. “There’s just all kinds of stuff coming in.”
Daniel is optimistic the success of last year’s sale, combined with new dealers creating a bigger mix of goods, will attract larger crowds.
About 928 people turned out last year.
“The dealers did really well,” Daniel said. “They were really happy and some of them are back.”
Daniel would like to see attendance return to other years, when up to 1,500 people turned out over two days.
“It’s fun,” Daniel said. “You’re going to see people coming in from everywhere.”
The antique market continues to be strong in 2012, regardless of the world economic situation.
“The economic climate is better now than it was two years ago,” Daniel said.
Daniel said there are now more young people shopping for antiques than ever before.
“The market has changed pretty significantly,” Daniel said.
That’s due in part to the new approach the Chamber took in marketing the sale, encouraging people to re-use, recycle and re-purpose goods.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Daniel said. “The young people aren’t so interested in how old it is, as to how it will look.”
“It’s all about decor.”
People are now shopping for antiques to be able to decorate their homes in a way that differs them from goods sold at chain outlets.
“It’s not like we’ve got a wholesaler, some guy who sells the same product to the same stores and you’re finding the same product in every store,” Daniel said. “You go to an antique show and you might find two of the same, but it’s pretty seldom.”
When people buy antiques to decorate their homes, Daniel explained, they take pride the item is likely unique.
“We still have the collectors, but the old-time collectors are getting older,” Daniel said. “The young people, that’s what they’re doing. That’s who we’re trying to draw.”
Daniel said TV shows such as Canadian Pickers, American Pickers, Pawn Stars and Storage Wars have created renewed interest in antiques.
“In that way it really has changed,” Daniel said.
Anyone interested in volunteering should call Terry Daniel at 403-553-3991.