Collectors show returns

By Geoff Lee

March 2, 2017 12:00 AM

STEP RIGHT UP Young Nevaeh Allen looks on while her dad Kevin pays Art's Antique dealer Art Hamil for a toy loader and two tanks. This transaction from the 2016 is bound to be repeated by new customers March 11-12 at the 25th annual Border City Collectors show at the Stockade Convention Centre. FILE LLS PHOTO

It’s a cross between Antiques Roadshow and the Price is Right.
The Border City Collectors Show and Sale is a hybrid with its cheap $5 entry fee for adults and eclectic mix of vintage goods and newer collectibles.
The 2017 event will go ahead March 11-12 at the Lloydminster Stockade Convention Centre with a secret sauce for its popularity that mystifies spokesperson Don Whiting.
“I don’t know, the vendors keep coming, the exhibitors keep coming, the people keep coming to visit and we just keep doing it,” he said, speaking on behalf of Brad Bogucky, committee chair.
“We’d like to say we do it for fun, but we’re really doing it to raise some money for some local charities,” said Whiting.
He notes it’s always well supported by local businesses too.
“We have had some regular sponsors and they keep coming through every year for us —they’ve been consistent year after year—that all helps to support the community,” he said.
This year will be the 25th annual Show and Sale that will have its usual assortment of wonders and attractions that draws up to 2,000 visitors a year.
“It’s kind of divided up between farm toys, antiques, a couple of doll displays,” said Whiting.
Visitors can also expect to see and buy construction toys, coins, collectibles and memorabilia.
“The neat thing about the show is there are always surprises,” said Whiting. “On set up night you’ll see something every time you’ve never seen before.”
Exhibitors come from all over Western Canada literally from Manitoba to B.C. and most of them are hobbyists who act as magnets for like minded people.
“The word is out there in the collector world, the antique collectors, the toy collectors, they’re there,” said Whiting who notes there is always something fresh.
“What was popular 10 years ago is not popular now, you can see the changes —there’s still the farm toy people that are solid into the that.”
He said the other thing is changing trends.
Whiting said some of the younger people are into things that older folks might not be like collecting or selling Star Wars memorabilia and things like that.
Whiting likes to collect advertising metal work and he usually displays a few items that no longer fit his personal collection for sale.
Children 12 and under get in free and there’s a family rate for $15 as well.
Proceeds will go to the Barr Colony Museum Foundation and other local charities.
To help raise funds there will be door prizes and raffle tickets for sales.
“It’s always surprising when you make the draws at the end of the show for the door prizes where people have come from,” said Whiting.

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