Bill and Diana Robinson took over ownership of the Cookstown Antique Market in 2017, purchasing the landmark barn and antique business in Cookstown from Bill’s parents.
They have made a number of changes – there’s a new, more solid front door, a ‘barn quilt’ on the front of the building, and the charity of choice is now Innisfil Christmas 4 Kids – but otherwise they have maintained the traditions started by founders Gerry and Sally Robinson.
In particular, they have thrown their hearts into the annual Victorian Christmas at the Antique Market on the weekend.
Bill and Diana and their staff dressed up in Victorian garb for the annual event, and invited shoppers to enjoy hot apple cider, sweet and savoury treats provided by Cookstown Community Catering, while browsing the 6,000-square-foot barn, and checking out the Christmas displays set up by the 35 independent antique vendors.
The vendors also offered a Christmas ‘gift’, of 10 to 20 per cent off all antiques and collectibles.
Flanking the staircase were two magnificent 10-foot Christmas trees decorated with new and vintage Christmas ornaments, all of which were for sale; and shoppers were invited to pose for a 'selfie' in the one-horse open sleigh on display inside the market.
From teddy bears to vintage jewelry, fine china and vintage lace to old record albums, shoppers picked up unique gifts, and enjoyed the Victorian ambiance of an old-fashioned Christmas at the Cookstown Antique Market.
The Cookstown Antique Market is located at 5108 County Rd. 27, about 20 minutes south of Barrie.
The Victorian Christmas continues today until 5:30 p.m., but donations of new, unwrapped toys for Innisfil Christmas 4 Kids will continue to be accepted until Dec. 15.
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