Last week, my son and I visited a place that’s been on my “to visit” list for ages: Granny and Grumpa’s Antiques. Truly, dear reader, this is a place to be experienced.
The most honest way to describe Granny and Grumpa’s is “organized hording”. Their collection of stuff is housed in several barns on their farm in rural Abbotsford. Yes, you read that correctly: several barns. Not everything they’ve gathered could be called an antique but what they may lack in actual antiques they make up for in sheer volume. And it would appear that truly anything qualifies to be sold here.
Got a salt and pepper shaker collection? They have hundreds – and I bet they have a set you don’t have. Need an old sewing machine/typewriter/cash register/spinning wheel/bicycle/tricycle/chainsaw? They got em. How about a pack of Players from the 70s, with 6 cigarettes still inside. You could get a beer from the 60s or 70s – there’s a wall-full of FULL beer cans for you to choose from.
Or maybe a creepy doll?
Or maybe you like to think big. Come get a John Deere tractor, or a vintage fire engine, or a model T, or a rag-top VW – a standard with no clutch (actually, Granny isn’t really wanting to part with that one.)
There’s costumes, records on vinyl and wax along with old players to play them, and a whole collection of bed pans. Behind glass.
I know, right?
They have a few things on display that are pretty cool – like their wedding outfits. Hers is framed with newspaper clippings of their marriage included. Nothing is priced, so for those who love to barter, this is the place for you. You know it’s open if the gate is open. You have to find Granny and/or Grumpa when you want to pay and they could be anywhere (we found them waiting in their garage.)
Aaron found these bad boys and an Alvin and the Chipmunks Punk album. On Vinyl. Be jealous.
This really is a place to be experienced, even if you don’t buy anything. Here’s a tip or two: do NOT wear good clothes and it’s probably a good idea to wear close-toed shoes. If you have allergies to dust or cats, take your Reactin before you go – these are barns, after all, who dusts a barn? Plan on spending at least an hour, probably more if you want to get the full effect. Bring cash or a cheque book – I’m pretty sure they don’t do any credit or debit (although how you’d pay for a firetruck is beyond me.)
This is hands-down the most unique thrifting/vintaging experience I’ve ever had. What’s been your most unique experience?