For three decades, Red Deerians have had an opportunity to sift through trinkets from the past.
There will be 300 tables at the Carswell’s 30th annual Red Deer Mother’s Day Antique and Vintage Show and Sale at Westerner Park’s Stockmens Pavilion this weekend.
“It’s like having hundreds of antique stores under one roof. You don’t have to travel across the country, they’re coming to you,” said show promoter Rae Carswell.
Vendors from across the country, including Quebec and British Columbia, will have tables at the event.
Carswell, who works alongside her husband Fred, said plenty has changed over the show’s three decades.
“We’ve seen the show get a lot bigger, and in the past few years, a little bit smaller. But I would say we’re starting to get more young people coming out. People are getting more into vintage things,” Carswell said, adding their first antique show was 37 years ago in Lacombe.
Antique collectors love the nostalgia that comes with older items, she said.
“There’s nothing like going through a box of old photo albums to take you back in time, or listening to old records.
“A lot of people come to buy records they remember from when they were a teenager, or find something their grandmother had that has history and they can have as a keepsake.”
Growing up, Carswell’s father sold antiques and firearms.
“I always kind of liked antiques. When I got married, my husband and I started doing some shows in Edmonton and we thought we could put on a great show.
“We thought if we do this, we can do it the way we want to do it, and we ended up getting a pretty good following for it. We have some vendors who have been with us from the start.”
Mother’s Day is a great day for an event like this, she added.
“A lot of people say, ‘Oh we just love it. We take our mom to Sunday brunch, then we bring her to the show and she can pick out a present for herself.’
“It’s a nice day to spend with your mom,” she said.
The Carswells also put on a Christmas antique show in October – this year’s will be the 29th.
The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.