OWNER, INGLEWOOD ANTIQUE MARKET
ANTIQUER, BOOKKEEPER, FARM GIRL
Annette’s huge, multi-dealer market has a Tourist Information Centre in front, but she might as well be one herself, because time to chat and make suggestions is something she always tries to do. In 1999, Annette and her husband Phil took over the market, and have made their big old barn a draw for purists, decorators and browsers alike.
You’re a farm girl who came back to the farm after 40 years?
I was brought up on a farm in New Brunswick, then I lived in the suburbs, but I never liked living in subdivisions. So we moved right into Caledon Village. Now we’re surrounded by trees instead of decks.
Antiquing has changed.
It’s a lot of fun now because lots of young people are coming in, and what they want is less classic antiques, but a lot of really cool stuff.
Yet whatever it is, it still exerts something over you.
When people find something they love or they have been searching for… these things speak to people. It’s very similar to what the land does. it reaches out and grabs them.
The land really speaks to artists, doesn’t it?
They’re drawn to this type of living, the peace, quiet, the space to work. What’s different about art here is the artists. They’re just there, local, working, and you can talk to them and learn what they’re doing, talk about how they got into the work.
People are just people up here.
When we first came up here, we realized that you never know who you’re talking to. We have a saying in the store, when we’re talking about the area and the customers: “The more sh*t on the boots, the more money they have.”
Well, that’s a… different way of saying this is where Ontario gets real, I guess.
This is real life, real living. We’re living up here, not running around, not rushing to get it done. I’m in that space now. I’m happy.