Collector's to showcase antiques and such

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February 25, 2016 9:39 AM

The Border City Collectors Show and Sale will be taking place at the Lloydminster Stockade Convention Centre next month, offering collectors and admirers a chance to check out some collectibles from local enthusiasts.
“It gives a chance to show the public what is collectible and what is not,” said Don Whiting, president of the Border City Collector Show and Sale.
“It gives that opportunity but I think in our hearts, we’re doing it for some local charities that we support pretty regular and that’s what drives us.”
The charities that benefit from the show include the Lloydminster and Region Health Foundation, the Barr Colony Museum, the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter and Pleasant View Bible Camp.
Whiting said you never know what you’ll find at the event until the people show up, and with the antique market being hot right now, this year could be especially promising for neat items.
The show is mainly split up into three categories, which are old farm toys, antiques and vintage dolls.
“You just never know until people show up; the antique market is hot right now, so we’re expecting some interesting displays there,” he said.
Though it’s hard to say why there is an increased popularity in antiques, Whiting said the rise of shows like Storage Wars, as well as American and Canadian Pickers, might be driving some of the interest.
The event also offers the opportunity for younger people to put up displays like diorama’s of farm scenes they’ve made.
The last few years have also seen local and area museums put up display tables to promote their facilities, adding to the interesting pieces for attendees to go and take in.
“I’m looking forward to it, it’s always a fun time,” Whiting said.
“We get lots of people through the door and it’s just always interesting.”
The show started nearly a quarter century ago when Whiting and some friends started a John Deere Slow Race just for kicks.
The race would involve old two-cylinder John Deere tractors and the last one to cross the finish line won the event.
After becoming bored with the races they turned it into a farm toy collector show, and after some local interest, it snowballed into what it is today.
“That’s how our group kind of got together,” said Whiting.
The Border City Collectors Show and Sale will be happening March 12 and 13 with general admission $5, a family rate of $15 and children 12 and under free.

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