CTMHV combines Sporting Show and Flea Market to offer unique shopping experience

by Sylene Argent

The Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) was a hot destination to find unique items over the weekend as it hosted a Sporting Show and Outdoor Flea Market.

  As part of the double event, vendor booths and displays lined the hall inside the Canadian Transportation Museum, offering patrons a chance to find unique hobby items and sporting goods. Outside, throughout the Heritage Village, patrons were able to visit a variety of booths onsite, with vendors selling anything from jewellery and candles to handmade items and tasty treats.

  Donna Shilson, Event Coordinator at the CTMHV, said there was desire to bring back the popular sporting show, and event organizers decided to expand upon that traditional event by adding the flea market. This double feature gave patrons plenty of opportunity to shop and gave potential visitors ample reason to stop by the event to see what was available for purchase.

  The event also offered patrons a chance to eat at the Museum, with staff and volunteers manning a buffet-style luncheon, featuring quick and easy to eat options. These specially selected menu items gave visitors more time to peruse the vendor tables and displays.

  The combo event was also a warm up for a large-scale flea market planned for September and military and sporting show scheduled for November.  

  Shilson’s mission at the CTMHV is to host events that make people want to head out to the Museum. This gives them a chance to support vendors and see all the Museum offers by way of preserving local history.

  “I love hosting events,” she said. “Some people have never been here before.”

  It makes her feel good when community members just happen to drive-by during an event and decide to stop in to see what is going on.

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