After a long 16-month closure, the beloved St. Lawrence Antique Market is finally set to reopen. The market, which took place every Sunday, was closed due to COVID but thankfully it’ll be reopening on Sunday, August 26.
The Loss of the Antique Market
For owner and founder Marlene Cook, the reopening couldn’t have come soon enough. “It was devastating,” says Cook, “all those people who depended on it for their livelihood and customers too. I was really moved by their heartfelt stories of how much the market meant to them. It was part of their lives, not just a retail experience. For 30 years, the market has generated a real sense of community.”
Lots of the market’s varied vendors share the same sentiment as well. Kevin from Angel Eye Antiques shared, “To me the market is all about connection,” he says. And diversity – people of all ages and cultural backgrounds frequent the market. It’s intergenerational where people can find a microcosm of history.”
It’s not just older folks who have missed cruising the Sunday antique market. Younger people have been all over antiquing as of late. It’s the thrill of the hunt and finding unique items that have a story behind them.
The market is open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. each Sunday and rest assured that social distancing protocols are being put in place. The market has widened the skinny aisles to allow for more room. Plus masking and hand sanitizer will be mandatory.
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