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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: A friend of mine from Buffalo will be visiting for a week. She's a real bargain hunter and loves antiques. I'd like to take her for a day trip to visit some of the smaller towns and was hoping to visit some antiquey places. She doesn't walk well these days so if you could suggest anything that might be close by that would be great.

A: Located in Grand River Country around Cambridge, there is a notable stomping ground perfect for antique lovers. Southworks Antiques is situated on the west bank of the river and is teeming with collectibles, antiques and vintage goodies.

A historical stone factory dating back to the mid 1800s, once a foundry and machine shop called South Works of Babcok and Wilcox today houses the bustling antique market which is part of a factory mall with over 25 factory outlets. The antique market stretches 30,000 square feet with over 125 dealers and is all under one roof so it'll be a cinch for your friend to roam the many stalls in search of her favorite things.

You'll also find some interesting artifacts on display from the foundry's earlier hey days. For instance, there are two large overhead cranes in the main building. Collectors congregate here from all across Ontario, and the northern United States.

You could spend hours scouring the furniture, vintage lighting, Depression-era glass, ceramics, architectural items, books, clocks, sports items and much more.

The Southworks Outlet Mall is located at 64 Grand Ave. S in Cambridge. Phone: (519) 740-0380. Open 7 days a week. Monday through Wednesdays from 9:30 AM until 6 PM. Thursday & Fridays from 9:30 AM to 9 PM. Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.

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