It has been a long time coming: the Barrie Automotive Flea Market is turning 50.
The annual festival of all things automotive didn’t happen last year because of COVID-19, and owner Lisa Groves says that really put the brakes on things. Not just for her, but for her clientele. “The last Barrie Automotive Flea Market was in September of 2019, and we’ve not operated since. So it’s been a tough go. A lot of disappointed people,” she told Barrie 360. “We have people come from all over North America come to the Barrie Automotive Flea Market to sort out and find their hard-to-find parts and pieces. And with all the time that they have on their hands, they need those parts because they’re working on their projects, and they haven’t been able to come and get them.”
Now that COVID restrictions have been eased, Groves has her foot on the accelerator. “It is so nice for a small business to make it 50 years, especially through the rocky climate that we’ve had this last little while, to get to 50 years is a fantastic feeling,” she said.
“I have seen some really cool stuff rolling in through the gate and people getting set up. I’ve seen a really nice 67 GTO, that’s a project car, a convertible. I’ve seen some other older ones and some stuff that’s come in from Texas and some really cool hard-to-find parts.”
“There’s more than just car parts,” she added. “There’s antiques and collectibles as well. We always make sure that there’s something for somebody in the whole family.”
The Barrie Automotive Flea Market takes place September 9 to 12 at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds at 180 8th Line South, Oro-Medonte. Tickets are available at the gate and go for $10 a pop; kids under 12 get in for free.
Standard COVID-related safeguards will be in place, including physical distancing, masks, and hand sanitizer use.