Granny + Grumpa’s Antiques – Abbotsford BC
If you like antiques…you’re brain is going to literally explode!!! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Abbotsford British Columbia is an hour’s drive south east of Vancouver, close to the U.S. border. Their slogan is, “City in the Country”. Jeff was working in Abbotsford, so my main agenda? Granny + Grumpa’s Antiques! Jeff + I caught an episode of Canadian Pickers that had featured Granny + Grumpa’s.
Every time Jeff watches Canadian Pickers he gets really irritable, constantly grumbles + says EVERY SINGLE TIME, “This shouldn’t be called ‘Canadian Pickers’!!! It should be called ‘Canadian Shoppers!!!!'”. This is because to him, unlike the American Pickers, the Canucks don’t rummage + get down + dirty + scrounge around in dark, dusty corners of god knows where. The Canadian pickers conveniently walk into their situations like la-dee-da. Jeff loooooooooves his American Pickers – because he’s into THE HUNT!
But ANYWAYS…I still like watching Canadian Pickers because they go to random places that I never would have thought to venture. Hence, Granny + Grumpa’s! I had to see it for mine own eyes!
This place is a prop master and/or set designer’s dream!!! 1930s era dentist’s chair, antique bed pans, spinning looms, industrial sewing machines…you name it!
I dragged a chair over + precariously reached up + managed to bring them down, successfully not crashing into the glass display case beneath me. As I suspected, when rocked from side to side, they made a pleasant, hollow, “Tok tok” sound. I loved them!!! I proceeded to wander around looking for somebody, anybody to purchase them from, while they sang, “Tok, tok, tok, tok.” as I walked.
There’s a phone number for Granny + Grumpa’s, but don’t bother calling it, because when I dialed it, a buried phone half a foot away from me rang + scared the living daylights out of me. It was pretty comical. Did anyone come? Nooooooo.
SHE’S THE CUTEST!!!! She was amusing herself because out of all the hundreds of coffee cans filled with stuff, she knew EXACTLY where to find the metal wire clamps that she was looking for!!! Now that’s seriously exceptional!
Turns out the wooden items I found were her great-great grandfather’s! She said that they were bells that he used to put around his cows’ necks. “I can close my eyes + still hear the cows coming over the grassy hill.” Granny reminisced. We marveled over the fact that in the entire place, I happened to pick these special bells out! Well, we got out the step ladder + put them back where they belonged. Granny was still nervous I was going to fall over + eat glass. We chatted + Granny pointed out the first tractor they bought in 1947 to clear the land + the first bike that Grumpa bought with the money he saved from picking strawberries.
We laughed about all the odd things that Grumpa brings home (like a huge display case filled with restaurant menus) + I told her I wasn’t going to bring Jeff to visit because he’s going to get ideas!!!
We were talking about so many random things + at one point, Granny took me into her house to excitedly show me a newspaper article about the “Miracle Baby”, who in 1987 was found in a garbage bag in Calgary. Granny was so overjoyed to inform me that the Miracle Baby was adopted + raised in a loving home + is now happily married woman.
I don’t remember where Grumpa was that day, but when we parted Granny said to me, “Yep, I’d better go get The Warden his ice cream!”. “Who’s ‘The Warden’?” I asked. “GRUMPA!!!!!” she exclaimed loudly!!! OMG, she is an adorable firecracker!!!!
It’s going to take a while for my brain to digest everything I saw + wanted!!!! And chillin’ with Granny is a hoot + a holler! Until next time!
Granny + Grumpa’s Antiques ~ 37936 Wells Line Road