Gillian McWhinney arranges costumes for sale at the Fraser Valley Stage Production’s booth in Thunderbird Memorial Square during last year’s inaugural Cultural Exchange: A Curated Second-Hand Market. The Reach Gallery Museum will hold the second market July 21. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Shop ‘til you drop at Abbotsford arts, heritage, theatre and literary second-hand market

Outdoor summer market on July 21 to raise crucial funds

Book worms and visual and performing arts treasure hunters may shop to their heart’s content at the second annual Cultural Exchange: A Curated Second-Hand Market on Saturday, July 21.

The market runs from 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. at Thunderbird Plaza (32388 Veterans Way), adjacent to The Reach Gallery Museum parking lot.

The Reach and local cultural partners – Abbotsford Children’s Theatre, Fraser Valley Stage, Friends of Libraries Abbotsford, and Heritage Abbotsford – stage this fun outdoor summer market to raise crucial funds for their diverse public programming.

“We launched it last year, and discovered that the public, some of them collectors, love to shop at an upscale market of gently used goods and collectibles that includes the unusual,” says Laura Schneider, executive director of The Reach. “Think colourful and fun theatre props and costumes to art pieces, bestseller books to cool shoes and collectibles – just a fun vintage boutique experience with amazing bargains.”

The market tables under outdoor tents will brim with donated art, books, games, puzzles, theatre props and costumes, wigs, jewelry, accessories, jackets, home decor items, antiques, collectibles, and some unexpected priceless treasures.

And this year, busker Philip Dyck will add some vibe with his guitar music and songs.

Public admission is free to the Cultural Exchange: A Curated Second-Hand Market.

All purchases are cash sales only. For more details, visit

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