The Diggers Club is presenting their annual antique collectibles show on March 7 at the Cowichan Community Centre.

Find treasures, relive memories at the annual Diggers antique collectibles show

The annual Diggers Club Antique Show is coming up on Saturday, March 7 at the Cowichan Community Centre.

This will be the 49th year of the event, according to Gerald Gonske, the club’s secretary.

Established in 1971, the Diggers Club is B.C.’s oldest antique and collectibles club, getting its name from the original group of diggers who literally dug old items out of the ground.

SEE RELATED: Diggers Club move their annual collectibles show to Island Savings Centre in Duncan

“Our club has suffered membership losses over the last few years so we are very welcome to people joining,” Gonske said. “But you have to attend three meetings in a row and you also have to try to attend nine meetings through the calendar year.”

Even as a member, getting a table at the annual show isn’t easy.

“You have to be a member a whole year before you qualify to get an antiques show table,” he said.

Tables are highly sought after even though this year there’ll be roughly 85 available.

“I think it’ll all go well this year,” Gonske said. “Our tables are all sold out.”

Over the years the group usually has anywhere from 800 to 1,000 people come through their event, some new, some regulars, some from near, some from afar..

“Some people have been coming to the show for years,” Gonske said. “Well-known collectors from as far as Edmonton and Calgary, even.”

The show’s chairperson this year is a newer club member, Dyan Schulz.

“The light was shining on our club that night,” he said of her appointment to the role. “This gal took on quite a challenge and we had a previous chairperson who left us a lot of information and so far she’s doing a pretty darn good job. There’s a lot to it when you have somewhere around 90 tables.”

SEE RELATED: Shop owner packs up 30 years of memories

For those interested in attending the antique collectibles show, it’s on Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cowichan Community Centre. Admission is $3.

For those who’d like to know more about the club, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/126956521335255/

The club’s current president is non-other than Citizen history columnist T.W. Paterson.

Meetings are held at the Chemainus United Church hall, usually on the second Wednesday of the month.



sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Antique Shows

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lake Flashback: Weir opens, vandalism committee established, coroner’s inquest

1980: Youbou mill maintenance man’s death deemed an accident

Cowichan Lake community steps up to support food bank

Forest Cooperative pledges $4,000 a month, Virtual Bottle Drive launched

Cowichan Valley man dies in single-vehicle collision

First responders called to Miller Road shortly after midnight on Thursday

Cowichan Valley parks and trails remain open for health and wellbeing of residents

Cowichan governments agree essential to provide residents with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors

COVID-19 death toll reaches 50 in B.C., while daily case count steadies

B.C. records 34 new cases in the province, bringing total active confirmed cases to 462

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

VIDEO: Community rallies around Campbell River fire victims

Emergency Social Services volunteers logged over 100 hours in first day after fire

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan, amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

B.C.’s top doctor details prescription for safe long weekend

Yes, it includes hosting an online cooking show

BC SPCA seeks help for abandoned German shepherd puppies

Donations have ‘petered out’ as doors are closed due to COVID-19

Most Read