Antique sale helps pay for Kings County's pioneer graveyards, food banks

John Decoste
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NEW MINAS - Organizer Kim Troop described his fifth Annapolis Valley Premier Antiques and Collectibles Sale held March 19 at the Louis Millett Centre in New Minas as “a chance to connect and reconnect” with old and new antique dealers and hunters.

“This is the fifth show like this I’ve done,” Troop, an antique dealer and local historian, said during the show. “We’ve held one every six months since the first one.” The next sale will be Oct. 22, again at the Millett Centre.

Troop acknowledged he gets his love of antiques from his father Steve. “I do these kinds of shows for my dad, who’s right over there,” he said, pointing across the room. “He’s 75 now, and he just loves antiques.”

Kim Troop is also a director of the Burial Ground Care Society, which preserves and maintains 14 old or pioneer cemeteries within Kings County, plus burial grounds associated with former municipal poor farms and the Kings County Home.

Society volunteers have reclaimed several of the burial grounds, in particular the original Church of England cemetery in East Dalhousie, from ever-encroaching surrounding woodland. They have several projects currently on-going.

“Half of our door proceeds from today will go to the Burial Ground Care Society,” Troop said. “The other half will go to local-area food banks, with the goal of feeding local youth.”

He described the show and sale premise as “a real win-win. I get to connect with all kinds of people, all with similar interests,” be it antiques or history in general.

The Beehive Adult Services Centre in Aylesford was providing lunch and snacks. The workshop for employable mentally challenged adults is very familiar to Troop, who grew up on Aylesford Road in Lake George.

When we spoke, Troop had no firm total of how many customers might come through the door, but he did confirm, “we have 23 booths and 20-plus vendors here today.” He was hopeful the sale might attract several hundred people at $4 apiece.

He was aware “we have people coming from Yarmouth to Cape Breton, as well as New Brunswick and P.E.I.”

"I do these kinds of shows for my dad. He's 75 now, and he just loves antiques" Kim Troop

He was also unconcerned with what financial total the event might generate. “What we make is what we make,” he said. “It’s all about supporting the causes we want to see supported.”

Moreover, he said, “this sale is just one day, but we’ll have lots of future sales that will come out of this. That’s the value of connecting.”

There were several fairly unique antiques at the sale. As one example, Troop described a wooden model of a fishing vessel, dating from the 1920s.

“It was made by the captain, who lived in Lunenburg. It’s a scale model of his boat, the Cape Saltire. He made it after he retired,” as a memento of his career at sea.

Richard Skinner and Wayne Baltzer, both founding members of the Burial Ground Care Society, were at the event and had a display set up about the society.

“We used to get small society grants from the county,” Skinner said. “One year, we ended up with a surplus, so we didn’t ask for a grant that year. If we ever get down to a time where we don’t have a surplus anymore, we might ask for one again.”

Skinner and Baltzer are grateful for any support. Baltzer, the current chairman, said, “this was Kim’s idea. The vendors pay him, and we get half the gate.”

For more information on the Burial Ground Care Society, visit the society website at or attend one of their meetings, which are held monthly between April and November. The next meeting is scheduled for April 12. Check the website closer to that date for the exact location.


Organizations: Burial Ground Care Society, Millett Centre, Kings County Home Church of England Beehive Adult Services Centre

Geographic location: Aylesford Road, East Dalhousie, Lake George Yarmouth Cape Breton New Brunswick Lunenburg

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