The Story of the Old Tin Shed

The building itself has an interesting history. Although Hastings County records show that the property was donated by Charles Authorson to the Orange Lodge and the structure was being erected in 1908, oral stories pre-date that by at least 7 years.



For decades the tin building hosted dances, wedding receptions, Christmas concerts---any number of social events---and was occasionally used as a voting station. Many reports have been made of local people playing music (particularly violin and piano) on a stage in the building.

There are still many senior residents of the area who could spin a yarn about events in and around this almost forgotten building. From receipts found inside the electrical panel, there is evidence of a car restoration business having been housed in the building sometime in the 1970s. Since that time, it had been used simply as storage for the previous owners (who just happen to be the now-famous musical Fitzgerald family). Visit their website at EverythingFITZ.ca.

Hard work throughout the fall and winter enabled The Old Tin Shed to open its doors for business May 2, 2003. Curiosity had been piqued by this time as many were wondering just how The Old Tin Shed would unfold. Gardens around the building created an inviting atmosphere, and within the walls of The Old Tin Shed, customers were greeted with an eclectic mix of antiques and new discoveries in a welcoming and inspiring environment.


Fast forward a few years, and in 2008, THE OLD TIN SHED was awarded the national status of RETAILER OF DISTINCTION by the Canadian Gift & Tableware Association. We are very proud to be a part of the retail community that honours excellence in business. Thanks CGTA!

The historic tin building in Bird’s Creek was the home of our very successful business for over 8 years. As we expanded every year…grew to fit our customers’ needs and desires, and to accommodate our eclectic taste, the little eight-hundred-square-foot shop was bursting at the seams. What could we do to accommodate our ever-growing business? When attempts to purchase land around our ¼ acre failed, we made the decision to take what was, for us, a huge leap of faith and look at moving into another and larger historic building in downtown Bancroft.

On April 30, 2011, we became the proud owners of the first Catholic Church in Bancroft. Yes, there was a lot to do to make it THE OLD TIN SHED. For fifty days straight we worked long hours, renovating the building. Our goal was to open on June 18, 2011 and WE MADE IT!! Thanks go to our faithful partners for slaving alongside us to see our dream become a reality. Our staff dug in like troopers! They had dreamed also of a larger space, but I’m not sure they anticipated what that meant in terms of work beyond the ‘norm.’ But, as a team, we turned our dreams into reality.

On August 14, we hosted our GRAND OPENING celebration with ribbon cutting, music, face painting, food, great sales, gifts, draws, our MPP, mayor, councillors, and lots of laughter! What a wonderful community and faithful followers!

To this day, we continue to grow our customer-base as folks find us for the first time. It is so much fun to visit with people from all walks of life and areas of our province, country and globe! We welcome everyone!

On October 24,  2014, The Old Tin Shed was awarded “Business of the Year” by Hastings County. Another honour we are proud to accept. It is a TEAM effort that brings us this notoriety, and we are so very proud of our team.

We invite you to join us for an OLD TIN SHED experience! It is unlike any you have enjoyed in the past. Come for a visit; come be inspired, and become a part of our growing ‘family.’


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