8 Flea Markets to Check Out this Spring

Go for the discounts and vintage finds, stay for the street food and live music. If there’s one thing Torontonians know, it’s how to be thrifty in the city. Here are 8 flea markets you won’t want to miss this spring:

1. The Leslieville Flea

June thru October, the Leslieville Flea Market takes over the Ashbridge Estate at 1444 Queen Street East. This flea includes up-cycled crafts, furniture, antiques, collectables, as well as handmade and homemade goods. Wander the grounds of one of the east-end’s oldest properties, which was inhabited by the Ashbridge family for more than 200 years. More information here: http://leslievilleflea.com/

2. Travelling Gypsy Market

If you’ve never heard of the Travelling Gypsy Market that’s because they keep a low profile—and, as their name suggests, never stay in one place. Saturday May 9th and Sunday May 10th, they’ll be in Kensington Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. The event includes artisans, photographers, illustrators, vintage finds, live music, live art painting and more. Can’t make it that weekend? Check them out Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th. Learn more on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/760984717333706/

3. Midnight Market 

May 29th is Toronto’s next Midnight Market, an overnight pop-up shop at Second Floor Events at 461 King St West. From 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. the market will feature live music, drinks, and street food, not to mention a variety of local retailers selling vintage finds and all things handmade. Stay connected on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MidnightMRKT

4. St. Lawrence Antique Market 

Looking to score that one-of-a-kind-find for your new loft? The St. Lawrence Antique Market is a must. You’ll find everything from folk art to porcelain figurines, 1950s table and decorative ware, paintings, clothing, posters, furniture, and more. Dealers scour the world for their pieces and bring them together every Sunday at the North Market. Doors at 5:00 a.m. Get updates on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SundayAntiqueMarket

5. Arts Market 

Unlike the temporary and pop-up markets throughout the city, the Arts Market is a year-round establishment that showcases more than 120 artistic entrepreneurs. Now with two locations, one in the east and one in the west, the Arts Market is the perfect go-to place for gifts of any kind. Two locations: 1114 Queen Street East, 846 College St. at Ossington. More here: http://www.artsmarket.ca

6. The Gladstone Flea

Organized by DIY expert Laura Hopf, the Gladstone Flea is a curated monthly market in the west. Shoppers can expect the usual flea finds, like handmade jewelry, cards, and clothes, as well as the not-so-typical treasures such as 90s swimsuits and handmade colouring books for kids. Next flea market is May 10th. More information here: http://www.gladstonehotel.com/spaces/gladstone-flea/

7. Parkdale Flea 

If you like your flea markets with a side of java, then the Parkdale Flea is for you. In addition to antiques and vintage finds, collectables, and crafts, this market also boasts food and coffee from Primal Grind. You’ll find reclaimed and repurposed art from Sourced & Salvaged, Jams and jellies from Kitten & the Bear, and watercolour illustrated cards from Gotmago. Entry is free, and four-legged friends are welcome, too! http://www.parkdaleflea.com/

8. Annex Flea 

While on a bit of a hiatus of late, the Annex Flea will return with a vengeance in June. Find that pair of high-waited pants you’ve been looking for since 1991, or set up your home bar à la Don Draper. Live music and admission is free. More info here: http://annexflea.com/