There’s something about the thrill of the hunt when it comes to shopping at flea markets, whether you’re shopping for clothing, housewares, home décor or antiques. Browsing from booth to booth takes time, but it’s well worth the effort when you come across that one perfect item that you wouldn’t likely find anywhere else. If that sounds like a style of shopping you enjoy, you’re in luck because Toronto has more than a few flea markets worth your foraging time. Some are seasonal, while others are year-round. Some focus more on vintage and antique items, while others highlight locally made and artisanal items. So no matter you’re in the mood to shop for, there’s likely a flea market where you can find it. Here are eight flea markets to shop in Toronto.
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From June to October on the third Sunday of every month, historic Ashbridge Estate in Toronto’s east end is home to Leslieville Flea, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The popular monthly market is where you’ll find everything from antiques and furniture, to upcycled goods, collectibles and vintage clothes and accessories. The relaxed atmosphere makes the market popular with families and there’s usually some food and drink vendors on hand for mid-shopping refreshments. If you happen to miss a market, you can also shop goods from the market online.
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Started in early 2005, Downsview Park Merchants Market is somewhere you can spend a whole day shopping. There are over 500 vendors here selling a wide variety of items including clothing, cosmetics, electronics, home furnishings, housewares and more. Not only that, this flea market is also home to an indoor farmers’ market for anyone who needs to grab some groceries, as well as a chain-free international food court featuring food from around the world, from Mexican and Peruvian, to Pakistani, Indian, Italian and Chinese just to name a few. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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There’s no telling what treasures you might come across among the over 250 booths at Scarborough’s sprawling Merchant’s Flea Market. Housed in 45,000 square feet of retail space, the market offers a wide selection of goods from around the world. Shop clothing, electronics, housewares, toys, games and much more. If you get hungry there are some food outlets on site and there’s even a nail salon should you want to go for a quick manicure before or after browsing the booths. Shop Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Parkdale Flea runs on the second Sunday of every month from April through September from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Queen and Dufferin. Items on offer represent the creative and dynamic Parkdale neighborhood and you can shop for everything from antiques and vintage goods to crafts, jewelery, handmade skin care products and collectables courtesy of 30+ vendors. There’s also food and drink vendors on hand in case you need to refuel as you shop. Admission is free and dogs are welcome. Check them out on Instagram to get a better idea of what you can expect vendor-wise.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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No matter what you’re on the hunt for, with a little digging there’s a good chance you’ll find at this massive flea market selling everything from furniture and custom carpets, to bedding, games, toys, collectables, and electronics. The mega-market is also home to seasonal events like the farmers’ market and outdoor market, which both run between April and October. There’s a food court here offering a variety of international cuisines, as well as two hair salons, a tattoo artist, nail spa and a psychic – so it’s safe to say you won’t be getting bored should you decide to spend a few hours exploring. Shop Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Head over to Etobicoke to forage your way through Dr. Flea’s Flea Market, Toronto’s largest indoor and outdoor flea market. The market began in 1987 with 250 vendors, expanding to 400 in 1992. Now you’ll find a seemingly endless array of vendors selling a huge variety of items that range from jewelery and housewares to clothing, accessories, art, and toys. Hungry shoppers can check out the international food court where there are juice bars and bulk foods, as well as a variety of cuisines including Jamaican, Middle Eastern, Italian and West Indian to name a few. Should you need any fresh produce, there’s also a year-round farmers’ market to check out (indoors in the winter, outside in the summer). Shop Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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St. Lawrence Antique Market
If you’re in the market for some antiques and antique collectables, one of the best places to start your search is at the St. Lawrence Antique Market, which happens every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This weekly market is a great place to go if you’re searching for that perfect one-of-a-kind accessory for your home or other rare finds that makes the time spent foraging so worthwhile. Shop vintage jewelery, books, furniture, photographs and much more. When you’re tired out from antique hunting, head into the St. Lawrence Market South Market for something to eat.
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Super Wonder Gallery on Bloor St. around Ossington Ave. is where you’ll find the Super Flea, which happens every Sunday from 3 to 10 p.m. through to December 4. Dubbed as a “flea market party” this is the place to come and shop for funky vintage finds you might not see anywhere else. Over 35 vendors are on hand selling an eclectic mix of retro, vintage and handmade goods. You’ll also find clothes and accessories courtesy of local designers, collectables, and more depending on which vendors are on hand. DJs and live entertainment create an energetic shopping experience and help turn it into the aforementioned “flea market party.”