5 Toronto flea markets to squeeze out every last drop of summer

We were all so excited for stores and shops to open up, but now that they have, they’ve only become even more congested. That’s why people are fleeing to markets instead. We’ve gathered a list of some of the city’s best flea markets that you’ll want to check out for some original and affordable finds.

The Leslieville Flea

Since 2013, the Leslieville Flea has been one of Toronto’s favourite markets for serious collectors and local artists. After beginning in the parking lot of Duke Tavern, this market has popped up at locations across the city, offering a lively community centre for a variety of vendors selling furniture, vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles. The Leslieville Flea is running on select Saturdays through summer and fall outdoors at Ashbridge Estate at 1444 Queen Street East and Stackt Market at the corner of Front and Bathurst.

Dr. Flea’s Flea Market

 

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With a variety of over 400 vendors, Dr. Flea’s Flea Market is the largest indoor market in Toronto. This award-winning market has just reopened to feature something for the whole family. But it’s not your average market. Inside, customers will find key cutting, jewellery repair, and computer repairs. The Etobicoke market features fresh produce. Dr. Flea’s Flea Market is located at 8 Westmore Drive and open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Merchants Flea Market

In the heart of Scarborough, this indoor market hosts over 250 booths with distinctly local businesses. Merchant’s Flea Market has been in operation since 1988 and provides 45,000 square feet of affordable products including electronics, crafts, and collectibles. This market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at 1921 Eglinton Avenue East.

Parkdale Flea

 

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This Queen West market is a staple for local creatives looking for the trendiest, most unique items in the city. Parkdale Flea has been running markets within the area and throughout the city since 2012, expanding to include all kinds of arts, jewelry, vintage, food and drink vendors. Follow the organization’s Instagram or check their website for information on upcoming markets. Their next event is the Good Vibes mini market, hosted on August 21 and 22 at 128A Sterling Rd.

Downsview Park Merchant’s Market

With everything from home décor and furniture to sports memorabilia and cookware, Downsview Park Flea Market has something for everyone. This North York market features 10,000 square feet of grocery space, alongside a kids’ arcade to keep even the young ones entertained while you shop. From 10am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays, this market makes for a fun weekend trip for everyone.

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