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The Leslieville Flea brings flea markets to the east side

Posted by Ab Velasco / June 17, 2013

Leslieville FleaAt the Leslieville Flea, despite a rainy start, the sun and the community came out in support of the neighbourhood's inaugural flea market, which took place behind The Duke at Queen and Leslie.

The market takes place on the third Sunday of every month. Twenty three vendors offered an eclectic range of items - from antiques to vintage and salvaged items, art, hand-crafted designs and clothing.

In an age where websites like Etsy are a staple for art, crafts and vintage finds, a flea market is the perfect way to bring out the community, says co-founder Christine Roberts. "It embodies everything that the city is. Toronto is a mix of cultures, of people and there is something for everyone in the Flea."

As the Flea grows, Roberts says they will be selective in how they curate the show. "We're looking for originality and we don't want too many people who sell the same kind of things."

Below is a list of eight vendors who caught my eye at the inaugural event.

She's Crafty
Nothing satisfies antique lovers more than reworking salvaged building material into a new item of beauty and function - or better yet, buying already re-imagined pieces. Items on sale included windows converted into chalkboards and an airplane food storage case waiting for a visionary to reinvent it.

Designer Brian Tuan Vu offers a collection of authentic military clothing that he has acquired, reworked and dyed by hand. Jackets, pants, shirts, tees, and other items are grounded in military roots but re-imagined for an urban setting and sensibility.

Province ApothecaryProvince Apothecary
Looking for aromatherapy? Founder and certified Holistic Health Practitioner Julie Clark offers an array of natural skin care products - from essential oils to herbs. She says that as her knowledge developed, she was able to create products that can help clear eczema and improved skin allergies and asthma.

Beach Girl Art
Beaches resident and artist Jenna Westphal celebrates her local community through her photography, oil paintings and mixed media art. The petite pieces on display were timely for the summer and perfect for any setting, as you yearn for the outdoors.

Crown FloraCrown Flora Studio
Handmade bags and mason jar terrariums - miniature landscapes with living plants, such as air plants and succulents - sound like an unusual juxtaposition, but it works in a charming and minimalist way. The recently-opened Parkdale-based store continues to delight with its marriage of textile and nature.

This certified vintage shop is inspired by and dedicated to exploring Scandinavian and North American modernist design. Many of their selectively hand-picked shop items - which include jewelry, furniture and other home items, and vintage clothing - were on sale at the Flea.

Rong DesignsRong Designs
Furniture designer Jennifer Rong has channeled her love for wood and junk into art and design, creating a line of furniture, home decor and even jewelry - all based on wood. Items on display included a beautiful oval coffee table, earrings and necklaces, and a custom-made wooden clock.

Broody Hens Designs
There was even something at the Flea for those looking for baby gifts. Owner and designer Lisa Edgar has turned a hobby of creating gifts for her friends' baby showers into a charming business - offering hand-made onesies and other clothing, blankets, quilts, pillows, and even custom art for kids.

Photos by Jesse Milns



cara / June 17, 2013 at 10:49 am
Loved it! Can't wait to see the vendors bring more items now that they have a feel for the high-demand in the area. Was glad to see the sun came out. Would love to see some more home decor stuff like vintage signs, maps and affordable furnishings.
Leslie Fruman / June 17, 2013 at 10:49 am
Loved browsing through all the vendors wares at the Flea! Welcome to the hood, and continued success! Hope to participate myself later this year. The flea has a great vibe.
El Nikodor / June 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Really impressive. I would have to agree with Leslie ^^^ - really nice vibe, cannot wait to see how this develops over time!
Diana / June 18, 2013 at 12:33 am
What an awesome Flea! I scored some wonderful finds! Can't wait to go back...again and again!
Katrina / June 18, 2013 at 11:04 am
Wish I knew about this when vendors were being secured. My vintage shop on Jones Ave would be a perfect fit. We're St. Lawrence veterans and upcycle too! Perhaps I can get in on the next round. :-)
Stella / June 18, 2013 at 08:02 pm
It was a great flea! But what a crappy review/overview here. In my opinion you missed all of the "real" standout vendors that were there. Nice going, blogto.
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