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Flea markets in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 12, 2013

Toronto Flea MarketsToronto flea markets are treasure troves of awesome. Each one brings out tons of local artisans, antique dealers, vintage clothing collectors, and snack shops. Dr. Flea's Flea Market is one of the longest-running setups, but now there are Brooklyn Flea inspired flea markets cropping up across the city, from the Junction to Parkdale to Leslieville.

Aside from the vendors, the best thing about Toronto fleas is the energy. People are usually in a hurry to get from one place to another in our vast metropolis, but at flea markets, they just slow right down and go with the flow.

Here is a list of all of the top flea markets in the Toronto area.

Junction FleaThe Junction Flea
The Junction Flea has been going down since last summer, and it takes place on the second Sunday of each month. In the warmer months, it's hosted outdoors in a lot at Dundas and Keele, and in the winter it takes over all three floors of The Great Hall. The focus here is on transporting us back to our grandparents' slightly musty but treasure-filled basements: the Junction Flea is usually brimming with especially trendy antiques like type writers, records, furniture, art and other time-trippin' goods. Admission is $2.

Gladstone FleaThe Gladstone Flea
The Gladstone Flea is a civilized affair. Held in the first-floor bar area of the Gladstone Hotel, the Gladstone Flea is a phenomenal spot to hunt for vintage clothing and gifts made by local artisans like home decor designers Said the King and She Said Jewelry. The Gladstone Flea is held once per month. Admission is free.

parkdale flea torontoThe Parkdale Flea
The inaugural Parkdale flea went down last weekend, to great success. Vendors served up everything from mini-doughnuts to vintage dresses and oldschool Polaroids. The nostalgia factor was accompanied by a fair selection of new, locally made clothing and accessories, too, from horsehair necklaces made by Flock to 1% t-shirts with funny screen prints. The Parkdale Flea takes place at 1266 Queen St. West and admission is free.

leslieville flea torontoThe Leslieville Flea
Many treasure hunting, antique collecting Leslievillains used to be sad that they had to treck all the way to the Junction to hit up that excellent hood's flea. Now, their spirits are eased, as they started up their own flea market this summer, taking place on the third Sunday of each month. The first one was just a few weeks ago, behind The Duke at Queen and Leslie. Creative folk selling everything from vintage and reclaimed goods to locally made art made the day a smash hit. Vendors included the likes of She's Crafty, Province Apothecary, and Beach Girl Art. Free admission.

Dr. Flea's Flea Market
Founded in 1987, Dr. Flea's in Etobicoke (at Highway 27 and Albion Road) bills is a sizable affair, with 400 vendors and about 10,000 visitors each weekend. There's an outdoor produce market, an international food court, cosmetics, baby stuff, car products, collectibles like stamps and coins, clothing, nail salons, hairdressers, and...lingerie? This place is basically a flea-mall, and well worth the drive to Etobicoke. Dr. Flea's is open on the weekends from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and parking and admission are both free.

weston flea market torontoToronto Weston Flea Market
The Toronto Weston Flea Market has more of overal "things" than some of the other fleas. It's a massive indoor market in a humongous, sprawling building at Old Weston Rd. and St. Clair Ave. W. If you decide to check it out, you might want to bring comfy shoes, as it's over 60,000 square feet of...well, countless items. Produce is a major draw for many, but you'll also find such myriad items as kids' toys, shoes, jerk chicken, carpeting, machetes and furniture. The Weston flea is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., admission is free, and it operates year-round.

Merchant's Flea Market
The Merchant's Flea Market at Eglinton and Warden is kind of a ratchety flea, focused on its bargainness in much the same way as Honest Ed's. This flea is pretty comprehensive, though, I have to say. You'll find everything from a nail salon to a pet store, as well as clothes, toys and electronics. You can play poker at Merchant's Flea, or divine your future by visiting a psychic. Over 250 vendors hawk their various wares every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For a further glimpse of this northern flea, check out their Facebook page.

Downsview Park Merchant's Market
The Downsview Park Merchant's Market is home to 600 vendors each weekend, and those vendors sell an incredibly wide range of services and...items. Everything from massages to sportswear to luggage to furniture to iPods and sewing machines is on offer each Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Don't miss the delicious food court at the back. Admission is free.

Junction Flea photo by odinocki in the blogTO Flickr pool



Kate / July 12, 2013 at 09:50 am
"...has more of the things than some of the other fleas."
"... focused on its bargainness..."

You might want to do some editing.
Marcus replying to a comment from Kate / July 12, 2013 at 10:00 am
I'll second that. There is a landslide of spelling and grammar errors on blogTO posts as of late. Also, there are a lot of run-on sentences and sentences that just do not make sense. I can't imagine that any of these posts are read by a real live editor.
? / July 12, 2013 at 10:39 am
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guile replying to a comment from Marcus / July 12, 2013 at 10:43 am
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pz / July 12, 2013 at 11:04 am
Glad to see the grammar and spelling police are out in full force! :/
alfio guiducci / July 12, 2013 at 11:41 am
in Italia di mercatini ce ne sono molti però sono diventsti troppo cari..Quello che mi piace a Toronto vendita nel garage di fianco alla casa ..Si va in comune chiedi un permesso per vendere le cose che in casa non si possono più utilizzare..Mi è piaciuto tantissimo ..Io tornata in Italia sono andata alla mia circoscrizione la XII..Abitando in una via privata e disponendo di spazio avrei voluto vendere qualche cosa che mi era rimasta di mia madre e anche mia...Ma siamo pazzi non sono cose ammesse ...Devi dare i soldi a loro che organizzano i mercatini ...è tutto un giro occulto !!!
Kate replying to a comment from pz / July 12, 2013 at 11:55 am
I'm not the grammar police (not that anal yet), but I like articles to make sense and have real words in them. I suspect some people rip their articles late at night and/or from phones and miss words.

Might check out the junction flea, but don't like paying admission to browse.

cathie / July 12, 2013 at 03:17 pm
A couple of these vendors appear to be lacking in quantity of inventory.
fleaplea replying to a comment from cathie / July 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm
What, you don't want a giant wrench?
Jack1 / July 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm
Does anyone know if they still have that awesome flea market at Dixie Value Mall?
NoLiTann / July 17, 2013 at 09:51 am
Wait how bad do the spelling and grammar have to be for the police to be called? I mean, in an article that, while accompanied by pictures, is presumably meant to be read, and to transmit ideas and emotions to the reader? Does someone's cat have to walk across the keyboard before people can complain?
Tony replying to a comment from Jack1 / July 22, 2013 at 01:15 pm
They do and its still awesome.
Bridesmaid Designers / July 27, 2013 at 01:48 pm
Beautiful…thank you for taking us there!
Anthony replying to a comment from Jack1 / July 28, 2013 at 01:19 pm
Yes, there is also a flea market at Dixoe Outlet Mall. It's called the fantastic Flea Marke and is located in the basement of the mall. main entrance by Sears and Tim Horton's.
Steve Hughes / September 25, 2013 at 11:56 am
We just thought your readers might like to know more about Greater Toronto's LARGEST flea & jewellery market.

Points about our Market:

Over 18,000 customers every weekend.
Over 1000 vendors under one roof
Over 155,000 square feet of bargains
Over 23 years established.

Open year-round
Huge free parking
ATM's on site
Ziggy replying to a comment from Steve Hughes / November 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm
What's the name of the market? Where is it located?
jo replying to a comment from pz / December 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Who cares about the spel. and gram. as long as u understand the message. Focus on the message.
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Nathalie-Roze Fischer / July 21, 2014 at 04:20 pm
UPDATE: The Summer edition of the Leslieville Flea now takes place at the very charming Ashbridge Estate (QueenE, just E. of Greenwood)- the 3rd Sunday of each month through to October, featuring 40+ Handmade & Vintage vendors. Next one is: August 17th, 10am to 5pm.
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teri / December 19, 2014 at 03:02 am
I think you may have forgotten the best and oldest flea market in the GTA. The Fantastic Flea Market on the lower level of Dixie Outlet Mall. Where in FACT a lot of other vendors find their stock. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. There is an eclectic array of treasures. Antiques, jewelry, electronics, records, anything a true market would have.
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Erik / January 5, 2016 at 03:36 pm
You should all check out Toronto and Canada's largest indoor market just 20 minutes from downtown Toronto! Pickering Flea Market has over 500 vendors, a 22,000 sq ft antique mall and an amazing international food court!
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