bunz flea market toronto

Inside the first ever Bunz Flea market in Toronto

The first ever Bunz flea market kicked off last night bringing the trade-and-barter spirit offline and into the ballroom at the Gladstone Hotel. And crowds poured in carrying bags of tradable goods hoping to score to unique gifts, crafts and other artisanal items.

bunz flea market toronto

"I thought it would be amazing to bring all the talent that is on Bunz into a trading market," says Bunz Flea co-organizer Alanna Matysek. About a year ago, she founded her greeting card business Matty Play with Paper on Bunz so she wanted to give back to the community. She started this market with Natalie Boustead and they put a call out for vendors on various Bunz Facebook groups (or zones).

bunz flea market toronto

They got around 100 applicants and narrowed it down to about 30 vendors. Last night, they all packed into the ballroom. It was squishy, but in a good way. The market felt intimate - kind of like you were sorting through knick-knacks at a cozy apartment.

bunz flea market toronto

Along with the various artisans, there were also some vendors on site offering services. A financial advisor set up at the front of the room beside a poet (writing custom poems) and a tarot card reader. This, Matysek says, was supposed to differentiate the Bunz flea from other local markets.

bunz flea market toronto

Of course, you could have also gone cashless here. Many vendors put up signs listing what they were in search of (ISO) and many said they were also open to fun trades. Would-be buyers definitely got creative.

bunz flea market toronto

I saw a couple schlepping around a bag filled with a random assortment of goods to trade with and one vendor showed me an awesome pair of cat socks they got in exchange for a small porcelain dish.

bunz flea market toronto

I came armed with a gift card (a hot Bunz currency) and some food and ended up trading two boxes of spaghetti for two delicious chocolate chip cookies from Bake Sale! Bake Sale! Bake Sale!

bunz flea market toronto

If you missed out last night, the next Bunz Flea is happening on Monday, December 12 at the Gladstone Hotel. Just a hint, most vendors were ISO of tokens, tall cans and art - be prepared.

bunz flea market toronto

Photos by Jesse Milns.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Fashion & Style

10 holiday gift ideas in Toronto for your significant other

10 holiday gift ideas for the stylish guy in Toronto

Toronto entrepreneur bringing African fashion to the mainstream

Chinese consumers are boycotting Canada Goose over Huawei

The top 10 general contractors in Toronto

10 holiday gift ideas in Toronto for the stylish woman on your list

BiWay store coming back to Toronto next year

The top 10 new stores for holiday shopping in Toronto