Our little family is heading to New York City later this month. One place we are hoping to visit is a real, cool and quirky NYC flea market. You know, the kind where you can discover really interesting things that no one else has. Well, what we didn’t realize was that in Toronto we have our very own NYC-style flea market. If you are wondering where to shop in Toronto for plenty of quirky and cool things…you have to make a trip to the Junction Flea.
A Trendy West End Neighbourhood
The Junction is a west end neighbourhood that is named after the “junction” of four railway lines. Keele Street and Dundas Avenue is the main intersection that anchors The Junction. Over the last five to ten years this ‘hood has been slowly filling with artists’ workspaces, dining hot spots and uber-cool design shops. On the second Sunday of every month, the Junction Flea takes over the corner of Dundas Street, West and Indian Grove.
We made our visit to the Junction Flea with the kids, on a hot and sunny Sunday morning. We easily found street parking and were happily greeted by the smell of freshly brewed coffee as we entered the Flea grounds. As we had hoped, we found a fabulous variety of vendors.
Vintage Finds at Junction Flea
The Junction Flea houses around 70 vendors. You will find everything from vintage children’s games and toys to glassware and furnishing from the 50s and 60s. I am such a sucker for vintage textiles and I was not disappointed. There was also a great selection of vendors selling handcrafted new or re-purposed items. I always love to see how people can reinvent old clothing items into something new and totally unique.
The day we went to the Junction Flea was a scorching hot day. Fortunately, there were delicious popsicles and lemonade for sale to cool us all down. We could have easily stayed and eaten lunch at all the yummy food stalls. All in all we had a great time. I’m sure we’ll be making a return trip to seek out more antique treasures.
Where to Shop in Toronto
A few tips for adding a flea market to your list of where to shop in Toronto with kids: (1) set realistic expectations, they will not find the latest Barbie doll for sale; (2) give your kid a budget, if they know how much they are allowed to spend they can spend their money wisely; and (3) educate and engage your kid, there is a lot of joy to be found in sharing stories of your childhood and the new memories that can be made with “old” things.