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

Summer is the time for ice cream, pools and shopping – but shopping at Toronto’s many boutiques can get pricey. 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 St. E. and Stackt Market at the corner of Front and Bathurst.

Dr. Flea’s Flea Market

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 Dr. 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 Ave. E.

Kensington Flea

The Kensington Flea Bazaar started as an artisan market of vendors from the area that gathered outdoors within the Kensington area. But the market was so popular that the organizers recently opened a permanent location at 66 Kensington Ave. The flea is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesdays to Sundays and features local vendors year-round. The Kensington Flea still hosts seasonal and themed markets if you’re itching for an authentic flea experience!

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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, this market makes for a fun weekend trip for everyone.

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