Toronto’s popular flea markets offer a vast range of one-of-a-kind finds, including a little bit of everything from antique furniture to handcrafted jewelry, vintage goods, electronics, and more. Each flea market has its own style and flair, making it a choose-your-own-adventure of rummaging fun. Here are the most frequented flea markets in and around Toronto.
Since 1987, Dr. Flea’s in Etobicoke has boasted around 400 vendors and 10,000 visitors every weekend. Located at Highway 27 and Albion Road, Dr. Flea’s has an international food court, an outdoor produce market, cosmetics, hairdressers, and nail salons, collectibles such as stamps and coins, portrait drawings, clothing, and more. The market is open on the weekends from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with free parking and admission.
With 500 vendors promoting their wares every weekend, the Downsview Park Merchants Market offers a vast array of services, products, and items. Here you can find anything from luggage and clothing to massages, furniture, jewelry, and electronics—and in-between shopping and browsing, you can enjoy a meal in the international food court at the back. There are also tattooing and face-painting booths. This market is open on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m, with free admission.
The Toronto Weston Flea Market is an enormous indoor market situated at Old Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West. The Weston Flea contains 60,000 square feet (5,574 square meters) of innumerable goods and curiosities. There is an extensive offering of produce available every weekend, and you can also dig your way through cell phones, shoes, kids’ toys, carpeting, handmade clothing, jewelry, and furniture. The Weston Flea is open year-round on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., with free admission.
On the third Sunday of each month from June to October, the scenic and historic Ashbridge Estate is home to the Leslieville Flea Market, with more than 50 vendors offering a variety of thrift, artisan, upcycled and salvaged goods—from furniture to clothing. If you happen to miss the third Sunday at the Ashbridge Estate, you can also find the Leslieville Flea during the same hours at the Harbourfront Centre on the first Sunday of the month. They also have “pop-up fleas” in the Distillery District during the summer, which is also their indoor winter location.
The Parkdale Flea Market is a trendy event that brings together local artisans, jewelers, vintage lovers and curiosity collectors in one studio loft. Not your average grungy flea market, here you’ll find antique collectibles, craftwork, and designer objects, along with vegan baked goods and cold-pressed juices. The Parkdale Flea is in operation every second Sunday of the month on Queen West.
Operating since 2012, the Junction Flea takes place on the second Sunday of every month. During the spring and summer, it’s an open-air market at Dundas and Keele, and during the colder months, it fills up three floors of the local Great Hall. Specializing in trendy antiques and old-fashioned collectibles, at the Junction Flea, you’ll find vintage items like old records, furniture, and typewriters. There’s also plenty of handmade craft and design items. Admission is $2.