A flea market is an open marketplace where retailers lease a space to sell their goods. Because of the variety of retailers that use the space, flea markets are known for carrying a wide array of products. Many of the products available are ethnic in origin as it is more cost effective for the retailers to sell at the market than from a regular store. Often farmers will bring their crops to farmers’ markets situated at the flea market. Most flea markets are only open on weekends.
Toronto has a few flea markets that are worth checking out. Here is a list of some of the larger markets in the Toronto area:
Downsview Park Farmers and Merchants Market
40 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, M3K 2B6 (Downsview Park – Sheppard Ave. W. and Keele)
(416) 638-2525 or 416-876-7139
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Dr. Flea’s Flea Market
8 Westmore Drive, Toronto, M9V 3Z7 (Highway 27 & Albion Road)
Sat. & Sun. 10 am – 5 pm
1921 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1L 2L6 (Southwest corner of Eglinton Avenue & Warden)
Wed. & Thurs. 10 – 6; Fri. 10 – 8; Saturday & Sunday 10 – 6
Toronto Weston Flea Market
404 Old Weston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6N 3B1 (Old Weston Road & St. Clair Avenue West)
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
In addition to Toronto, there are a huge number of flea markets in the surrounding area. For a listing of flea markets in the rest of Ontario, visit http://www.bestbuys.ca/FleaMarkets/FleaMarkets1.htm.