Last Sunday it was the Junction, this week Leslieville. Yes, hip flea markets are becoming the rage in T.O. so when I got an email from dealer pal Holly Gnaedinger (Twice Found Again) saying she was diving back into business I happily penciled the date into my calndar. The Leslieville Flea is a new monthly vintage market, smaller than the Junction Flea but no less laid back or smartly turned out.
I found stall after stall to be tastefully styled and let me tell you it was hard editing the photos down to just these few.
On offer were the usual vintage ceramics, lamps, maps, globes, plenty of Pyrex cookware, antique photographic gear, and lots and lots of tin signage. I thought the retro kid stuff below would be fantastic for decorating a nursery.
And the vintage metal stools below were an especially good find, very on-trend and reasonably priced at $90 each.
The “I Dream of Jeannie” rattan suspension lamps that Holly brought would look fab as bedside lamps ($120 the pair) and very nearly came home with me. I also walked away from a pair of lovely and poetic 1960s art prints ($100 the pair) after reminding myself that money and wall space are limited.
In addition to catching up with Holly, it was great to see Mike and Angie, below, from Upside Dive, a shop I miss from the burgeoning Corktown crawl. The Upside sibs have revamped their website and are doing what looks like a well informed blog and selling through Etsy.
Vintage fare aside, I was impressed by the work of a couple of maker vendors, particularly graphic artist Alex Westgate, below, who was selling prints, posters, t-shirts and taking advance orders for his wonderful, whimsical new kids book The Erudite Alphabet. Westgate’s work is reminiscent of the great American artist Charley Harper but with a retro and very childlike perspective.
The other craftsman whose work I admired was Jack Fouracre, below, who brands himself Son of a Woodcutter. Jack is selling an ingenious bottle stand, inset below, fashioned from a simple, precisely cut piece of salvaged barn board; the design relies on physics to keep the bottle suspended in space, a fantastic party trick and wonderful host/ess gift for only $15. I also liked Fouracre’s hairpin leg coffee table/TV stands, check them out on his website.
The Leslieville Flea is running on the third Sunday of the month thru the fall behind the Duke Tavern at Queen Street East and Leslie Street; next market is August 18. I’ll make an effort to check out Toronto’s third hipster market, the Parkdale Flea, on August 4.