Junction Flea Market

Junction Flea Market

On rainy Sundays like today, it’s hard to get the motivation to get out of bed. But I’m happy I had a reason to get out of bed and onto the TTC, because there was a lot happening on West Queen West, even with the rain. Although it wasn’t ideal weather for a stroll through Trinity Bellwoods Park, the monthly Junction Flea Market was on, and I managed to score some goodies. But first, comes brunch.

I got the classic ALT (Avacado, Lettuce, Tomato) breakfast at The Drake Hotel. Coupled with a latte and good company, it was a delightful and light breakfast. We were celebrating the across-the-pond send-off of this girl…

A dedicated foodie and blogger, Steph of Snacking on Sunshine (check out her blog for mouth-watering recipes) is off to do a study abroad. Afterwards, we went vintage shopping and stumbled upon some gorgeous accessories in brown leather with gold accents. At 69 Vintage, Steph snatched up a pair of brown booties with lion head grommets (beyond any pair I’ve ever seen) and we crossed the road to hit up the Junction Flea.

Located in the Great Hall on Queen Street, for $5 admission, you have access to a curated selection of curiosities. Everything from antlers to aviator sunglasses.

Vintage jewelry-favourite Magwood had some items on display, including elegant brooches and statement necklaces. Perfect gifts for that person with a high level of taste.

Other vendors worked in the yuletide theme, but I wish there was a selection of vintage ornaments. I’m always a sucker for anything glass and from the 1960s.

Standard hipster flea-market fare included a vintage eyeglass stand and vintage cameras, which would make the perfect objet d’art for your bookshelf.

I made a bee-line for this assortment of leather bags. Curated by the Emporium by Imissyou (the storefront is located next door to the Imissyou shop on Ossington), there were vintage leather backpacks, crossbody bags and cute bow-tie clips for the gentleman in your life. Steph snagged two bags: a dainty oak-coloured leather mini bag with a brass seashell on the front, and a brown vintage Coach City Bag, arguably the most functional bag of life.

I too, snagged this medium-sized Coach City bag in British Tan. I have a feeling it will almost take up as much space in my heart as its black predecessor.

The market also had some small food vendors offering some fuel for the holiday flea market shoppers.

Overall, I liked the variety of the vendors and items on sale and the balance between old and new, but I would have loved it if some of the home accessory booths had more Christmas-dedicated offerings. I won’t be running back to the next Junction Flea, but I will definitely keep the event in my mind the next time a friend is in the mood for vintage shopping, because it conveniently placed numerous vendors under one roof.