What a gorgeous afternoon we had in Toronto today. And there’s no better way to enjoy the fresh air and blue skies than heading down to the outdoor LESLIEVILLE FLEA http://www.leslievilleflea.com on Queen St East in Toronto.
This was the first time I attended the outdoor version of the ‘Flea, having twice attended the winter version in the Distillery District. What a beautiful garden – the Ashbridge Estate – and every vendor’s tent looked lovely surrounded by greenery and flowers.
There was a groovy little band playing popular music and jazz that drowned out the traffic along Queen Street, and there were definitely a flock of singing birdies somewhere up in the trees. It reminded me of my days back in England when my family would visit the village fete.
I loved the colourful small art pieces and candlesticks of http://www.Leventhal-Vermaat.com (above) then just along from them, I was drawn to a fun, colourful tent featuring new clothes inspired by the past by Renee Soles of http://www.inspirationvintage.ca The groovy panties (below) were simply maaahvelous!
I then walked into – literally – http://www.therefinedpallet.ca and http://www.Rebarn.ca folks with their awesome woodwork, signs and reclaimed doors. I really wanted that big red rooster sign…maybe next time.
Apparently it was “dog day afternoon” at the ‘Flea…and everyone got the memo! I met two gorgeous beasties (below) and now I want a puppy. Gotta keep remembering the stoop-n-scoop-the-poop thing…that’ll cure any yearnings!
The lovely Joanie Loves re-imagines garments and creates luxury dress-up capes and tutus perfect for any princess-hero or super-prince! Everyone had fun at her booth. http://www.joanieloves.ca
Made in Brockton Village (pictured above) is a new vendor and they have some pretty cool graphic posters & cards http://www.facebook.com/madeInBV
My wonderful friends from Whisky & Spice gourmet mustards (below) joined the ‘Flea for the first time and had a blast meeting visitors and sampling their deelish handcrafted flavoured mustards. They also had a draw for a big gift basket of mustards and kitchen goodies so I hope whoever wins the draw enjoys this fabulous prize. http://www.whiskyandspice.ca
Gotta love the folks from the Indie Ale House who kept us all lubricated in the hot sun with their frosty beers. http://www.indiealehouse.com
After a quick drinkies, I visited Sass & Ginger who had some cool vintage bowling souvenirs, trophies and glassware. There were all sorts of interesting nic-nacs plus the friendliest vendor couple! http://www.sassandginger.etsy.com
Found this cute Brownie Handbook (below) at The Chief Salvage Co. ( http://www.thechiefsalvagecompany.com ) – I was immediately reminded of the old Billy Connelly song “In the Brownies” and couldn’t stop humming it as I wandered around the rest of the ‘Flea. Damn it, get outta my head: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtSbnql66j8
The lovely Alicia Bint (pictured below) is a jeweller, illustrator and graphic designer as well as vintage collector who made me feel very welcome in her tent http://www.aliciasinfinity.com
Found some cool buttons, clothing and artwork, courtesy of http://www.crywolfclothing.com (below)
….and I continued strolling around all the other vendors, chatting with them and other visitors as we all enjoyed the Father’s Day sunshine. Next stop was chatting with Elena of 96 Tears (next two photos) http://www.96tears.ca
then more mid-century modern furniture….
As I left, Carolina, an out of town friend and jewellery designer, joined me with her beautiful family for samples at Whisky&Spice…and daddy entered the draw (below).
Thank you to everyone at the Leslieville Flea for another wonderful market. Such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your friends, family and poochies! Next one: Sunday July 20th – mark your calendars…I’ll see you there!