Almost one week after Ontario officially entered the third stage of its reopening plan, local flea market 613flea opened with more than 80 vendors to patrons on Saturday, July 24.
The market was a boon for those yearning to scavenge hidden treasures, craving something handmade, or simply wanting to get out and support local merchants. Likewise, some of the artisans and vendors said they were happy to be a part of the market after its long hiatus due to public health restrictions.
“It was a bit rapid-fire getting it up and running but it’s exciting to be back to work after a year and a half, and doing an event where the public can come,” says Catherine Knoll, market manager of 613flea.
Unlike previous iterations of 613flea which were held within the Aberdeen Pavilion, this year’s launch took place outside in Lansdowne Park. The event had capacity limits and required customers to don masks and physically distance. Knoll says the remainder of the season’s markets will also be held outside.
In the past six years, she says, the market normally has about 150 vendors at a given time.
Addressing potential market goers, Knoll says, “Come out and support local, and have some fun at the same time.”
The market opened on a warm sunny day, with a breeze that was occasionally strong enough to knock some vendors’ knickknacks over.
Market goers who walked up and down the columns of vendors could hear the vocal stylings of local musician and songstress Steph La Rochelle, who performed acoustic covers of hits like Blondie’s “Call Me” and “Wonderwall” by Oasis.
Bernard Prévost and his sister Joanne Prévost are the sibling co-runners of Perdiem Popup. Bernard says that this is the first time their shop has been selected to take part in 613flea. He says that he believes previously loved items carry hidden stories, and he loves being able to connect customers with objects that resonate.
Elena Palanza, owner of Boy meets Girl Vintage + Collectibles, says she had to pay close attention to her display to make sure no items were tipped over by the wind and damaged.
The 613flea market will be held on these dates in the future, from 10am to 4pm:
- August 14
- August 28
- September 4
- September 25
- October 9
- October 16
- November 20