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Customers peruse the wares of vendors at the flea market. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

613flea Returns to Lansdowne Park

By Erika Ibrahim on July 27, 2021

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.

Despite the long line due to capacity limits, market goers did not have to wait very long for their turn to enter the market grounds at Lansdowne Park. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

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.”

Among the pieces for sale at the flea market were original works of art in vintage frames. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

The market opened on a warm sunny day, with a breeze that was occasionally strong enough to knock some vendors’ knickknacks over.

Vendors of antique objects and memorabilia take care to arrange the items and stage their booths. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

Nestled between the vendors was local singer and musician Steph La Rochelle. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

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 of Perdiem Popup poses with his shop’s vintage items and collectibles. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

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.

Patrons of 613flea could look forward to browsing tables brimming with collectibles. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

Audiophiles at the market were able to do some crate digging at the booth run by vendor 5 Ton Records.

Elena Palanza poses with her booth for shop Boy meets Girl Vintage + Collectibles. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

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.

A display presenting a vintage scale along with some vintage mechanical toys. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

Patrons of the market are seen examining unique pieces like vintage wooden crates, playing card decks and retro jigsaw puzzles. Photo by Erika Ibrahim.

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

To learn more and stay up to date on 613Flea, check out their website and Instagram!