It’s almost flea market and yard sale season and what better way to start off the spring than a visit to the Leslieville Flea Market held 3rd Sunday of each month down at Toronto’s historic Distillery District…lots of old stuff, new stuff, weird stuff and WTF stuff and I just love it all!
First stop (as always) was to Whisky & Spice, the delicious booze-infused handcrafted mustards created by east-ender Dan Gordon. Dan and his lovely wife Laura held court today (below), offering samples of the Whisky/honey, Porter beer or Riesling wine & apple flavoured mustards. www.whiskeyandspice.ca
Opposite W&S was the Bragg & Bee Vintage Supply Company who offered a very cool 1930’s medical poster. Wouldn’t this look great hanging your doctor’s office? You can find BraggandBee on Facebook.
Found another vendor friend, Sonja from Woo-Hoo Home Decor, Accessories & Collectibles, just next door…I should have just kept walking ’cause I found so many things I wanted and I eventually purchased a gorgeous embroidered picture of sweet peas plus another piece of CarltonWare Australian design (the lovely leaf shaped green plate at the bottom) to match existing pieces I own. Sonja has some stunning vintage CCCP/Russian lacquer ware as well as lots of bunnykins and bunny-themed items just in time for Easter. Find all the treasures on Fcbk: /woohoodecor
Totem Jewelry & Accessories was next, featuring the “arm knitted” collar-scarves…yes, owner Sarah Podemski actually knits these using her arms, not knitting needles. Wow…and so soft and warm. Ideal for these next few chilly weeks before Spring really arrives.
Sandra and Carlos from No.7 Hot Sauce were there, too, hopefully warming up the visitors with their awesome range of spicy, HOT sauces. You can find No.7 Hot Sauce at various farmers’ markets or via their online store, too. http://no7hotsauce.com/
Vintage Dan (below) was opposite Sandra & Carlos and his collection of vintage finds was pretty eclectic and wild.
…and below, here’s some fabulous bling from www.BlackIrisdesign.com. Designer Iris will custom make rings to fit your finger size so do check out her website to see some of her cool sparklies.
I ran into Sacha from Douglas + Son who had some awesome early/mid-20th century vintage collectibles including early 20th century school maps and a great floor lamp with a very industrial design (pictured below). Check out their Instagram account for more vintage treasures: @douglasandson
Cute as a button Emily Green (below) introduced her line of Rhode & Rue Cosmetics – high quality ingredients, great range of lipstick colours – check out the full range at www.rhodeandrue.com
Then in the next booth I found the charming Paper Hearts designs, featuring hand-crafted painted vinyl clutches, wee purses and make-up bags as well as adorable cards. See the rest of the goodies here: www.shoppaperhearts.com
One of the newest vendors at the Flea is Dcora Pillows, beautifully handmade pillow and cushion covers that make it so easy to change your decor without spending a fortune on new furniture. Congratulations to owner Myriam Jimenez (centre in photo below, flanked by her daughters), originally from Colombia, for introducing her exquisite fabrics to Toronto. Check out the full range here: http://www.dcora.madeurban.com/
And below, here’s Aussie woodsman, Matt Obst, who re-purposes industrial wood and metal into one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories. Visit his gallery http://www.obstwood.com Matt does commissioned works as well.
The lovely lady from Gold Apothecary (below) introduced me to her line of bath and body products, all of which smelled deeeevine! Pity the internet doesn’t have “scratch-n-sniff” but check out her luxurious treats for your skin (and nose) at www.goldapothecary.com
Also reconnected with Cassandra (below) from www.chicmadeconsciously.com which offers unique wearable art made from recycled inner tubes! These beautiful rubber latticework bracelets, cuffs and even bags are super cute and very durable…plus you’re helping the planet. We all win with Cassandra!
One of my fave new vendors (I’d never seen them before) was Shop Betty, curated vintage kitsch including these adorable eggie cups (below)…and although I’ve seen many Indian motorcyles, I’d never seen an Indian stepladder before…LOL! Thanks to Cindy & Melanie for sharing all the info on your wares. www.shopbetty.ca
www.MyFrugalFather.com offers some pretty elegant vintage blankets that are hand dipped dyed, some trimmed with a patterned blanket cut up, some mended and some Hudson Bay Blankets & Canadian made blankets from the 60’s. Their site is still under construction but you can follow them on Instagram @myfrugalfather
Was pleased to meet Jessica D’Silva of Avani Creations (below) recycling and upcycling leather and fabric from South Asia. Avani also has a wide selection of porcelain door knobs and drawer pulls so you can add a little pizzazz to old furniture or cupboards. www.avanicreations.com
Now meet Justin Roth of Daily City Train, who takes great photos of musicians on stage, places and things, then creates unique coasters with the images. Great conversation pieces, esp. if you’re fans of the cutting edge Toronto musicians he features. www.dailycitytrain.com
Next to Justin was his good friend and fellow artisan Felica Victoria Laplume who handcrafts pretty soy candles for her company Citchen Candle Co. Felicia’s candles threw a soft golden hue across the table and made everything look soft and sexy. www.citchencandleco.com
…and a few more random shots from another fun visit to the Leslieville Flea market. Don’t forget, 3rd Sunday of each month. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and check out the website for news and vendor profiles. See you next month! http://leslievilleflea.com/