Guest post by The Leslieville Flea
The Leslieville Flea is a monthly flea market in Toronto with over 50 vendors selling vintage, salvage, upcycled goods, handcrafted items, furniture, records and more. We’ve moved indoors for the winter to the Fermenting Cellar at 28 Distillery Lane in the Distillery District. NEXT DATE: Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There are some terrific new vendors coming this month to The Leslieville Flea on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fermenting Cellar of Toronto’s Historic Distillery District. For a complete listing of all the vendors and for more information about The Leslieville Flea, visit our website.
For years, Debbie dreamed of having a farm overflowing with animals. An opportunity presented itself and before long, Debbie and Shain from Haute Goat were chaperones to 6 horses, 20 Nigerian dwarf goats, 24 chickens, a dozen barn cats + 2 domestic, 2 to 4 dogs depending on the weekend, 18 ducks, one coyote – scratch the 18 ducks, and an ever-increasing line-of-credit. They created Haute Goat, a purveyor and celebration of all things goat starting with our decadent goat cheese chocolates, sinfully smooth hand creams, soaps and indulgent goat milk carmel sauces.
Haute Goat joined us in January 2014 at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District and we are happy to welcome them back this month to the February 23 Leslieville Flea.
Sudsatorium also debuted at the January Flea and is back again on February 23rd with their 100% Fair Trade, Organic, Vegan Soaps. Sudsatorium began out of curiosity. An article in Chatelaine about how to create your own soap using three ingredients – fat, lye and water – got the ball rolling. But how to take such a ubiquitous product and make it their own? The answer was simple: use the best quality ingredients possible to craft a bar that is not only effective and great to use but represented their own social and moral ideals: fair trade, healthy living, veganism and social responsibility.
Shop Betty is a mother and daughter team made up of Melanie, who lives in the city, and her mom Cindy, who lives in the country. They both have a love for vintage finds, salvaged goods, and items that are just off-beat enough to make us smile. ‘Betty’ is Melanie’s alter ego – a tea party throwing, whiskey drinking gal with a hot temper, soft soul, warm home and lots of sass. You can enjoy the rewards of their many hours hunting the province for treasures by stopping by the Shop Betty booth at the next Leslieville Flea, Sunday February 23, 2014.
Not new to the Leslieville Flea, but Erica herself hasn’t been here for a while so we wanted to reintroduce her to you.
Erica is a musical theatre actor and vintage huntress who collects statement pieces from all eras while she travels across the U.S. and Canada with “We Will Rock You” a.k.a. The Queen musical. With the help of her very cool parents, she runs her online shop and loves the opportunity to meet Toronto shoppers in person at events like The Leslieville Flea. Travelling across countries in search of vintage treasures makes for some interesting stories of the thrill of the find. We are lucky enough that Erica will be joining us for the February Flea while she is in Toronto after being on the road for seven months. Stop by and check out her amazing vintage finds and chat.
Joining us in January and once again February 23, 2014 at the Fermenting Cellar in Distillery District is Hey Pomelo. They are a small online shop creating hand sewn organic baby goods such as bibs, diaper bags and blankets. Manny and Charmaine, the owners, are parents to one very active toddler. Charmaine has a background in food and agriculture, while Manny’s background is in music and retail merchandising. Their creations are functional and gorgeous. Visit Hey Pomeo at the next Leslieville Flea on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in the Fermenting Cellar at the Distillery District from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Merry Macs Antiques
Merry Macs Antiques’ business is based upon the concept that collecting, using and displaying antiques and vintage items is not only rewarding in its own right, but is a socially responsible undertaking. They work with a professional furrier from Oshawa to repurpose vintage fur apparel into modern styled fur accessories.
“Merry Macs Antiques” is derived from the name of the owner’s cottage that has been in the family for over three generations. Their store, the Argyle Blacksmith Shop (featured in the 2006 Doors Open Ontario – Kawartha Lakes) is a historical, as well as a significant landmark in Kawartha Lakes.
Catch Merry Macs in Toronto at The Leslieville Flea on February 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar.
The French Laundry
Patti Rooke from The French laundry loves antique white linens and iron beds. She owns an historic 1867 farmhouse in Caledon, Ontario where her antiques fit perfectly. Originally, when redoing one of the rooms, the wallpaper was stripped for repainting. Patti liked the effect so much, that she left the walls as they were. Patti has been an antique dealer for the past 20 years, but has been collecting most of her life. She also recreates clothing, pillows, bedding and accessories from mostly vintage white cotton.
Vera’s Vintage Home
Samantha from Vera’s Vintage Home says: “You can take the girl out of Yorkshire, but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the girl.” I’ve always had a passion for vintage, make-do-and-mend and shabby chic, a love fostered by my Yorkshire grandmother. I take great delight in finding beautiful, charming, and pre-loved items just waiting to be enjoyed once again. I work in an office through the week but, ever the romantic, I dream of being able to run my own little business sourcing these treasures for myself and others. Samantha is a bit of a history buff and finding very old pieces relatively intact or just needing a bit of love thrills her. Who used it? Where did it come from? How has it survived? She recently found a transferware cup and saucer from the mid-18th century in perfect condition.
Visit her at the next Leslieville Flea on Sunday February 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar.
Salam from Kuru Accessories is a great example of someone who has reinvented herself time and again. After quitting her career in 2004, she wanted to live a life more simple, which led her to making her signature feather earrings and selling them. Her dedication to a handmade life would take her traveling for the next 10 years and she became a seasoned street artist selling on the streets of New York. She has participated in young designer markets, trade shows and a staple artist on Spring Street in Manhattans Soho area. Kuru has recently returned to Toronto and is pleased to be in such good company at the Leslieville Flea.
Come see these wearable works of art at the next Leslieville Flea in the Fermenting Cellar on February 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.