Low prices and some dusty vintage stuff – probably that is what comes to your mind while hearing the term 'flea market'. This word's meaning changed a lot from its unpleasant origin which referred to Paris's shabby second-hand markets where used furniture was often inconveniently full of certain blood-sucking parasites. Today, it is a place where vendors come to sell or trade their goods, mainly vintage, but also various new handmade items. Since we have a great variety of regular thrift events, our photo essay is documenting the vibrant atmosphere of Vancouver's most popular flea markets. Have a look into the city's best resources for everything (not only) old and stylish!
Eastside Flea Market
Address: Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
Once a month, the Wise Hall turns to an exciting place where handmade and recycled items, records or clothing change owners. Launched in March 2013, The Eastside Flea Market has grown quickly and brought a fresh twist to Vancouver's local shopping scene. There are mainly modern and affordable items on offer in the $1-$150 price range, but most vendors sell in the $10-$20 area. As the founders, Jull and Linda noted, the idea was to create a modern, community-based event with a good mix of carefully curated vendors so each market can be completely different.
The Eastside Flea also brings a few market events around Vancouver every month: the next one is the UBC Market on November 12-13, and the traditional Wise Hall Flea is returning on the 22nd of November so these are perfect choices if you want to start your Christmas shopping early. Keep yourself updated about their news by following the Eastside Flea's website or Facebook page!
Vancouver Flea Market
Address: 703 Terminal Avenue
Taking place in a red industrial building also known as the "Big Red Barn", the Vancouver Flea Market is in operation since 1983.
We are the largest covered market in the lower mainland for all year long yardsale. The market is close to 40,000 sqft with 360 tables under one roof and approximately 4000 visitors per weekend
refers the official website. We went in to see whether that holds true and, as you can see on the photos, there's really a lot of stuff to go through.
What can you buy here? Filled with something for everyone, the Vancouver Flea is a place full of vintage clothing, travel artifacts, antiques, housewares, electronics and various tools. Some of the items fit the description of one man's trash but another person's treasure while others are truly one of a kind unique and vintage pieces. If you got a thing for some serious collectibles, you're at the right place, too: the Vancouver Flea Market is also the venue for the popular Antiques and Collectibles Show where you can spend hours and hours looking for the next special addition to your collection.
Both the flea market's Facebook page and Instagram profile are well updated not only with event information, but also with photos of treasures waiting for their next owner to come.
Meet The Photographer: Kevin Eng
Kevin's passion for photography has encouraged others to see the splendor and beauty of nature right at their doorstep, as he captures the sights of the day, and colors and mystery of world while it sleeps. Many of the subjects of his work are based locally in his hometown in Vancouver, B.C., where he first discovered his fascination with night photography. Kevin is currently working as a music teacher, music director for his church, and landscape photographer.