Sep 302013
 

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Friends and I often attend events at the  St. Lawrence Market  and our favourite has to be the Executive Chef Series in the Miele Gallery in the Market Kitchen.  To be honest, any foodie event in this historical building is fabulous.  I am proud to say, National Geographic names the St. Lawrence Market the #1 Food Market in the WORLD!

I had never been to this antique market and was excited to check it out.
Perhaps it could be a venue for my business.
We’ll see.

It was a PERFECT Ontario fall day with warm seasonable temperatures and lots of sun.  The Sunday antique market opens at 5:00 a.m.  but I arrived around 10 and some vendors were just finishing setting up.  The tables and booths are both inside and out.  The outside area is in front of the building and there is a lovely courtyard beside the building with trees and benches.  There  was  a HUGE variety of items for sale.  Some typical.  Some interesting.  Some down right weird, as you will see in  my photos.

Come along and enjoy a piece of my beautiful city, Toronto!

Let’s start Outside of the Historic Market building

Front view, looking east. Note the construction cones. There's always construction everywhere.  Paddington's Pump on the right is open for breakfast. They are famous for their Reuben sandwiches.

Front view, looking east. Note the construction cones. There’s always construction everywhere. Paddington’s Pump on the right is open for breakfast. They are famous for their Reuben sandwiches.

Looking west: old meets new. The  curved building is called the "L Tower" and will be 57 stories and 600 luxurious condo suites.

Looking west: old meets new. The curved building is called the “L Tower” and will be 57 stories and 600 luxurious condo suites.

Front Facade. The large second floor windows on the right is the location of the Market Kitchen.

Front Facade. The large second floor windows on the right is the location of the Market Kitchen.

East side of the Main Market. The building runs a city block.

East side of the Main Market. The building runs a city block.

West side of Main building has outdoor restaurant seating for Paddington's Pump.

West side of Main building has outdoor restaurant seating for Paddington’s Pump.

These red banners are everywhere and WHY NOT?

These red banners are everywhere and WHY NOT?

Now, Let’s have a look at the North Building
where the Sunday Market takes place.

The not so historically beautiful North Building.  Front Street entrance

The not so historically beautiful North Building. Front Street entrance

Vendor stalls in front of the North Building and trucks unloading

Vendor stalls in front of the North Building and trucks unloading

Farmer / Food Vendor carts waiting for next week.

Farmer / Food Vendor carts waiting for next week.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard. Great place to sip coffee and people watch

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard. Great place to sip coffee and people watch

Shall we go inside now?

Love the vintage signs. The North Building is also used for the farmers' market on Saturdays.

Love the vintage signs. The North Building is also used for the farmers’ market on Saturdays.

Hundreds of vendors, tables and people and it's only 10:15 a.m

Hundreds of vendors, tables and people and it’s only 10:15 a.m

Okay!  Let’s have a look around!

The following photos are from stalls both inside and outside.  There was just so many cool items and artisan’s work, I could have taken photos all day.

Beware, the photo list is LONG!

I was a good girl and only bought one thing I will show you later and it was a gift.  Here we go!

Sweet cherubs

Sweet cherubs

Blue themed display.  I think I want that dog!

Blue themed display. I think I want that dog!

Vintage china.  So beautiful!

Vintage china. So beautiful!

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I fell in love with this Norwegian made wool blanket. But at $150, I had to give it a pass.

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In this display we have an antique cradle and an axe and a cleaver. Is it just me or is this a bit creepy?

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Like I said earlier… some weird stuff.

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I am not entirely sure what these are. I am thinking music box or piano but they are usually in a cylinder.  Maybe it’s weaving ?? I should have asked!

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Antique Spice rack. A place for your cookbook and drawers that are really jars! Clever and so sweet!

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Something here for the Betty Boop lover in all of us!

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I didn’t know there was a paper called the Toronto Telegram. Closed long before I came here.

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Probably the weirdest and most creepiest display! That head looked so real! I think they were selling vintage hats among other things.

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More typical and less scary merchandise.

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Back to weird!

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Even bicycles for sale!

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Eclectic display.

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One of the few vintage furniture dealers.

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Same booth as the yellow tables. The French provincial set had very large handles you don’t often see.

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I could have browsed and rummaged all day!

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Vintage quilts. I have one of these ironing boards somewhere…

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Ahhhhh… the cherubs again

I lOve jewelry made from silverware.  It was here I bought my one item.  A key chain for $5 for my newly licensed driver daughter!

I LOVE jewelry made from silverware. It was here I bought my one item. A key chain for $5 for my newly licensed driver daughter!

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This is so politically incorrect!

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Vintage typewriters

This display was so bright and shiny, I had trouble getting a good picture

This display was so bright and shiny, I had trouble getting a good picture

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There were many vendors selling vintage furs. Again, they are no longer accepted in our society but man they are warm in our Canadian climate!

There were lots of jewelry vendors of all types. I liked how this vendor used a vintage sewing basket to display her vintage jewelry.

There were lots of jewelry vendors of all types. I liked how this vendor used a vintage sewing basket to display her vintage jewelry.

his woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to "Back Strap" weave.

This woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to “Back Strap” weave.

This woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to "Back Strap" weave.

Note the strap across her back which anchors the loom at one end while the other end is tied to something secure.

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The sale of these woven items support Guatemalan women’s guilds.

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The owner of this cutie was setting up his booth selling vintage shearling bomber jackets. Lots of Starbucks was being consumed since it is just down the street

Speaking of Starbucks, it’s time for another coffee!

But one last picture!

A block from the St Lawrence Market is my FAVORITE building in Toronto,
the GOODERMAN BUILDING,
often referred to as the “Flatiron Building”.

Facing the front of the building, the downtown core soars behind it.  One way to track the growth of towers in Toronto is to review the thousands of photos and paintings of this building since it’s completion in 1892.

Here it is captured on September 29th, 2013.

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I hope you enjoyed your visit to a little corner of historical Toronto.

What was your favourite part?

  15 Responses to “Toronto Sunday Market Visit”

  1. Oh wow, what fun shopping. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Thanks Marty. I love my city and hope to post more photos of the “not so obvious” landmarks and things to do.

  2. You are exactly right about those perforated brass discs, They go to a big music box. I’ve seen similar discs actually playing on an 1880s Regina Music Box at the Golden Lamb Inn (founded 1803) in Lebanon, Ohio. It is a large wooden box on a stand (almost as tall as a grandfather clock), with a lid that lifts up to reveal the turntable with metal “teeth” that holds the disc as it rotates. Each disc plays a song, sort of like a player piano. It operates with a crank on the side, like an old gramophone.

    After looking at your great pictures, I am dying to go see the St. Lawrence Market, whether they’re selling food or vintage!

    • Wow, thanks for the info! I should have asked because everyone wants to talk about their wares!

      Many Torontonians visit the food market every weekend… Living on the edge of the city and not having a big family does not warrant frequent visits in the early hours of Saturday mornings. But visiting the Food Market any time of the week is an absolutely delightful experience! The Sunday Antique / Flea Market across the street was so fun! You could tell people knew each other. I also love the dog friendly atmosphere although I think my big “doodle’ would be knocking things over with the powerful wag of his tail. And there would have been NO WAY I could have taken photos!

      I am so happy you enjoyed my post! Toronto is a great city!

  3. I could spend the weekend and still not be done so cool. I loved the funky cat sculpture visiting from silver pennies hop have a great day

  4. That quilt! So so beautiful! I have never been to St. Lawrence Market, but I want to go someday. I`ve seen it on television programs so many times, and it looks so fun.

    • Hi Erin. The quilt is lovely. The Sunday Market was fun and it was a beautiful fall day. I hope to get down to the Saturday farmers Market one day and post that visit too.

  5. Wow, your photos are just beautiful! Love the Gooderman Building. I could browse antiques all day long. That spice rack is such a treasure, and I’m loving all the vintage typewriters. Yeah, agreed, the head and also the cradle with axe and cleaver…. a little creepy.:) Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

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  7. I loved reading this. I’ve been to Toronto once and it is a gorgeous city. This market looked amazing. Bet it was so much fun to get lost there. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  8. What a fun place to explore! I love visiting markets when I travel. This one looks like it could occupy plenty of time in Toronto.

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