The Weston Flea, one of the weirdest, most wonderful places in Toronto is closing at the end of the month. So I went last weekend to pay my respects and possibly pick up some treasures.
I first heard of it through our friend Darren O’Donnell who was captivated by the odd collection of stalls selling off brand underwear and fragrances. He even did a Nuit Blanche installation based on its offerings.
There are other fleas across the GTA, but this one was the only one I knew of where you could by knock-off Gucci Watches, get your nails done, get your hair braided, have your portrait sketched and eat pupusas, pho and pakoras under one roof.
My favourite finds from the Weston Flea were a Vivienne Westwood top from a booth that sold second hand clothing and an original artwork by the Painters Eleven artist Tom Hodgson.
On this last trip, a lot of the stalls had already shuttered but I was happy that my fave watch guy was still there. I had to buy this new old stock Casio G-Shock From 2008 as a tribute.