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Published June 16th 2013
Get your market therapy on at Toronto markets
Over the years I have heard a number of people rave about the Toronto markets out at Lions Park off the main road to Toronto at Anzac Parade. Being a self-confessed markets nut, I had to check it out.
Occuring every third Sunday in the month, Toronto markets are one of those things you have to put in the calendar otherwise you can forget to get out there unless you are a local driving past. I am not a local.
Parking is available at these markets on the Main Road or there is designated parking (with the help of a friendly attendant) off Anzac Parade which is neat. Markets are no fun when you have to walk for miles just to get there.
These markets are big, perhaps not as big as Islington markets, but there is a lot to see.
Stalls are rather varied in content. There is quite a bit of handicraft here and local produce including honey, eggs, biscuits, cakes, fruit and veg. There are tools, carpets, pet supplies, toys, fishing gear (quite a bit of boys' stuff), books galore, DVDs, video games, memorabilia, furniture, baby gear and a whole lot of bric-a-brac.
The atmosphere is different to Islington markets in that there is less clothing for sale, however there is some still available which is new and used. Prices seem slightly higher than some other markets, but things here are still reasonable and cheaper than in stores. If you are after home wares you must come see, there is a generous array of glassware and kitchenware. Vintage and retro lovers might find some real treasures here.