The Brunchers’ Flea

Later hours for Victoria Flea Market in Market Square’s courtyard, 560 Johnson St.

It’s Sunday. You want to sleep in, enjoy a lazy morning, and now you’ve missed one of the best Sunday events in the city.  Not anymore. The Victoria Flea Market is returning to Market Square with longer, later hours.

In its inaugural year at Market Square last summer, Valerie Rawlings, Victoria Flea Market manager, says vendors noticed a lot of shoppers were showing up at the Flea around 2:30pm-3pm, only to be disappointed that it closed at 3pm. This years’ market will run 10am to 4pm every Sunday beginning May 3, in Market Square’s courtyard, 560 Johnson St.

“It’s the best location in the city,” Rawlings says. “It’s the High Street of flea markets.”

Last year was a gamble for Rawlings in two ways, moving the flea downtown and moving it outdoors for the warmer months. It turned out to be a good bet. The sellers loved being outdoors in a historic setting with a European feel, and the city folk and tourists both jumped at the chance to treasure hunt for vintage jewelry, vinyl and unique décor for their condos, among other things.

“When you buy something that’s already vintage and good quality, the value is always going to go up. A lot of people like shopping for investments when they come to the flea,” says Rawlings.

The free admission has opened the doors to a whole new clientele of shoppers. Wandering around the flea with a coffee in your hand, exploring the vendors’ wares for something that catches your eye is more than just shopping. It’s a social experience that more and more people are discovering.

“It’s like a surprise package coming to a flea market,” says Rawlings. “You never know what you’ll find!”

 

Just Posted

Mathieu Poirier: Craft beer and carnivores collide at Brewery and the Beast

Popular event continues to grow, spreading out at Royal Athletic Park

Behind Bars: Variety the name of the game at The Churchill

Bar manager Tyler Rowe enjoys helping promote Victoria spirits and beers

Enjoy a Night Under the Stars to help sick kids

Harvest on the Harbour offers locally sourced gourmet meal, plus live entertainment on Sept. 20

Mix and mingle at free artist talk today atop Bastion Square parkade

Public art the topic of panel discussion; concert, food and beverage options also part of evening

Taking risks: Victoria theatre expert and author gains traction for his new model of tragedy

Edwin Wong releases Risk Theatre book, hosts successful global playwriting competition

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

New ‘Matrix’ film set with Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski

Fourth installment to feature Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity

Margaret Atwood talks Handmaid’s Tale sequel at UVic

Sold-out Sept. 27 event illustrates iconic Canadian author’s popularity in literary haven of Victoria

For the Love of Fibre: Fibrations 2019 wrapup

Fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Tour de Victoria: Giving you the down low on detours around the region

Thousands of cyclists participating in ninth Tour de Victoria on Saturday

Christopher Auchter’s story headed to the international stage at Toronto International Film Fest

Old Massett totem pole raising revisited in Christopher Auchter’s documentary Now Is The Time

Saanich Peninsula student scores only scholarship for Canadians offered by top U.S. music school

Stelly’s grad Isaiah Carvalhal-Smith and his electric bass off to Boston after successful audition

Yellow Wolf Powwow draws dancers from across Canada

Saanichton event a celebration of Indigenous culture

Most Read