Antique Hunting at the St. Lawrence SUNDAY Market
Last weekend the EBB & FLOW team set our minds to prowling every square inch of the St. Lawrence antique market, looking for… well, anything! Because while I do have a list in mind of things I’m endlessly on the search for, there’s a special joy in hunting through various collectibles only to find something you never knew you needed in the first place. Some of my best finds have magically landed in my lap, while others have taken hours to secure. “Antiquing” or general thrifting, can definitely be hard work, but if you’re a true collection artist like me, the excitement really is in the hunt itself.
For my Toronto locals, The St. Lawrence market happens to serve up upwards of a 100 vendors, every Sunday, each offering their unique collections. The antique market fills the North Market building and surrounding plaza at 125 the Esplanade, from 7 am - 4 pm. Admission is free.
The area in its entirety, described in three parts as the St. Lawrence Hall, The South Market and the North Market, has undergone multiple redevelopments since it’s initial construction. The current Sunday antique market has resided in a temporary building (basically a giant white tent) since 2015.
We made sure to arrive early, leaving me with lots of time to ponder some choice finds (unfortunately I left a couple pieces I’d had my eye on go for too long, and I lost the opportunity to grab them!). We then made our way around the market, one vendor at a time, careful not to miss any tables.
I mentioned that I have a mental list of home amenities I’m endlessly on the hunt for when antiquing/ thrifting. To name a few... I’m always on the lookout for interesting art and frames (I’m especially attracted to vintage gold frames at the minute - and I’m loving mixing them with modern black or white frames on a statement wall).
I can’t help but add to my ever growing collection of glassware, and as it happens antique markets are a great place to score vintage crystal glasses and decanters. I also love serving trays, and silver plated tableware. When I’m shopping for decorative pieces and shelf accents, I keep my eyes peeled for figurines, paper weights, and vases (because the quality and detail of these items is usually much better than similar ones which are mass produced today).
We didn’t find anything on my list this trip, but there were lots of other cool finds. We even stumbled upon a decorative bathroom door piece that looks exactly like one I inherited from my grandmother.