Vancouver Flea Market

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Neighborhood: Yaletown & False Creek North
Yaletown has risen from the ashes of its rough-and-tumble industrial past into one of Vancouver's new chicest neighbourhoods. The place responsible for originating of the phrase 'skid row' might not call to mind independently-owned boutiques and terraced cafes, but having swallowed the waterfront lines of False Creek North, the resulting amalgamation transformed the area into an elegant, stylish hotspot with a view. Its youthful vibe owes to the many young families and young professionals who live there, bolstering nightlife and restaurant variety along its cobbled streets. It is the flagship neighbourhood for modern revitalization, and the It-Spot for boutique hotels and modish eats.
How to get there
  • Pacific Central Station • 8 min walk
  • Main St–Science World[e] • 10 min walk
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,002 contributions
Oct 2019
The Vancouver Flea Market, in operation since 1983, is a proverbial “shopping mall of garage sales.” With close to 40,000 square feet of space and over 360 vendor tables under one roof, chances are you’ll find many a unique treasure to take home or gift to a loved one. Parking can be an issue as it’s incredibly limited; however, the market is a mere 10-minute walk from the Main Street-Science World skytrain station. There is a very modest entrance fee of $1.50 per person, but that is a small price to pay given the eclectic mix of treasures inside.

My inner tourist finally got the better of me this past Fall. After riding by the Flea Market countless times – via Skytrain en route to Metrotown – I finally decided to stop and check it out. The sheer volume of materials can be overwhelming; so, I’d recommend setting aside at least a couple of hours to browse the tables. There’s everything and anything on hand: Vintage toys, jewelry, carvings, DVDs, VHS tapes (remember those?), tools, computer equipment, clothing, books, knickknacks . . . I could probably go on and on. If you have limited time, it would probably be advisable to formulate some kind of plan otherwise you’ll be running around madly in all directions. After you finish exploring, why not enjoy a burger at the modest on-site cafeteria?

I spent a little over an hour exploring the Flea Market. While there was a lot that caught my eye, I left with a few vintage trinkets and some old Canadian currency, which was dated 1937 (a great year!). I imagine one could visit the Flea Market over and over and be presented with new items each time. It’s diverse. It’s a cultural mosaic and thus represents some of the best this Province has to offer. If you have the time, I highly recommend patronizing this unique experience. There’s some junk, sure, but always remember that one person’s junk is another’s treasure ;)
Written February 11, 2020
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Kristy
North Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
Nov 2020 • Solo
Not as good as it use to be. Vancouver Flea Market used to have so many good antiques but now, it became very junkies with booths filled of crap from people garage and fake brands. There are some antique booths there, but beware, there are no prices mark on their items as they “screen” you base on how you dress and than give you a high price to see if you are stupid enough to accept. Most of the booths are not open in the AM, if you want to beat the rush hour, don’t bother because almost no booths are open. You needs to be there during the rush hour, like 1-4pm for most of the booths to be open.

Management needs a better way to runs this business. Management needs to make sure all booths are open at 9am and closed at 5pm, if not, there should be some kind of warning for them for not following the protocol. It is a waste of money for customers to experience for almost $5.00 with almost nothing open inside.
Written December 27, 2020
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DianaB48
Vancouver, Canada24 contributions
May 2014 • Family
The Vancouver Flea Market has improved immensely in the last couple years since they created a "vintage & antique" section at the west end. Tons of jewelry, toys, collectibles, sports memorabilia, artwork, musical instruments, housewares, etc. Worth stopping in at least once a month because vendors bring in new stock every weekend. They also have an "antique show" every couple of months which brings in antique vendors who don't usually sell there. Rest of the market is typical flea market goods (electronics, tools, clothing - you can even get your watch repaired!) and the multicultural, friendly atmosphere makes it an entertaining day out for the whole family. Admission is $1 (kids free) and parking onsite is $1 per hour (but parking on the side streets is free!).
Written May 30, 2014
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tony l
Vancouver, Canada2,796 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
Why they call The Vancouver Flea Market ??? Is more like Junk Stop Drop Off ! you pay 1.75 to get in ,what a dirty place ! I will not recommend it for any person ,special people vist Vancouver !
Written September 17, 2015
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Barbara B
1 contribution
May 2015 • Friends
The Vancouver Flea Market on Terminal is a great place to find almost anything! They have a section for just antiques and collectables but for the best bargains you have to check out the other vendors as well - some are very reasonably priced for nice vintage items but you really have to look. I found a fabulous mid-century modern lamp for less than $20! You can park behind the flea market on the road and it is free and almost always a spot. I have parked there many times and I felt very safe. It costs a dollar to get in but if you want to buy something most of the vendors will bargain with you and it is likely that you will get a dollar off if you play your cards right! Loads of fun!
Written May 24, 2015
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DianaB48
Vancouver, Canada24 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
If you like thrift store shopping, you'll like the flea market. If you enjoy meeting people from other cultures and hearing a variety of languages as you walk down the aisles, you'll like the flea market. If you don't like the above, I suggest you stick to commercial shopping malls.

Worth visiting frequently because stock & vendors change weekly. A wide range of vendors: some come for the day and set up a table with "garage sale"-type household items. Many are permanent vendors selling anything from used tools to vintage Barbie to antique furniture. Tons of cheap vinyl records, DVDs, video games. Most vendors will haggle if you are respectful.

Parking for $1.25/hour, but plenty of free parking on the side streets. Admission $1.25, & you can get a hand stamp so you can leave & come back. Cafeteria on site with a burgers & fries menu; other fast food places on the same street. Open at 9 am, but many regular vendors don't show up until 10 or 11. Check Vancouver Craigslist before you go, to narrow your search - several vendors advertise regularly there.
Written January 17, 2018
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Elena Or
3 contributions
Nov 2020
We simply do not see the allure of this place. A filthy marketplace, with tourists in mind to sell souveniors to.
Written November 17, 2020
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Siddharthg86
New Delhi, India310 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
I loved the flea market, it was small but had varieties. Had several candle shops, fragrance related cosmetics shops, clothes, handbags,
paintings, crockeries, unique items, etc. It was nice experience.
Written May 1, 2018
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Diane S
Vancouver26 contributions
Mar 2018
Found vendors willing to haggle over prices and helpful. Good variety of goods being sold. Stalls open and nobody around to ask prices on items, I found strange. Both buyers and sellers very friendly . Showed up just minutes after opening and most vendors were just strolling in as we were ready to leave, two hours later. Scooped some good deals.
Written March 31, 2018
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MarktheWay
Anchorage, AK390 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
It was an interesting experience for a few hours. Do not have any expectations of this place before going. We had to pay $2.50 for 2 hours parking and $1.50 per person admission. We were hoping to find antiques and other vintage items. We looked around but the prices were not great. There were booths that were covered up. We did find a vintage wash board which had a glass board rather than the typical tin type washboard. It also had faded lettering with the washboard brand made in Vancouver Canada. We asked the vendor how much it cost? He indicated $40, but then agreed to $20 to make a sale for the day. When I pulled out my money to pay, he said $30. We both clearly heard $20. We were not going to follow through with this deal and so we started to walk away. He then said $25. I do not like to do business with disreputable people, but since I really wanted the vintage glass washboard we paid the $25 and quickly walked away and left the market in disgust. So Caveat emptor - “let the buyer beware!”
Written February 19, 2018
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