Eastside Flea Market Unveils its Permanent Location this Weekend

Eastside Flea | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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One of Vancouver’s most unique shopping markets has found a new, permanent location inside the once-decrepit Ellis Building located near Main & Terminal in East Vancouver. The Eastside Flea is a “modern day flea market” that has taken place across the city at various venues (including the Wise Hall), events (including the Food Truck Festival), and universities (including UBC).

The market is inspired by the Brooklyn flea market culture and brings a diverse mixture of vendors into one location. Past markets have had local vendors hawking vintage clothing, crystal jewelry, delicious smelling candles, animal skulls, collectibles, leather goods, and artisan food.

After roving the city in various locations, the Eastside Flea has finally settled itself down at Main & Terminal (fairly close to its much bigger brother, the Vancouver Flea Market). And after a huge renovation, the location is finally ready to open with a highly-anticipated grand opening event this weekend to celebrate.

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Eastside Flea Market Unveils its Permanent Location this Weekend

Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

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Founded by a saloon owner and entrepreneur named ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton in the 1860s long before there even was a Vancouver, Gastown is the city’s original neighbourhood.

A statue of Gassy Jack marks the spot where the city was founded and along with the Gastown Steam Clock, is a favourite spot for visitors to grab a photo. Gassy Jack’s legacy lives on today as Gastown is now one of the hippest and trendiest dining and nightlife destinations in Vancouver.

It’s hard to imagine today, but in the 1970s, the city was planning on demolishing the neighbourhood to make room for a 12-lane freeway along the waterfront. Unlike the waterfront in Toronto, Chicago and New York, Vancouver decided to preserve the neighbourhood. It’s now a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

Vancouver Christmas Shopping: 6 Holiday Markets and Pop-Ups

Holiday Cards at We Are Local. Photo credit: We Are Local

With just two weekends to go before Christmas, it’s time to start or finish your holiday shopping. I respect both camps of shoppers: the early birds and the swift’n’serious. Early birds know what they’re after and exactly how long it takes to secure such a prize. The swift’n’serious crew relies on last minute inspiration.

Whichever camp you belong to, here’s a round-up of Vancouver’s most exciting, Christmas-only shopping options. You’re already familiar with the big malls and shopping districts. These are the seasonal gems that feature unique, often locally-made goods.

From holiday craft markets to holiday pop-up shops, here are some ideas to help you find something special for everyone on your gift list.

6 Holiday Markets and Pop-Ups

1) The Great Canadian Craft Fair: Saturday, Dec. 15 – Sunday, Dec. 16
Bah-zillion (200) B.C. vendors take over the iconic Salt Building in False Creek selling handmade indie wares including ethical baby clothes, quilts, terrarium globes and so much more. There will be cocoa and face painting for the kiddos, plus workshops and music. It’s open 10am-6pm. Tickets are $7 on Eventbrite. Continue reading:
Vancouver Christmas Shopping: 6 Holiday Markets and Pop-Ups

Gather Pop-Up Shop in Gastown, July 27-29: Creativity, Community and Collections to Covet

Urban socials are the new craft fair and Gather Pop-Up Shop, on in Gastown July 27-29, is your chance to find out more about the latest breed of creative community shopping event.

More intimate and more curated than a market, Gather takes place in the former Boneta space at 1 East Cordova and features collections by 20 local designers plus eight creative workshops.

The designers (AW by Andrea Wong, Love Jules Leather, Fleet Objects) are unquestionably a draw. The workshops add the extra dazzle to a fun, summer social event.

Attendees have a chance to learn all the latest Instagram tricks, hairstyling, how to build a terrarium, cocktail mixology with a Boneta bartender and even embroidery, while making new friends.

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Gather Pop-Up Shop in Gastown, July 27-29: Creativity, Community and Collections to Covet

Beggars Banquet Brings Pop-up Flea Market Style to Gastown, June 15-16

Beggars Banquet in Gastown. Photo credit: Beggars Banquet

The old Boneta space at 1 Cordova Street will come to life this weekend with Beggars Banquet, a pop-up flea market with cash bar, June 15 – 16.

This is not your typical antique fair or sample sale. Like its neighbours in the edgy Gastown retail and design district, Beggars Banquet is a carefully curated selection of goods for all types of collectors, from vintage clothing fiends to those after new clothing labels, curios, records, skateboards, home decor and hand-crafted goods.

Named after The Rolling Stones’ 1968 album, Beggars is the see-and-be-seen Gastown weekend social event. It has enjoyed immense popularity since it launched in January 2012. The market this weekend is the fifth Beggars Banquet event, taking place 6pm to 11pm Friday, and 11am to 6pm Saturday.

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Beggars Banquet Brings Pop-up Flea Market Style to Gastown, June 15-16

Army & Navy Shoe Sale 2012: 100,000 Shoes at $40 or Less

63rd Annual Army & Navy Shoe Sale. Photo: Breakfast with Nat and Drew / Facebook

Ladies who love shoes—and great deals—get ready: The 63rd annual Army & Navy Shoe Sale 2012 starts this Wednesday, April 25, which means 100,000 shoes from major designers and brands will be marked down to $40-or-less a pair!

Canada’s largest shoe sale and a hugely popular event—organizers estimate that 3,000 Vancouver women will hit the Army & Navy Shoe Sale on opening day alone—the sale offers on-trend ladies’ shoes from such top-line designers as BCBG, Coach, Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Eli Tahari, Fergalicious, Guess, DKNY, Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, and Steve Madden. Though original “sticker prices” for the shoes can be as high as $800, all shoes will be marked down to $40 or less!

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Vancouver in a Day: Shopping

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

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Vancouver in a Day: Shopping