The Hillhurst-Sunnyside flea market puts the unity in community.
Each Sunday, people flock to the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association’s hall on 5th Avenue N.W. just east of 14th Street West, to discover a variety of different things you just can’t find anywhere else.
“Most people will come to a flea market because they’re looking for odd ball stuff,” says vendor Calvin Hall.
Hall has been coming to the market every Sunday for the last 30 years and has done extremely well is his sales of antiques and collectables.
“If you have the right stuff you do very well here,” says Hall.
David Gaskin, who has attended the flea market regularly over the past 25 years, says his favorite aspects of the market to be more than just the interesting antiques and nic-nacs he’s found there, but the people as well.
“It’s always lively,” says Gaskin.
“Parking is a challenge (but) that just shows how popular it is,” he says.
Affection for the market’s atmosphere was evident on a recent visit.
“I enjoy the sense of community that comes from an event like this,” said customer Evan Van Reekum.
“It takes people away from malls, box stores and reminds them that a tradition like that can still exist.”
Van Reekum has come to the market a couple times recently, in search of used phonograph records and says it’s the best place in the city to find them.
His favorite vendor at the market sells a collection of records from the 1960’s.
“I think he buys a lot of his stuff from different dealers and collectors from the States, which is why he has a lot of stuff you can’t easily find in Canada.”
Eleanore Fournier has also attended the market a few times and says its like a giant thrift store, making her a big fan. It is the market’s atmosphere that keeps drawing her back.
“I like the fact that it’s a Calgary community together, hanging out, that it’s local and that everyone is so relaxed,” she said.
The flea market is held every Sunday at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Those with stuff to sell can book a table at the market for $25. Call 4030283-0554, Ext. 231 to arrange for a table.