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Sonic Boom serves as a second home to music-lovers of all kinds, particularly to vinyl aficionados as it has the best record selection in the city. After moving their vinyl section from the back of the store to the basement and simultaneously creating a stage for free all-ages shows, it jumped to the forefront of must-visit stores for any indie music fan looking for a rare find or a great recommendation. The staff is helpful and friendly, which is a nice change from the pretentious attitude that is sometimes displayed at other record stores in the city. Open late every day, swing by to sell your used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, videogames, and even videotapes.
BMV Bookstore, with three branches in Toronto, is a serious book lover's haven. This flagship branch in The Annex neighborhood offers four storeys filled with popular as well as rare books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and magazines. The highlight of this place is that the pre-owned merchandise is available at highly discounted rates, yet this store ensures that their products are not worn out or unusable. This is one of the biggest second-hand book shops in Canada. One can spend hours browsing through the racks of classics, best sellers and special editions. This place is most popular for its large collection of comics, where customers can complete their collection of books featuring their favorite comic characters.
Founded in 1996, this 100 percent Canadian-owned super bookstore chain has created a name for itself by providing a comfortable, homely atmosphere with bookshelves and armchairs resembling those in a living room. You can sip a coffee in the Indigo Café while reading the latest bestseller and listening to a live jazz performance. There are also special author appearances and book signings.
Dr. Flea's Flea Market is touted to be the largest of its kind in the city. This weekend market was established in 1987 and features an indoor and outdoor shopping area. From collectibles to cosmetics, home products to clothing, comic books to records and food stalls to farmer's market, there is plenty to shop about. You will also find nail salons, hairdressers, bakeries, poultry and delis. With more than 400 vendors, you will get some great bargain deals here.
From clothing, fragrances, Chinese art, gift articles, antiques, accessories to repair shops, household items and much more, Mississauga Flea Market is where you can find it all. Open only on Saturdays and Sundays, a visit to this flea market is must while in the city for the array of products and service it has on offer. For those wishing to buy fresh produce, the farmers' market at the Mississauga Flea Market comes highly recommended, as they sell fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from nearby farms. The Mississauga Flea Market also has an extensive food court where visitors can sample Oriental to Occidental cuisine.