For some people the idea of step into a flea market is just a waste of time. Probably because they are not very fond of old used stuff.
For others the idea doesn’t even cross their minds because they think of it as a place full of useless trash. But for me flea markets are a place with very interesting and cool stuff full of history. Stuff that sometimes can transport you to a different era where things worked and were created differently. Things that I can collect, resale, use them as a home decor, or give them as a gift, and most of then just for a few bucks.
While leaving in New York, I discover the magic of walking around flea markets. The first one I visited was the Green Flea Market, at Columbus Avenue between West 76th 77th Streets, Manhattan. Nowadays the vendors not only have antiques or used items, is amazing all the stuff you can find there. From craft by local artisan to collectibles, vintage clothing to shoes, and everything in between. Sometimes they also sell freshly made food.
I kept visiting a few more, and I so loved them that I decided to visit a flea market every time I travel outside the country or city, so instead of getting too many souvenir I would get something crafted or a unique item.
If you never have been in one maybe you should give it try, you might be surprise. Don’t forget to bring cash with you, vendors don’t usually take credit or debit cards.
Good look and have fun fleaing!
Below a list of flea markets I have been, along with some pictures of them and a picture of some stuff I have gotten at flea markets.
Brocante Sint-Jacobs (Sint-Jacobs and Beverhoutplein).
Green Flea Market.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.
Mercado de las pulgas.
Mercado de Antigüedades Port Antic.