For lovers of antiques for those with tight budgets, few things are more exciting than digging for treasures from times long gone in European flea markets. From bowls dating from the mid-century to old photo albums, statuettes of ancient porcelain and vintage artwork, you never know what you might find there. Each treasure has a story, so each artifact must be inspected, you can just imagine to whom it used to belong and where they might come from. The findings from flea markets represent excellent souvenirs; it's like taking home a piece of history from the old continent. In this article we will describe to you three of the best flea markets on the Old Continent, at they are said to be by most visitors.
London offers a wide selection of flea markets throughout the city. One of the most multifaceted such places is the Covent Garden Market, which can be easily reached by metro, as you get down to the Covent Garden station. Best offer products can be found on Sundays between 11 and 18; however other markets are open Monday to Saturday 10-18. Apple Market is the main market area where you can find smaller objects from glassware to leather. Many goods are not old - just a few artisans offering handmade products. Further back is the Jubilee Market. Mondays, so Apple Market and Jubilee Market are occupied by various sellers of antiques. Tuesday, the Jubilee Market vendors sell modern items such as scarves, jewelry, t-shirts etc.
Established in 2004 in Flohmarkt am Mauerpark (Mauer Park Flea Market), it is full of vendors selling ... well, all sorts of stuff ... both old and new. Is the right place if you want to buy a bike, hats, sunglasses, vintage, old photo albums or mid-century furniture with which you can decorate an apartment in Berlin. There are some green areas where you can eat. It is recommended to associate a platter of Turkish specialties (full of fresh vegetables, potatoes with herbs, lamb and onion) with a cup of gluhwine (mulled wine with rum). The market is located near the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jan-Stadion station where the M10 tram stops (formerly Oderberger Straße) and can be reached on foot from the Eberswalder Straße station in the U2 line. Remember that the market is near Mauer Park, not inside it. It is open only on Sundays between 8 am and 6 pm.
A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to the most famous flea market in town, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, often called Les Puces (fleas). It is situated at Porte de Clignancourt. To get there take the subway number 4 to Porte de Clignancourt station. Les Puces stalls are open every Saturday between 9 to 18, 10 to 18 Sunday and Monday from 11 to 17. For sellers, it is difficult to get hold of a stall in the market, because many of them have been passed on from generation to generation within the families of antiques collectors. Prepare to find various goods prices - and remember that vendors expect you to bargain with them. Two of the favorite places for visitors in this market are Marché Serpette and Marché Paul Bert (Serpette Rue de Rosiers is in 110, and Paul Bert in Rue de Rosiers 96 and Rue Paul Bert 18). Both offer quality assortment of furniture, Art Deco prints, vintage jewelry, mirrors etc.
It is up to you what hidden treasure you will choose. Enjoy the “hunt”!
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