The minute I saw the colorful, funky poster for Flea Market Barcelona in a cafe window, I knew I had to go. As a recovering shopaholic, I decided this was where I wanted to spend my cheat day.
Flea Market Barcelona is a monthly flea market where people sell and exchange second-hand products such as well-kept clothing, accessories, books and music all at reasonable prices.
Founded in 2007, their philosophy has been and will always be ‘one man’s garbage is another man’s gold’.
For those interested in all things vintage, unique and fun, write down in your calendar that Fleadonia is the first Sunday of the month in Plaza Salvador Seguí, while El Flea is on the second Sunday of the month in Plaza Blanquerna. In addition, in the months of May, June, September and October El Flea will be held on the second and fourth Sunday of the month as well, May 22, June 26, September 25 and October 23.
This past weekend was a bit of a shift in both date and location in order to celebrate May 1st (worker’s day). After hopping off the metro at the Drassanes stop, I walked a few blacks and as I turned a corner, I was shocked to see at least 35 individual vendors set up in the square. I found myself browsing through stands in the Plaza de la Mercè del Gotic, a sunny square surrounded by bustling local businesses. The open air environment was a great way to soak in the sun, while also occasionally ducking under shade tents that were available. There was simply everything, from antiques, clothing for every season (some new, some old), jewelry, sunglasses, shoes and plants.
Each seller was incredibly friendly and helped me pick out some of my new favorite pieces. In addition, market attendants were walking around the square for those with any questions. The market was pet, family and kid friendly and there was truly something for everyone.
Some highlights? Vintage designer (Louis Vuitton wallet anyone?), handmade beaded rose quartz jewelry, and some original artistic posters and graphics of iconic Barcelona spots, a great gift to bring home for visitors! And if you’re lucky like me you can give your wallet a break for a moment and witness a just-married couple drive away in an old mustang after the ceremony in the Basílica de la Mercè next door.
The atmosphere was colorful and festive music played while dozens of people milled about making conversation in several languages. With a location just two blocks away from the marina, I couldn’t help but enjoy taking a cool walk along the beach afterwards.
In order to stay updated on possible cancellations, change in location, information about selling, or for general questions refer to FleaMarketBcn.com and follow them on Instagram to learn more about things like pop ups and vendors.
By Leah Pratley
About the author
Hello! I’m a student at the University of Oregon studying abroad in Barcelona for 8 weeks. I’m excited to be here and contribute to Frikifish, which allows me to explore the city and all of the incredible art it has to offer. I enjoy reading, writing, going to museums, and the beach. That being said, I couldn’t picture a better place than Barcelona. Hope you enjoy following along with me!