Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Discover Some of the Most Tempting Vintage Markets across the Globe

Whilst we’re partial to the occasional high street splurge, sometimes we love nothing more than a good old rummage. There’s nothing like the feeling of emerging from a market or car boot with a bag full of unique treasure! So, we've scoured the globe to find the world’s very best vintage markets. Enjoy! 

Best for Size: Brooklyn Flea Market

Since its inception in 2008, Brooklyn flea market has become a vintage shopping Mecca and has even been described by the New York Times as “One of the great urban experiences in New York”. With over a hundred vendors to get around, you’ll want to put aside the best part of a morning for optimum rummaging time. 

What’s for Sale? Vinyl records, Asian hot dogs, classic spectacles, vintage handbags, bicycles and typewriters. 
Where? Check the website for the most up to date information.
How much? Prices vary from low to mid-range.

Best for Atmosphere: The Marrakech Souks

You may think that you’ve seen it all, but a trip to the Marrakech souks will definitely present you with a few surprises. Motorcyclists speed through narrow crowded walkways where human teeth and pet tortoises dwell together on the same stall.  

The Marrakech Souks are a culmination of the bizarre and brilliant, as pyramids of spices are displayed for sale in addition to hand-crafted leather shoes and jewellery. Weaving in and out of the Souks past workshops and stalls, you can’t help but feel as though this must be one of the most vibrant places on earth - the sights, the smells, the sounds... Marrakech really does evoke every sense.

What’s for Sale? Every spice you could ever imagine, plus you’ll find the usually expensive Saffron spice available at a snip of UK prices. Argan oil, gemstone jewellery and intricate ceramics are also popular finds.
Where? Jama el Finar, Marrakech, Morocco.
How much? Prices may appear high but don’t forget to haggle – Marrakech traders thrive on bartering and are usually willing to drop their original price by up to 70%.

Best for a Bargain: Battersea Car Boot Sale

Forget waking up at the crack of dawn to rifle through old tat, Battersea cat boot sale starts at midday and is known for selling high end goods at lemonade prices. This thriving car boot is well established and never fails to draw a large crowd. 

What’s for sale? Vintage designer clothes, second hand sewing machines, premium mountain bikes and miscellaneous bric-a-brac.
Where? Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP.
Don’t Miss: London is also known for hosting its fair share of vintage kilo sales usually held in East End warehouses, buyers pay by the kilo (4-5 items of clothing) and prices typically range from £15 to £35 - an absolute steal! 

Have you visited a good vintage market that you’d like to share with us? Tag your vintage market photos @Nica_handbags on Twitter and @nicahandbags on Instagram with #NicaVintage 

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