You’ve probably heard the term “Flea Market” before. You may have even visited a flea market. But, unless you’re a garage-saling, thrift-storing, antiquing pro, you probably have questions about flea markets, what they are, and how they can help you save and make money.
What is a Flea Market?
Put simply, a flea market is a type of street market in which vendors sell second-hand (or previously-used) merchandise. While you could sell almost anything at a flea market, items such as collectibles, vintage clothing, and antiques are typical merchandise.
If you’re still having trouble visualizing a flea market, think of a Saturday market full of home-grown food and trinkets, but instead, the merchandise is antique, upcycled, or second-hand.
While initially, flea markets took place outside today, you can find them indoors or out depending on the weather and the venue.
Outdoor markets selling various goods have existed for millennia, but the term flea market has relatively recent origins.
There are a few different theories, but the most popular is that flea market is a translation of the French term “marché aux puces,” meaning “market of the fleas.” The term was first used in stories about a market in Paris in the 1860s known as the marché aux puces.
Another theory suggests that the origin of the flea market refers not to pesky bugs but rather the homophone flee. This story says that changes to street and building designs forced second-hand dealers to flee their old dwellings and that the resulting outdoor market consisting of stalls became the marché aux puces or flea market..
First, flea markets can either be more permanent or seasonal. The more formal, permanent markets can be found throughout the year and keep regular hours similar to any other business. Formal flea markets tend to have consistent vendors who make flea market buying and selling their business or a consistent side hustle.
Additionally, flea markets can be categorized by their location.
As mentioned, originally, flea markets were open-air or outdoors. However, modern flea markets can take place indoors, outdoors, and, more recently, online.
Saving Money as a Buyer
On the other hand, flea markets also represent an opportunity to find treasures and unique items, often for less than you would pay at a department store. Just the fact that you’re buying used will likely save you money..