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“Flea Markets” – an early treasure hunt for Christmas presents

 Flea market

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The origin of the fleamarket:

One idea historians have is that flea market comes from the outdoor bazaars of Paris, some of which have been around for hundreds of years. The term first sprang up in the 1880s when an unknown bargain hunter looked upon the market with its rags and old furniture and dubbed it“lemarché aux puces” ‐ market of fleas, because of shoppers’ perceptions that some of the more time‐worn wares sold there carried the little bloodsuckers. The first recorded appearance in English that the Oxford Dictionary lists, from 1922, makes reference to this origin.

Another possible origin has its roots in the same French markets, but with a twist on the words and meaning. As the city planners of Paris began laying down its broad avenues and constructing new buildings, some of the side streets and alleyways that were home to the second‐hand outdoor markets and stalls were demolished. The merchants were forced to take their wares and set up shop elsewhere. Once re‐established, the exiled bazaars came to be known, in English, as “flee”markets.

A third explanation comes from colonial America. The Dutch traders who settled New York had an outdoor market they called the Vlaie ‐ pronounced “fly” Market, named from the Dutch word for“swamp” and referencing the market’s location on what was once a salt marsh.

Source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31795/why‐are‐flea‐markets‐called

 

10 things you can you expect to find in a fleamarket:

 

*  MUSIC VINYLS and TAPES Jewlery

*  CAST IRON PANS

*  SOLID WOODEN FURNITURE

*  JEWELRY

*  PICTURE FRAMES, antique PHOTOGRAPHS and PAINTINGS

*  LEATHERBAGS

*  SILVER PLATES AND CUTLERY

*  BOOKS

*  ANTIQUE TOYS

* LACES and EMBROIDERY

 

10 tips to keep in mind at the flea market treasurehunt:

  •  Early bird gets the worm
  • Bring some instruments along — a tape measure, a camera and note pad
  • Look for signs of age
  • Talk to dealers ‐ your local experts
  • Develop your eye ‐ and your ears and nose, too
  • Be Sherlock Holmes. Synthesize the clues
  • Do your homework, come informed
  • Take achance
  • Cultivate patience
  • Follow your heart. Buy what you love

source:http://www.npr.org/2011/06/18/137219925/hidden‐gems‐and‐killer‐stuff‐a‐flea‐market‐how‐to

Date Created: 13 November 2015 by Vittoria Soddu

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